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Old 06-30-2010, 02:05 PM   #31
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I have the Verizon Fios router. and it's wireless. Would a different Linux recognize the router?
I also have a Verizon Fios router. It is wireless, but it also has connection points for a few (I think four) wired internet connections.

Do you have any LAN cables you could use to try Linux with a wired connection?

I have used Linux with a wireless connection to my Fios router on occasion and didn't run into any trouble. I guess I got lucky regarding the wireless interfaces in those particular laptop computers. But almost all of my Linux use has been with wired connections to the router.

I'm confident Linux has no problem with the Fios wireless router. But it may have a problem with the wireless interface in your PC.

A different distribution or version of Linux might do a better job of initial support of your particular wireless interface. But that would be a difficult and maybe unsound path to solving the problem. The driver and/or settings can be changed to make the interface work with the version of Linux you have.

The next step is figuring out what wireless interface you have.
After that, you might need to download a driver for it, which would be much easier if you temporarily have a wired connection.

I forget all the details of how you even find out what wireless interface you have. But those should be easy to find in any of the previous threads at LQ where any expert gave any beginner help with initial support of a wireless interface.

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Old 06-30-2010, 02:25 PM   #32
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Yeah but using a wired connection wouldn't work for me because I don't use my laptop near the router.
 
Old 07-01-2010, 12:56 PM   #33
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Yeah but using a wired connection wouldn't work for me because I don't use my laptop near the router.
If that's what is preventing your from completing the first step "installation", then you can always go back to that step later. Or do it old school. Networking and upgrades over said network can always happen later. Even if you temporarily need to grab wireless drivers over a wired network to complete the process. Once installed, you're golden. Laptops can be a bit driver hell-ish by design. Which is why sometimes liveCDs and other things just don't work on them. Depending on how alien your laptop is. Although things are much better these days than say five years ago.
 
Old 07-01-2010, 01:28 PM   #34
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I just installed it because with the CD it took like 10 minutes to start up. And it's already installed. and my laptop is only 2-3 years old.
 
Old 07-01-2010, 01:48 PM   #35
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It's normal for a Live CD to take long to boot, because CD drives are much slower to read than hard drives.
 
Old 07-01-2010, 05:37 PM   #36
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i would really suggest to use ubuntu.. becoz ubuntu is user friendly as everyone knows. actually i had even installed ubuntu on low performance pc as it had 256 ram mb. lol... one of the good features of ubuntu is that it connects the network devices automatically which makes us a complete happy!and canonical which is producer and supporter of ubuntu provides a lot of updation for the linux (ubuntu packages)
 
Old 07-01-2010, 05:46 PM   #37
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yeah but how do I find what drivers I need to connect to the wireless network?
 
Old 07-01-2010, 06:44 PM   #38
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lspci -v
lspci -n
and
google.com

If you have windows installed, you can generally cp them from the windows partition and use ndiswrapper. Not that you have to these days. But it's a pretty safe fall back way to get something working.

The newer kernels actually have a lot of wireless support built into them now. Especially if your machine is a couple of years old. It's when it's younger than six months (or your distro is older than a year) that things don't gel much.
 
Old 07-01-2010, 07:03 PM   #39
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I'm sorry but I have no clue what you just said...Do I input those into terminal?
Also, is the Linux Terminal the same as the Apple Terminal?
 
Old 07-02-2010, 10:53 AM   #40
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I'm sorry but I have no clue what you just said...Do I input those into terminal?
Also, is the Linux Terminal the same as the Apple Terminal?
That's why you should try Linux Mint 9 (Use The Main DVD if you can) I'm sure it will solve some of your Problems, If you ASK That ? You should not be using it--If you must use Ubuntu go to one of the Mart Stores get a (10')ten feet Cat 5 cable one end go in your router the other end go in your computer--the ports look like large phone jack you will need the cable for up-dates,the rest of hardware drivers and if you wants to watch DVD's,play MP3's in Ubuntu you need the cable as on some wireless has to be treaked to work right,drop-outs slow downs etc; I frist used Ubuntu 6.06 Been there,Done that Try Mint-What Ubuntu should be.(Just my OP)
 
Old 07-02-2010, 05:43 PM   #41
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I'm sorry but I have no clue what you just said...Do I input those into terminal?
Also, is the Linux Terminal the same as the Apple Terminal?
Yes at a bash prompt.

$ lspci -v
Code:
...
06:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 21
	Memory at d0200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
	Kernel driver in use: ndiswrapper
	Kernel modules: ssb

06:06.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 30a4
	Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 128, IRQ 22
	I/O ports at a000 [size=256]
	Memory at d0202000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
	Capabilities: <access denied>
	Kernel driver in use: 8139too
	Kernel modules: 8139cp, 8139too
...
$ lspci -n
Code:
...
06:02.0 0280: 14e4:4318 (rev 02)
06:06.0 0200: 10ec:8139 (rev 10)
...
$ mozilla http://www.google.com/search?q=14e4%3A4318+linux
 
  


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