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I'm brand new to this forum and to Linux. I installed simplyMEPIS on my Fujitsu p-2110 (has a Transmeta processor) because some applications I want to run for my competitive Scrabble hobby won't run properly in my XP environment.
Installation was a breeze. Basic functions work as they should, email works fine, internet access by ethernet connection works fine.
I haven't figured out a couple of issues, despite investing several hours surfing the net and forums. The issues are common enough, and the answers are probably out there, but I just haven't found advice which is specific enough and complete enough for a Linux newbie like me. I really need step-by-step instructions.
Both of my questions are raised repeatedly elsewhere, and typically with successful conclusions it would seem.
First, I have been unable to get my wireless connection to work. I have a Netgear wg511T wireless card, which many posters say will work with Linux. Some say it has worked out of the box for a Mepis distro--it did not for me. Lots of posts about using madwifi ro ndiswrapper, etc., and I've tried following some of the directions I've found, but they all seem to assume knowledge I don't have or leave out steps. I really need idiot proof instructions starting from putting my card in the slot and following a step-by-step process from there. Assume zero knowledge on my part.
Second, I haven't been able to get the sound to work. I have checked the Kmix settings and they seem appropriate.
When I tried to play a movie, I got video for the previews, but not for the movie itself, and again, no sound.
I am experiencing what I would guess is a fairly typical level of frustration for a new Linux user and would greatly appreciate advice or being pointed to somewhere that gives comprehensive instructions.
If it would simplify the process, I would be more than happy to call a good Samaritan for assistance (you can email me privately about that).
For your sound problem, most likely it is because the alsa mixer settings are wrong. But, just to make sure it is recognized OK, open a terminal and change to root and run:
The resulting output should show your sound hardware informaton. Then open a terminal (you do not have to be root) and type:
This is a text graphic which you can set the sound volumes, etc. In most cases, sound is muted after a new install. Just make sure the master volume is unmuted and at the volume you want.
When you are trying to play a movie, you are trying to play an encrypted DVD and you need a file called lidvdcss (an open source decrytor). Mepis comes with a lot of non-free software, but I do not believe it included this file.
Thank you for your kind reply. But as with other things I've read, I don't know enough to fully understand what you say, and it appears that some steps are missing.
I had previously found the link you provided with the instructions for getting the WG511t to work and worked my way through the steps to the part about ESSID. I called my DSL tech support and they told me how to determine the ESSID, but when I typed that following iwconfig, it was not recognized. So I was stumped there on that.
I didn't know about alsamixer, but I followed your directions and got to it. Looking at the graphic, the master volume appeared to be on and set at a fairly high level. I used M to turn on a couple of other which were turned off and audio still won't play from a CD.
Once I get the file you said I need to play DVDs, where do I put it?
With all the searching you have done, and since I do not use wireless, I may not be much help in that area. I can tell you that I have been able to determine that you card does work (according to numerous sources) in Mepis with the madwifi kernel module. If you have not already discovered it, the madwifi kernel module can be installed via Synaptics. Just go to System>Package Manager. From the Synaptic GUI you will (on the left column) a selection of packages that are not installed. Madwifi kernel module is in that section. Just make sure you install the correct version for your kernel. Since you have a Transmeta processor, I am not sure what kernel version Mepis would have chosen during the install. To be sure, open a terminal and type:
That will tell you what kernel you have installed and you can choose the correct kernel module. Installing from Synaptics is very easy. Just tick the box next to it and follow the instructions. Ignore the warning about not being authenticated.
For your sound, since this is a laptop, you will have only one sound device. When you ran alsamixer, did it identify your sound device (top entry on the graphic)? Also, to make sure you have all the correct kernel modules installed, run this as root:
This is a listing of all installed modules. Look for entries that look similar to this:
Your entries will be different depending on your hardware. Also, just to again verify your sound device is recognized, in KMixer (I know you said the settings looked normal) check that your correct sound device is identified in the dialogue box in the top right corner.
Check whether or not you have system sound (i.e. little wave sounds for events). Do this in the KDE control center. Go to sound system and sure enable sound is checked. Then go to system notifications and test it.
After you have done all of this and if you still have no sound, I can only assume it is hardware related (highly unlikely).
4. I went to sound system and enable sound was checked.
5. I went to system notifications, and under Actions: Play a sound, I clicked the arrow next to the box which said "KDE_Glass_break.ogg" and heard nothing.
Back to you, Bob. Do you think this means I have a hardware problem? If I do, is there anything I can do about it in a 2002 vintage machine?
Once again, thanks so much for your willingness to try to help me. I can live without the sound, or the ability to play audio CDs or DVDs, but I really would like to be able to get the wirless card to work. The ethernet connection works fine, but wireless would be better.
1. I copied the drivers from the CD which came with the card to Desktop
2. I opened Konsole and typed su
3. I typed cd Desktop (now in that directory)
4. I typed ndiswrapper -i netw511.inf , the response I got was netw511 is already installed (from the last time I went through this)
5. I typed ndiswrapper -m , the response was: modprobe config already contains alias directive
6. I typed modprobe -r ndiswrapper , after hitting enter I was returned to my prompt
7. I typed modprobe ndiswrapper , again after hitting enter I was returned to my prompt
8. I typed iwconfig wlan0 2wire902 , after hitting enter, the response was "Error : unrecognised wireless request "2wire902". 2wire902 is what my ISP said my ESSID was when I called them to get that information.
I have to admit everything have posted says sound should be working. The only thing I can think of is a speaker problem.. If you have an earphone jack, try headphones and see if there is any output. Obviously, if there is, it is a speaker problem. I know it is silly to suggest, but I had failed on one occassion to turn the hardware volume up on my laptop (usually a combination of a "function" key and the page up key, though some also simply have a wheel control). You might double check that. Sound is repairable from a hardware point of view, but be certain that that is the problem first.
One other suggestion would be to try a recent version of knoppix (live CD) to get a second opinion, as it were.
Nylex us a very experienced and capable poster on this forum. I must defer to his superior knowledge on the subject of wireless configuration.