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Hello Im new on here I would have posted in Networking but forum rules wont allow it. Anyway..
Ive started running Puppy Linux from liveCD on my IBM thinkpad T41 but Im having problems connecting to wireless. One of the reason I switched to puppy was because I was sick of Windows (which couldnt find any wireless network at all)
Upon being greeted with the Puppy desktop I clicked "Connect" to sort out the internet and the wizard started. I went to "Wireless" and had the wizard "scan" for networks, which it found. Everyones except mine. No matter how many times I click scan it will not find my router.
Next I went to Pwireless. This finds my router straight away. When I try to connect it asks me for the WEP key then says "Running dhcpcd to try to obtain an IP address" when it gets just past halfway a message says IP address is xxx.xxx.xxx.xx. The message gives me the option to cancel, rescan or try again.
I have noticed that any network I try to connect to (correct key or not) I get the same "running dhcpcd..." and same error.
I tried configuring maually through the console to no avail. I did see "warning, ath0 using IPV4LL address 169.254.xxx.xxx" I tried this again with (extra IPV6 parameters?), and got the same warning only with a slightly different IP address.
I have an Atheros AR5212 802.11abg wireless adaptor. BTW the laptop was bought refubished so its possible the wireless adaptor was once upon a time in another PC.
Im new to linux so keep the jargon to a minimum please!
Any help is much appreciated.
PS. Internet works fine when connect via ethernet. Theres are 3 other wireless PCs in the house 4 when the Ipad is connected (they have no problems).
when you get to the wireless section Of the wizard, create a new profile with your network information(may have to go to advance option) save it then select the new profile you created and click on use this profile, it should find your network. Not at home to see for sure the exact steps to use.
When you get to the wireless profile section, down at the the bottom enter a new name for your new wireless connection, the essid and type of encryption and password if any. Then select "use this profile" Do not hit the scan button or the save button. If you still can't connect try disabling any security you have on your wireless network and/or set it it broadcast essid temporarily to see if you can connect that way. Some wireless cards aren't able to use wpa ecryption and have to use wep, that might be a problem also.