Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 11-12-2008, 08:47 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2008
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
Linpus Linux Lite

I'm working on a laptop to make it incredibly easy for a complete computer n00b to use. I decided to give Linpus Linux a try because of the interfaces I had seen on the Acer EEE PCs... I have it up and running and everything is going really well except for the, guess what, wireless. Thus is my issue...

The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite P35-S611 (circa 2005)
I'm not of the exact model of the wireless card, but I believe it's a Realtek 8187 (definitely a Realtek, not so definitive on the number)
I'm using the only version of Linpus that's actually available from (worthless website)

In the Network Configuration it shows me that it sees some sort of wireless card and gives me these details for the wireless:
Description: ndiswrapper
Type: Wireless
Device: wlan0
Status: Configured

Just for reference, these are the details I get for the wired connection:
Description: Realtek Semiconducter Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
Type: Ethernet
Device: eth0
Status: ok

I took the mention of ndiswrapper and expected that I would just be able to find the windows wireless drivers, load them up in ndiswrapper, and I'd be good to go. Unfortunately I failed at finding the driver. Just to look a little deeper into the matter I tried to get into ndiswrapper from the terminal; no cheese. I checked the package manager and it doesn't look like ndiswrapper is even installed.

I've been dealing with trying to get peripherals to work in Ubuntu all day for a kid that wants to play games in Linux and my brain is now pooped... Anybody wanna do my thinking for me?
Old 11-13-2008, 03:11 PM   #2
LQ Veteran
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Mint
Posts: 17,808

Rep: Reputation: 742Reputation: 742Reputation: 742Reputation: 742Reputation: 742Reputation: 742Reputation: 742
Welcome to LQ!!

See if you can find your wireless adapter using either dmesg or lspci. Then do some Googling to see what drivers are available. ndiswrapper should be your last resort.
Old 12-01-2008, 10:18 AM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: May 2005
Location: Essex UK
Distribution: Ubuntu 8.10, DreamLinux, Linpus, SuSE 11
Posts: 11

Rep: Reputation: 0
Did you manage to install linpus to the hard disc?
If so, how did you do that?

I am struggling with it. It works fine in live CD mode but i cant get it to install.

On your wireless issue ndiswrapper is most certainly the way to go. You need to find the windows drivers for the wireless card, to go with it though.
Don't forget that Linpus is based on Fedora, so packages for Fedora or RedHat will probably work in Linpus

Old 12-01-2008, 12:26 PM   #4
Registered: Sep 2008
Location: Ioannina, Greece
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 332

Rep: Reputation: 55
ifconfig -a
shows your wireless?
linpus has a bash script under /usr/bin i think that creates a ath0 device from wifi0.
At least that's what happens on Acer Aspire One.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Linpus Linux Lite, no network manager or internet (Acer Aspire One) littlegreywings Linux - Newbie 40 09-16-2016 10:05 AM
new netbook with linpus linux lite v1.0.3E. how can upgrade with XP ? gyimesi Linux - General 7 10-29-2008 12:49 AM
downloading files to linpus linux lite lanzarote8 Linux - Newbie 3 10-05-2008 07:22 AM
Introducing myself - Linpus Linux Lite aknot Member Intro 9 09-24-2008 11:38 PM
qwerty and azerty keyboards on Acer Aspire ZG5 with Linpus Linux Lite barcelof Linux - Laptop and Netbook 1 09-01-2008 11:13 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:57 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration