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Old 08-22-2009, 01:39 PM   #1
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wireless internet problems in linux


Ok I thought I would try out damn small linux today but I am having a little trouble getting the wireless internet to work.

I used ndiswrapper for my wireless driver because it didnt come with a compatable driver.

after I got the driver installed ifconfig brings the normal results for wlan0 but it says this warning that kinda concerns me:

"Driver for device wlan0 recommends version 18 of wireless extension but has been compiled with version 16 therefore some driver features may not be avaliable."

I then used iwconfig wlan0 essid *my essid* key *my key*

then I used pump -iwlan0 and I tried pump -i wlan0 and then I just tried pump but all of them said operation failed.

The hardware light is on so I know the hardware is being detected and used but it just wont get an IP address from the router.

I have used several linux distros before and never had this problem but all of them used dhcpcd instead of pump.

What am I doing wrong???

edit:

I also made sure that the dhcp daemon was turned off and pump was killed before using it.

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Old 08-22-2009, 02:01 PM   #2
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Hello,

at first take look at the output of /sbin/ifconfig (and post it here please).

Markus

edit: sorry for a typo, the command is ifconfig

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Old 08-22-2009, 03:34 PM   #3
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Hello,

at first take look at the output of /sbin/ifconf (and post it here please).

Markus
the file ifconf doesnt exist in /sbin

There is an executable named ifconfig in the /sbin directory but its an executable and isnt readable.
 
Old 08-22-2009, 03:36 PM   #4
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I mean the output of the command /sbin/ifconfig. On a console execute:
Code:
markus:~$ /sbin/ifconfig
Markus
 
Old 08-22-2009, 04:10 PM   #5
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I mean the output of the command /sbin/ifconfig. On a console execute:
Code:
markus:~$ /sbin/ifconfig
Markus
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1A:70:AC:EC:FE
inet addr:*IP address* Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:2422 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:2163 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:2387912 (2.2 MiB) TX bytes:402528 (393.0 KiB)

and with iwconfig it says this:

Driver for device wlan0 recommends version 18 of wireless extension but has been compiled with version 16 therefore some driver features may not be available


wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"Tim"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: 00:23:69:23:70:7B
Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power=27 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2352 B
Encryption key:*KEY*
Link Quality=73/100 Signal level=-40 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

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Old 08-22-2009, 04:26 PM   #6
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If there is a command "dhcpcd" available on Damn-Small-Linux, could you pleas execute this as
Code:
/sbin/dhcpcd wlan0
and post the errormessages. For the ifconfig-command I think, you commented your IP-adress out by yourself? since it's a private adress you may post it here, because this IP will not be accessable from the internet.

Markus

edit: this link maybe useful: http://www.scrounge.org/linux/dhcpcd.html

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Old 08-22-2009, 08:47 PM   #7
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If there is a command "dhcpcd" available on Damn-Small-Linux, could you pleas execute this as
Code:
/sbin/dhcpcd wlan0
and post the errormessages. For the ifconfig-command I think, you commented your IP-adress out by yourself? since it's a private adress you may post it here, because this IP will not be accessable from the internet.

Markus

edit: this link maybe useful: http://www.scrounge.org/linux/dhcpcd.html
dhcpcd doesnt exist on DSL.

I edited out the IP address just because I am paranoid. You can blame Windows XP and Vista for that. xD

No worries though because I tried out puppy linux and it works great and its almost as fast as DSL. puppy linux worked right out of the box (Per say). xD

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Old 08-25-2009, 02:18 PM   #8
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I have not read this whole post. But FROM MY experience with ndiswrapper, I had tried for a year to get it to work. After finally getting it to compile and run all the commands with no errors. It still would not work. Eventually I found that somewhere hidden deep away in some readme file some where, it says that in some cases you need to recompile your kernel with the SAME compiler you will use to compile the ndiswrapper. Something to do with the kernel headers or glibc or something. Anyway, it worked after that. I don't remember exactly. It was years ago....but anyway, hope that helps.

I'm actually in the process of installing it again myself. I will let you know of anything that comes up that might help you.
 
  


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