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I use DHCP - dynamic IP. I've been trying to get it work on Vector Linux 4.0
I've been going at it for about a month now. Still nothing! Can someone please stay with me until I get it to work? Keep suggesting... and... this is so annoying cause I gotta keep booting back into windows to get responses. Once I got the internet on Linux it's so MUCH easier to solve problems.. just run up a search.. without booting to/from windows..
Ack USB for your modem? Is there anyway you could try and get around that? I haven't ever used one, but I have heard that they can be troublesome, if you can get an Ethernet connection, your life will probably be much easier in the long run. Sorry I can't give any help though, I've never tried using one.
You have a PCI NIC. I'll assume it's in the PC and has been detected by Win and Vector at install. Try this and see if it works.
Plug a cat 5 cable into it. Plug other end into modem, and disconnect the USB cable. Boot into Windows, it will fool around a bit and then detect the new connection. Open the network settings in windows, select dhcp. Make sure it works.
Boot into Linux. Log on as root at the CL. type vasm. Follow directions on screen to configure your network. If all went well you should have a connection.
XP detects and installs it, I disable other connections... close firewalls etc (temporarily)... and still can't browse the web, check mail, get on the net... I used DHCP settings, checked everything... tried heaps of options... etc. still nothing.
it just doesn't want to work.
I plugged in the usb adapter again and it works now...
see what I have to deal with here?
oh, and btw when I installed Red Hat 9 it auto-detected my internet connection (usb adapter one).... but I deleted it from my HD and I have bandwidth limits, etc... I really don't want to download another 3 cds.. and I don't want to use redhat...
I've been researching this a bit.
In kernel 2.4.22 and later there is a driver built in to the kernel for this device. In USB devices/USB Network Adaptors section the first two selections (Pegasus II based and Realtek 8150 ) are the pertinant ones. I assume Im finding references to both because of a chip change in the device.
Are these devices compiled into your kernel or compiled as modules?
As far as *why* the pci nic won't communicate with the dsl modem, lets shift focus away from that issue and try to tackle your original question about the USB nic.
Don't get frustrated as this is a solvable problem. Red Hat solves it by compiling everything into the kernel or as a module, where as Vector probably takes a slimmer approach to default kernel configuration. Red Hat proved it will work if the driver gets loaded up.
I'm snowed in here and will probably be fooling on the pc all day tomorrow, so holler here and we can try to get it sorted.
I don't know what is compiled in the kernel... is there a way of checking? Devices compiled or modules? No idea... I just followed the installer...
Yeah, I think it's because it's a slim distro... I want to download Slack... but I want to make sure I can get a net connection the "hard" way first... I don't like wasting bandwidth... (I'm capped at 3gb/month)
I like Vector for now, for tweaking around and getting aquainted with it. I will move onto Slack 9.1 in a few weeks if all goes well with Vector net connection.
This is a step by step to recompile the kernel in Vector Linux. It's a good read.
Here's a quick thing to look at first though:
The only thing you need to check/change for this would be in the USB Devices section, near the bottom where it says USB Network Adapters. The entries "Pegasus II Based" and "RealTek 8150" need to be either compiled in or selected as modules.
To check this, log into the command line as root and enter this
This will open a very intuitive gui for configuring the kernel. Be careful you don't save any changes if you're just looking.
arrrgh. I'm pretty sure menuconfig is curses based (text color rendering). Why it won't work is beyond me. Time to get a Vector Guru.... I think you should post in the Vector forum and link back to this thread. Ask for an expert right in your post title and they will answer.
As for downloading Slack 9.1, if you do the only thing on the 2nd CD is KDE. If you are planning on using a different window manager you don't need it. Gnome, fluxbox, blackbox, Ice, and XFCE are all on the first CD. Sorry I couldn't be more help, but this is beyond my knowledge of Vector Linux.