LinuxQuestions.org
Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 12-13-2008, 05:10 PM   #1
Frenger
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Posts: 9

Rep: Reputation: 0
Question Problem connecting to wireless internet. (Fedora 10)


I guess I'll start off by saying I'm completely new to Linux. I had some problems with Mac OS X on my apple powerbook G4, and decided to give Linux a try as opposed to paying something like 600 to get my laptop fixed. I stumbled upon Fedora 10 and decided to use it since it appeared to have the best Power PC support of all the distributions I came across.

So long story short, I managed to install Fedora 10 and everything is running smoothly, except I cannot connect to the wireless internet in my house.

I'm not sure exactly what I have to do on my computer to connect, but all the logical things I've done seem to suggest something is amiss. When I click on the wireless icon (the one right next to my name in the upper right, the same icon on windows) I see Wireless Connections greyed out and unclickable, and it doesn't seem that my computer is picking up any wireless connections where my mac picks up about 6, both mine and my neighbors'.

The two solutions I see are:

1. I need some sort of driver for the airport card preinstalled in my machine.

2. I just don't know what I'm doing and need to be taught what to do.

Thanks, and If there is a more appropriate forum for this question, might a mod move it there? I figured it was better here than in Laptops.
 
Old 12-14-2008, 12:28 AM   #2
shane25119
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Illinois
Distribution: Linux Mint XFCE
Posts: 653

Rep: Reputation: 53
Wireless has always been the trickiest part of notebooks to get working, and since it is a mac its a little bit more tricky.

I saw a program highlighted the other day which might help you out....

http://easylinuxwifi.org/

This is a program I used a few years ago to use the proprietary driver for my old Acer laptop so I could wireless in it. Apparently now- it does it for you.

You may need to download the wireless driver from Apple and use the regular old NDISwrapper app to get it running.

Let us know how it goes.
 
Old 12-14-2008, 01:47 AM   #3
AwesomeMachine
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: USA and Italy
Distribution: Debian testing/sid; OpenSuSE; Fedora; Mint
Posts: 2,595

Rep: Reputation: 454Reputation: 454Reputation: 454Reputation: 454Reputation: 454
I would try lspci -vv | less, and look at what exact wireless adapter you have. Then, you can investigate driver possibilities, and if there is a linux driver, you're home free. Usually linux packages are .tar.gz, or .tar.bz2. You use tar zxvf file.tar.gz for gzip files, and tar jxvf file.tar.bz2 for bzip files. Then you can read the instructions, and install the driver.

For instance: The adapter in one of my lappies is Intel 3945 BG. There is a linux driver for this chip, and it actually has a package with the distro on that machine, Debian Lenny. So I just installed the package, and let 'er rip. But it's not always that easy.
 
Old 12-14-2008, 05:17 AM   #4
Frenger
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Posts: 9

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by shane25119 View Post
Wireless has always been the trickiest part of notebooks to get working, and since it is a mac its a little bit more tricky.

I saw a program highlighted the other day which might help you out....

http://easylinuxwifi.org/

This is a program I used a few years ago to use the proprietary driver for my old Acer laptop so I could wireless in it. Apparently now- it does it for you.

You may need to download the wireless driver from Apple and use the regular old NDISwrapper app to get it running.

Let us know how it goes.
I was unable to get that program to work, I suspect due to the fact that I've been using Linux for less than a day.

I extracted the program, and opened the instructions which told me tp place the folder in my home directory. When I placed it in the folder on my desktop ([My Name]'s Home) and typed the command in Terminal it said no such directory exists. When I tried to place it in the folder named just 'home' it said i did not have permission.

What do I have to do?
 
Old 12-14-2008, 12:18 PM   #5
shane25119
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Illinois
Distribution: Linux Mint XFCE
Posts: 653

Rep: Reputation: 53
Ok- so this is a tarball file- installing those was actually one of the first things I learned how to do on Linux way back in the day....

first off you want to extract the file- think like a winzip file on Windows

Code:
tar -xzvf filename.tar.gz
This will create a folder right next to the tarball- probably sitting on your desktop (or whereever you save the tarball itself to.

Next you want to go into that folder

Code:
cd filename
Please note it is 'filename' and not 'filename.tar.gz' at this point

At this point you might want to check for a README file to give you specific directions, you can do that by clicking on the folder and looking around, or you can do it via the command line with the following commands::::

Code:
ls
Code:
kate README
or
Code:
vi README
In this case it is called instructions- it gives you anything that deviates from the norm---- I've got that file open on my computer now... I'll walk you through this one- I just want to put it out there so you know to look next time.

