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Old 01-27-2007, 02:32 PM   #1
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Question Toshiba Laptop, no Network Interfaces, V Confused

Hi, This is my first post on LQ. I've been using various distros on and off for a couple of years now, started off on Redhat 7, got into Ubuntu for a while, but didnt like it on my laptop, nor OpenSUSE, have been living off Live CD's for PenTesting, but wanted something more stable, so I've got my Toshiba Sat Pro M50 laptop dual booting XPPro and Slackware 11.0.....


I cant get either the Realtek Ethernet Adapter or the Atheros b/g wifi working and, honestly, dont know where to start.

prompting ifconfig only returns the loopback connection, and I'm not familiar enough with the GUI to find my way around.

Any help you guys could give would be really appreciated, I really wanna get this set up because Windows just cant do what i want it to do anymore and i wanna learn.

Thanks in Advance

::edit Got eth0 working, just a bit of a mind blank about the Atheros wireless, I'm trawling around LQ looking for answers but if anyone has had this problem before and cud speed me up that would be fantastic

:::edit Ok, maybe eth0 isnt working.... ifconfig looks standard, except there is no inet address line, and theres no tx packets, but no listing of errors either. Network settings in Control Center sees the interface, sees it as enabled, and I've got dhcp activated.
Still no headway with the wireless because ndiswrapper isnt installed, and i cant install it without net access.

Last edited by Geneset; 01-27-2007 at 03:10 PM.
Old 01-27-2007, 03:19 PM   #2
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Did you try as root;
dhcpcd eth0
ping -c 3
what happens?
Old 01-27-2007, 03:19 PM   #3
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For atheros cards install madwifi and configure the nic ath0.

Old 01-27-2007, 03:50 PM   #4
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Its a start

To explain, what i hav is my "working" desktop, (Windows I'm afraid) from which I'm working this, this is set up to act as a wireless router thru ICS. Thats how I'm replying. I'm working on the madwifi install via USB pen, but I'm more concerned about the ethernet card weirdness with the lack of address line.

Yes, i did try running the dhcp daemon before, no change, but thanks.

Any more ideas?

:edit also cant get USB pendrive to work.... everywher i mount the sda device all i get is three folders, 001,002,003, and 2 zero length files, "devices" and "drivers"...... i guess its just not my day for success guys. Any help or directions to places to find help wud be great....

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