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Old 03-07-2005, 12:12 AM   #1
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Linux For My Laptop?


First of all, I just bought a new [old] laptop. Here are the specs:

Pentium 3 750 MHz
256 MB Ram
12 GB HDD
ATI Rage Mobility 8 MB
And, BUM BUM BUM Micro$oft 802.11B Wireless PCMCIA Card

I'd really like to switch to Linux now. The only reason I stayed before was for games but [obviously] this new system doesn't quite fit that slot. My PS2 will keep me afloat. Anywho Windows just makes me wanna throw the laptop out the window Dual booting is NOT an option due to limited HDD space. So I either switch or don't switch. The point of this thread is, does Linux offer ANY support for wireless networks? Also, there is one program that I MUST use everyday under windows, it's JAVA based, so does Wine support JAVA? Back to the wireless part, the card seems to be detected under SimplyMEPIS but I don't see where I can configure available networks, WEP passwords, etc. As far as I can tell linux seems to be detecting the rest of the devices. And help is much appreciated!

-Onion
 
Old 03-07-2005, 01:13 AM   #2
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You may wish to start here to see if your notebook is listed and what the experience of others has been. My experience (with a Toshiba, using wireless) has been largely positive. If Mepis shows your card, you should be in good shape. If I recall, and I could be wrong, if you go into the Mepis Control Center, you can setup your card from there and activate it.
 
Old 03-07-2005, 01:47 AM   #3
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Thank you for your response. I heard about linux-laptop a while ago so I already checked on there, apparently experience has been good with Red Hat (thats the only distro that was tested with this system). I'll boot back into Mepis and see what is there. Thank you.
 
Old 03-07-2005, 02:14 AM   #4
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You'll also be extra happy to hear that Java was designed from the ground up to be platform independant. A Java based app should run on *any* operating system, as long as there is a Java virtual machine installed.

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Old 03-07-2005, 07:28 AM   #5
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In MEPIS go to OS Control Center, then Network Interfaces, under the Wireless tab. You can also uncheck eth0 and ath0 from loading at boot, starts a little faster, just enable when you need one of them.
 
Old 03-07-2005, 04:10 PM   #6
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You'll also be extra happy to hear that Java was designed from the ground up to be platform independant. A Java based app should run on *any* operating system, as long as there is a Java virtual machine installed.

--Shade
Well, I know that Linux supports JAVA, but I need to install/extract the program right?
 
Old 03-07-2005, 04:42 PM   #7
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Ok RanDrake, I need a little more info. I found control center and the wireless tab. I entered my network name and WEP. Now what? I clicked "start eth0" on the first tab but it didnt do anything. Also, isnt there a way to view avaliable networks with out having to type them in? I should add that during start up it says that 'configure network' or something like that failed.
 
Old 03-07-2005, 10:25 PM   #8
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Are you trying to connect your wireless or your NIC? eth0, I'm guessing is your NIC, right? You need to save the settings in Mepis control center first, enable the card and you should be good to go. Be sure to disable the one you wont' be using.
 
Old 03-07-2005, 11:45 PM   #9
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Wireless, although there is a nic installed. I tried enabling both wlan and eth0 (something like that). I just clicked enable and response was none.....
 
  


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