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Old 10-12-2008, 09:24 PM   #1
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Im a newbie and i would like some help


HI i'm a newbie and i know alot of you people are tired of heraing that from people like me. I'm trying to learn and i have done a lot of looking on google before i even signed up on here. After a couple of weeks with getting no where i have decided that talking directly to someone on a forum would be a better choice. I need help setting up my wireless internt on damn small linux. I have tried ndiswrapper and prism 2 and all the internet tools on there. They all fail and one of them tells me no network card is found. I know my network card works bc im using it right now on vector linux. I have also tried the wired internt on damn small linux, it doesn't work either. Can someone please help me? I'm using a belkin usb wireless adaptor f5d7050 if that helps out any for anyone thats trying to help me.
 
Old 10-13-2008, 09:15 AM   #2
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Hi,

First of all, IMHO since you are relativly new to linux, you shouldn't start with a minimal dist. I think that you would have a much better experiance from a "normal" dist such as Fedora, OpenSuse, Ubuntu, Mandriva, etc.
These dists have a much wider array of drivers/software avalible in their repos which should make it easier to install hardware.

Now to you problem...
I don't really know how well usb-network cards are supported but i guess a real pci-card is better.
Do you see the card at all? if you type, in console,
tail -F /var/log/message
then you plugin the device, what does it say???
If you get any info here this could help you in your search for proper drivers.
 
Old 10-14-2008, 12:36 AM   #3
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what distro would you recomend? i have a 334.1 mhz processor, 192mb of ram, and a 4.3 gb hard drive.
 
Old 10-14-2008, 03:28 AM   #4
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Well since you don't have that much in the way of hardware I would say Slackware since you are familier with damn small linux. If I recall correctly damn small is based on slackware.
I quess others might work too but the latest gui's(kde4, gnome2.6) might be too much for your computer.
A few gui that could work is xfce, fluxbox. These are lightweight and dosen't require much hardware.
 
Old 10-14-2008, 08:17 AM   #5
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Well i have vector linux light 5.8 installed on my hard drive right now. It runs really slow, but i want to get a p2p program to work, but i dont know what im doing. i have tried to install ktorrent and i did, but it wont run. Can you help me with this?
 
Old 10-21-2008, 09:17 AM   #6
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You could try azureus... it is a java-driven program so it can be alittle slow but it easy to use.

Regarding Ktorrent....
Do you get any error if you start it from a konsole??
Do you use KDE as a window environment??
 
Old 10-22-2008, 08:32 AM   #7
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Have you tried using PuppyLinux instead of DSL? I'm a huge DSL fan, but I too get tired of the aggravation trying to get wireless to work with it. PuppyLinux seems to have a little more "plug-n-play" capabilities. I think it's a fuller-featured distro for beginners running on older hardware that can't handle one of the big boys.

(FYI: DSL is based on Knoppix/Debian, not Slackware.)
 
  


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