Now, installing programs is a root user privilege- so we need to temporarily become the root user.
Code:
su
and then enter your password

Next, paste this in
Code:
python ~/Auto-NDIS-0.1/auto-ndis.py
From that point you should be smooth sailing. The INSTRUCTIONS file suggests the program will prompt you for everything from then on... but if it doesn't these are your dependencies (think of a dependency as a 'required to work' file- Kind of like DirectX being required for certain games. Python is the main one- if you get an error about needing some other program installed search LQ for how to install it in Fedora 10 (I haven't used Fedora since #2 or #3- so I can't offer much on how to install dependencies in it.

Either way- let us know how it goes.
 
Old 12-14-2008, 01:21 PM   #6
Frenger
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Posts: 9

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thanks for the help, but I'm still having trouble getting this to work.

When I tried to extract it with the:

Code:
tar -xzvf filename.tar.gz
I got the error: "Cannot open: No such file or directory" (at this point the tarbell was on my desktop).

However, I was able to extract it just by double clicking on it, which I had done before. When I tried the:

Code:
python ~/Auto-NDIS-0.1/auto-ndis.py
(after successfully becoming the root user) I got the same error message as I got before, except this time the folder was on my desktop.

It doesn't seem to be able to find the file no matter where it is.
 
Old 12-14-2008, 01:30 PM   #7
shane25119
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Illinois
Distribution: Linux Mint XFCE
Posts: 653

Rep: Reputation: 53
Hmmmmmm..... so first rule of Linux- don't give up.

Second rule- when posting provide details- which you've been doing- so kudos in that direction.

So you've been able to extract that folder? You have a folder on your desktop marked 'autondisetc' (or whatever it is)

Now... when you ran:
Quote:
python ~/Auto-NDIS-0.1/auto-ndis.py
were you in the folder you created?

In the command line you need to issue that command from the right folder.

So it would go like this

Code:
cd /home/shane/Desktop/auto-ndis
In that example: the username is shane, and I am telling the computer I want to go to the folder called ndis on my desktop.

Also- before when I said filename.tar.gz, I was substituting in filename as a variable for the actual filename.... I'm sorry I could have been clearer.

We'll get this thing working- it might just take a couple of these posts.
 
Old 12-15-2008, 11:51 AM   #8
shane25119
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Illinois
Distribution: Linux Mint XFCE
Posts: 653

Rep: Reputation: 53
You may find this useful

http://www.fedorafaq.org/

and this:

http://www.fedorafaq.org/basics
 
Old 12-19-2008, 10:21 AM   #9
Frenger
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Posts: 9

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Ok, I think we're making progress, but something is still wrong.

This is what was in my Terminal after I tried to do what you said in your last post.

Code:
[Samuel@My Computer]$ su
Password:
[root@My Computer Samuel]# cd /home/Samuel/Desktop/Auto-NDIS-0.1
[root@My Computer Auto-NDIS-0.1]# python ~/Auto-NDIS-0.1/auto-ndis.py
python: can't open file '/root/Auto-NDIS-0.1/auto-ndis.py' : [Errno 2] No such file or directory
When this happened, I had already successfully become the root user, and I had also already extracted the tarbell without incident. Both the tarbell and the folder were on my desktop. I had also verified that the 'auto-ndis.py' was in fact in that folder.
 
Old 12-21-2008, 11:36 AM   #10
shane25119
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Illinois
Distribution: Linux Mint XFCE
Posts: 653

Rep: Reputation: 53
Sorry for my delay--- internet outage around here- a great deal of fun!

Well what that tells me is that you're not accessing the proper file.

Can you use the file manager to look at that extracted file? (as in open the folder on the desktop). Just to make sure we have the name right.

Alternatively- let's try this.....

this is going to be tailored for GNOME- which is the default file manager for Fedora- if you use a different one let me know because this will change.

at the command line enter in

su
password
nautilus /home/Samuel/Desktop/Auto-NDIS-0.1

So now- that file manager window is running as root.

Go ahead and double click on the script to get it running.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fedora 8 Connecting Internet Wireless Kryptos Linux - Newbie 7 06-28-2008 11:38 PM
Problem connecting to Internet in fedora 3 uma mahesh Linux - Networking 2 08-16-2007 02:27 AM
Fedora Core3: Problem in connecting internet asifqaiyum Linux - Newbie 8 08-15-2007 01:45 PM
Problem w/connecting to internet through ethernet or wireless starchild321 Linux - Wireless Networking 2 09-27-2005 05:36 PM
connecting to the internet via wireless through Intel PRo/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini P k_wjss Linux - Newbie 1 09-28-2004 05:00 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:54 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration