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Old 10-30-2009, 12:35 AM   #1
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what distro is easiest to set up wireless?


After 2 weeks of struggling to get my wireless card to work with Ubuntu 8.10 frustration is starting to set in. I have gotten use to the fact that nothing is easy with Ubuntu, but this is ridiculous.

I am using a Compaq Evo N400C laptop and trying to get a linksys wpc54g wireless card to work with it in Ubuntu 8.10. I have spent 2 weeks trying to get this to work with no success (see my postings on the Ubuntu forum).

Bottom line, what is the easiest distro to get wireless working without tremendous effort? I am not obsessed with everything I use having to be open source, I just want it to work.

I heard that Mepis and Freespire can do this. I would try mepis, but Freespire I don't like and would rather not use it, due only to the fact their software depositories are way outdated. I like mepis OK, but thought Ubuntu would be better (it certainly looks better). Thanks in advance.
 
Old 10-30-2009, 05:59 AM   #2
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Ubuntu 8.10 is very old now, so I would strongly suggest getting the 9.10 release, out yesterday (at time of writing)

this is massively updated from 8.10 and should have your wireless devices drivers in the kernel.

If you DON'T want to upgrade, there is something called Ndiswrapper, which will use windoze drivers in linux, which i have done in the past and it works great.

Run:
sudo apt-get install ndiswrpper-common ndisgtk
in the terminal

then go to System > Administration > Windows Wireless Drivers

and click the add button

you need to find the .inf and .sys files from your wireless install CD. if you dont have it anymore, you can sometimes extract the files from a downloaded .exe installer, and get them that way.

After you've found the files, browse to them in Ndisgtk (Windows Wireless Drivers) and find the .inf, and open it. Ndisgtk will do the rest and, if all is well, you should be able to reboot and connect.

This should do it

Regards

James
 
Old 10-30-2009, 05:13 PM   #3
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James, thank you for your reply.

I have done all that and still no go. Please see in the ubuntu forum under my name.
 
Old 10-30-2009, 05:27 PM   #4
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Have you checked to see if your wireless card is even supported by niswrapper? some wireless cards are not supported yet.

http://www.linuxhomenetworking.com/w...ess_Networking

http://linux.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1...ssNetworkCards
 
Old 10-30-2009, 07:25 PM   #5
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Bottom line, what is the easiest distro to get wireless working without tremendous effort? I am not obsessed with everything I use having to be open source, I just want it to work.
Puppy Linux
 
Old 10-31-2009, 12:35 AM   #6
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Thank you for your replies. I tried simplyMepis and it worked perfectly. Goodbye Ubuntu. Issue is resolved. Topic is closed.
 
Old 10-31-2009, 05:13 AM   #7
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Thank you for your replies. I tried simplyMepis and it worked perfectly. Goodbye Ubuntu. Issue is resolved. Topic is closed.
w00t great to hear

is there anything you miss from Ubuntu though, in mepis?

James

ps. glad i was of some sort of help XD
 
  


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