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Old 02-14-2019, 10:08 AM   #1
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Can't connect to internet


Dear Linux users

I have recently bought myself a curse of a HP Mini-note 2133. The system om the laptop is Cent Os 6.9. I want to install some other linux distro or win10 32 bit on it, but I found myself in a problem spiral that I have not encountered on any other computer I have. I am very close to just getting rid of it. I like the computer and it's not easy to come by these days. I should add that my linux knowledge is low.

There seem to be a lot of issues, and there was some problems installing other linux distro. I thought I should then connect to the internet and try solving with some updates and so on, on the current system. Could not connect to wifi, this computer should be able to. It seems the former owner didnt use it, just cabled internet. Oh well, bought a cable, connected to eth0. Web browser not connecting. Ping'ing shows its not connecting. I then went on to follow every recipe and video I could find on the connection issues, without being able to solve the problem.

I dont believe there is any kind of options to reset and I may have made more problems, who knows. Is there any suggestion to how I may go about this systematically and try to fix this?

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Old 02-14-2019, 10:27 AM   #2
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Dear Linux users
I have recently bought myself a curse of a HP Mini-note 2133. The system om the laptop is Cent Os 6.9. I want to install some other linux distro or win10 32 bit on it, but I found myself in a problem spiral that I have not encountered on any other computer I have. I am very close to just getting rid of it. I like the computer and it's not easy to come by these days. I should add that my linux knowledge is low.

There seem to be a lot of issues, and there was some problems installing other linux distro. I thought I should then connect to the internet and try solving with some updates and so on, on the current system. Could not connect to wifi, this computer should be able to. It seems the former owner didnt use it, just cabled internet. Oh well, bought a cable, connected to eth0. Web browser not connecting. Ping'ing shows its not connecting. I then went on to follow every recipe and video I could find on the connection issues, without being able to solve the problem.

I dont believe there is any kind of options to reset and I may have made more problems, who knows. Is there any suggestion to how I may go about this systematically and try to fix this?
Best thing I could suggest is to load Windows on it. It has a VIA processor, and support for old, 32 bit hardware (that wasn't mainstream to start with) is going to be problematic. CentOS 6.9 is a bit old and support will totally cease in the near future.

That said, if you WANT to stick with Linux, we can try to help, but we need to know what you've done/tried. Telling us you 'followed every recipe and video' doesn't say much, nor does 'some problems installing other linux distro'. What are the 'some problems', with what 'other distro(s)'???

And bear in mind that most laptop-type devices have a switch (either hardware or software), to enable and turn on the wifi device...is yours switched on??? Enabled in BIOS? And same for your wired ethernet...is IT enabled in BIOS?
 
Old 02-14-2019, 10:42 AM   #3
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Best thing I could suggest is to load Windows on it. It has a VIA processor, and support for old, 32 bit hardware (that wasn't mainstream to start with) is going to be problematic. CentOS 6.9 is a bit old and support will totally cease in the near future.

That said, if you WANT to stick with Linux, we can try to help, but we need to know what you've done/tried. Telling us you 'followed every recipe and video' doesn't say much, nor does 'some problems installing other linux distro'. What are the 'some problems', with what 'other distro(s)'???

And bear in mind that most laptop-type devices have a switch (either hardware or software), to enable and turn on the wifi device...is yours switched on??? Enabled in BIOS? And same for your wired ethernet...is IT enabled in BIOS?
Thanks for reply TB0ne. I tried loading Windows 10 32 bit on it, it just "ran into a problem" and restarted. I then tried installing Bodhi Linux on it, which is my default system on old, weak minilaptops. That resulted in this error message I attached a photo of here.

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Old 02-14-2019, 12:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for reply TB0ne. I tried loading Windows 10 32 bit on it, it just "ran into a problem" and restarted.
Then call Microsoft support.
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I then tried installing Bodhi Linux on it, which is my default system on old, weak minilaptops. That resulted in this error message I attached a photo of here.
Right; again, the system you have now is **NOT** a 'standard' CPU. Support for it isn't just a matter of 'grab a 32 bit distro'. Again, if you have little experience with Linux, recompiling kernel modules isn't going to be an easy task. As stated, we can try to help you with CentOS, but you need to provide actual details of what you've done/tried and what the results were. You were also asked about devices being enabled in BIOS, and switches for those LAN devices, but have not provided those details either. If you won't provide details, there is nothing anyone can do to help you. Call Microsoft support and get them to help you load Windows; HP support may even have a pre-built image for your system which you can obtain by calling them.

And your post in itself is confusing...you first say your Linux knowledge is low; but you install Bodhi by default on laptops, indicating you have previous experience?
 
Old 02-14-2019, 12:45 PM   #5
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I then tried installing Bodhi Linux on it, which is my default system on old, weak minilaptops. That resulted in this error message I attached a photo of here.
the message is for your wifi hardware, and it's very clear: you need b43 firmware.
but this shouldn't keep bodhi from booting a desktop!
in fact you probably shouldn't even see this message until you look for ti in 'dmesg'.
can you get to a
- graphical desktop
- command line prompt
???
please post the output requested here.
 
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:54 PM   #6
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Then call Microsoft support.

Right; again, the system you have now is **NOT** a 'standard' CPU. Support for it isn't just a matter of 'grab a 32 bit distro'. Again, if you have little experience with Linux, recompiling kernel modules isn't going to be an easy task. As stated, we can try to help you with CentOS, but you need to provide actual details of what you've done/tried and what the results were. You were also asked about devices being enabled in BIOS, and switches for those LAN devices, but have not provided those details either. If you won't provide details, there is nothing anyone can do to help you. Call Microsoft support and get them to help you load Windows; HP support may even have a pre-built image for your system which you can obtain by calling them.

And your post in itself is confusing...you first say your Linux knowledge is low; but you install Bodhi by default on laptops, indicating you have previous experience?
The devices are enabled in BIOS and the switches are on. I do have some experience, and solved some issues...but I'd say it's really limited. I can't even remember now all of it, getting mixed up with unknown password issue that I fixed. So that's why I am asking if there is an approach that would be systematic to see if settings are right for internet connection and if something needs to be changed in order to see if it helps. I know I did change a couple of settings, that was adviced:

DEVICE=eth0
HWADDR=00:15:5D:C8:34:5A
TYPE=Ethernet
UUID=b4fefb4d-1d42-4a28-84b3-9a70b6ea65ca
ONBOOT=yes
NM_CONTROLLED=yes
BOOTPROTO=dhcp

I did a dhclient -v command in root.

I just wanted this thing connected so I could try and fix other issues after. But I realize it could be FUBAR to do for me and a hassle for you to give any good directions, so feel free to not reply.

Nvvb
 
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the message is for your wifi hardware, and it's very clear: you need b43 firmware.
but this shouldn't keep bodhi from booting a desktop!
in fact you probably shouldn't even see this message until you look for ti in 'dmesg'.
can you get to a
- graphical desktop
- command line prompt
???
please post the output requested here.
Thankyou. I have attached a photo here. The rfkill install went nowhere..I am not having any connection either, so I guess it wont work anyway?
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broadcom bcm4311 is all i could discern, and that you're running an extremely old kernel 2.6.x - i guess that means you're back on centos6 and not bodhi?

please try to post actual code output by redirecting command output to a file & ciopy that file to a usb & then post it here.

can you not boot the bodhi live system at all? or any other up-to-date distro?
 
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broadcom bcm4311 is all i could discern, and that you're running an extremely old kernel 2.6.x - i guess that means you're back on centos6 and not bodhi?

please try to post actual code output by redirecting command output to a file & ciopy that file to a usb & then post it here.

can you not boot the bodhi live system at all? or any other up-to-date distro?
Impossible to boot Bodhi. I tried Lubuntu too, just to see. And I got the same error message. As I hope you can see, the last commands there didnt yield any output. I might have gotten it wrong, but I followed the description on the post you gave me. Hm..maybe I should try Anitx, just in case.
 
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Impossible to boot Bodhi. I tried Lubuntu too, just to see. And I got the same error message. As I hope you can see, the last commands there didnt yield any output. I might have gotten it wrong, but I followed the description on the post you gave me. Hm..maybe I should try Anitx, just in case.
Sorry, but I think you need to focus.

Either you want to stick with CentOS or you want to load Windows. Again, as said, your system is **NOT STANDARD** and running most flavors of Linux on it will present you with challenges. You say you're a new user, so this is going to be doubly tough on you to get it going. You posted that your wired ethernet is using the Tigon3 module, which is fairly old, stable, and WELL included. What we haven't seen yet is any indication of your network setup...have you run "ifconfig -a" to see if you have adapters showing up? What are you plugging this in to via wired...does it give out DHCP addresses, or is your network configured for static?

You posted "I know I did change a couple of settings, that was adviced"...but don't say what. You say "I did a dhclient -v command in root", but don't tell us what that actually DID after you ran it. Again, we need details. If you changed things in your adapter settings, try changing them back. And you hint at the fact you bought this used...can you contact the former owner and ask for help/advice/details?
 
Old 02-14-2019, 03:39 PM   #11
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AnitX booted nicely and I now have a wired connection. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I will work on wireless issue in appropriate forum, if its not resolved
 
  


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