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Old 04-23-2005, 07:12 PM   #1
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Network card not detected


I have been using a Slackware / XP dual boot on my Dell 600m laptop. I wanted to try Linspire, after reading this forum. I downloaded the iso, and burned a Linspire Live CD. It loads and and the sound works, but does not detect either my onboard network card or wireless. In Slackware, I had to install the bcm-4400.3.0.8 package to get the network card to work. Can I download, and install a package that will work in Linspire Live, or even use the one I have for Slackware. If I were to pay for Linspire, would I be able to get the ethernet & wireless to work?

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Old 04-24-2005, 12:35 AM   #2
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I bet if you go over to the these forums you can get some help. I was one of the lucky ones that had the onboard nic and the wireless work "out of the box". I know some folks have had to use ndiswrapper to get their wireless cards working.

Good luck!
 
Old 04-24-2005, 11:06 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tip. I posted my question this morning. It does not look like the forum gets a lot of activity, but then the Linspire forum here doesn't either.

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Old 04-25-2005, 04:45 AM   #4
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The forums at the Linspire site get a lot more activity than here. I have noticed that it is really starting to pick up at their site. I think some of the "downtime" you see is that everyone is still figuring out version 5.0 since it is only about a month old.

I have noticed that some of the Dells just will not run Linspire at all (something to do with the ACPI). My Toshiba did that with some other distros I was testing. Linspire was the first distro that I had everything work out of the box on the laptop.

Personally, I wouldn't pay Linspire just to see if the NIC's can work or not. It's a basic component that should work out of the box.

What results do you get if your type is lspci at the console? It should reference at least one of the network cards

You may want to try this site too

Keep me posted!
 
Old 04-25-2005, 05:12 AM   #5
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When I tried 4.5 dev edition, I had a nic problem with my 3com 3c59x card. For some odd reason it wouldn't work, but the card worked with every other distro I tried except for Fedora Core 2, I think.

It worked with Debian, Slackware, Ubuntu, Xandros, Vidalinux and others. But those two for some reason wouldn't let the nic work.

I wonder if 5.0 will work with the 3com card now?

Thnx.
 
Old 04-26-2005, 07:13 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. I am really just trying out Linux as a hobby. My work involves using proprietary Windows programs, so I can't just ditch Windows. But I am interested in Linux, and would like to try several distributions to learn about them, and may wind up installing it on one of my home computers. That would probably be something with a quicker learning curve than Slackware. Linspire might fit that bill, but I am not going to buy just to see if it works. If I could get the Live CD working, I may consider it. But there are a lot of other distributions to try before I am at that point. Anyway, I'll be experimenting with Linspire for a while, so I hope you will also respond to my future postings.

Thanks,
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