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kcav45 10-24-2007 11:48 PM

Damn Small Netwroking Issues
I chose Damn Small Linux in the hope it would consummed minimal system resources. The question is will the network adapter card work, and will DSL recognize the inkjet printer and a flatbed scanner.

The PCI network adapter is Netgear FA311-v2. It did not work with Windows 98 ver 4.1.1998. According to Netgear it does work with Windows98 2nd Edition.

Can someone hepl me assign a name to the computer. I would like to assign the name DAW. The DHCP server needs to assign a numbeer like:


farslayer 10-25-2007 07:50 AM

Setting the Linux Hostname

kcav45 10-25-2007 10:19 AM

Getting Started with Damn Small Linux (DSL)
After connecting an ethernet cable to the Presario (computer being added to LAN) I clicked on the DSL button found on the Taskbar; System button, and Control Panel button. The DSL Control Panel was displayed.

I would like to assign the name DAW to the new computer and include it in WHQ workgroup. If I were in Windows I would click on the System icon in Control Panel. What button should I click on Damn Small Linux (DSL) Control Panel?

kcav45 10-25-2007 10:49 AM

Getting Started with Damn Small Linux (DSL)
After connecting an ethernet cable to the Presario (computer being added to LAN) I went to the DSL Control Panel to determine if the NIC was working.

I clicked on the PPPoE button. It said, 1 Ethernet Device eth0.

Next I clicked on the Netcard config button. It said:
Yes - Use DHCP Broadcast
Net Mask:

I believe that the Netgear, FA311-v2 Network card I inserted in the Presario is being seen by DSL without my installing a device driver.

Am I correct?

PAix 10-25-2007 12:00 PM

The kernel handles most network cards fairly seamlessly without any extra help. Just one of those things that make Linux a natural choice for networking.

kcav45 10-25-2007 01:50 PM

How do I get the Presario to appear in My Network
The Presario does not appear when I click on My Network Places, Entire Network, Microsoft Windows Network, WHQ.

I believe the Presario needs to be assigned to the WHQ workgroup before the DHCP server will assign an internal IP address to it. How are device names and group names assigned in DSL? If I were running Windows I would go to Control Panel, and click on the System icon and the Computer Name tab. Then I would enter DAW in the Computer name field, and in the workgroup field, WHQ. How can this be accomplished in Damn Small Linux?


Winter Knight 10-31-2007 03:42 PM

You might have an easier time posting in the Damn Small Linux (DSL) forums. They are helpful and responsive. LinuxQuestions often is too, but getting a reply here is more hit 'n miss. The users at the DSL forums would be more familiar with the DSL interface.

kcav45 11-01-2007 06:40 AM

The DSL forum is closed
Thank you for replying to me.

Not only did DSL close but they posted no notice that they were closing and left no contact information Users kept posting and waiting for a reply. I kept trying to register.

JBull 11-03-2007 05:10 PM

Try Samba
If I understand your situation correctly, you have a windows network already established with one or more windows computers. Now you want to add a new computer to the network that is running linux. For this you need to use Samba. From Samba Wiki:

Samba is a free software re-implementation of SMB/CIFS networking protocol, released under the GNU General Public License. The name Samba comes from inserting one vowel, two times, into the name of the standard protocol used by the Microsoft Windows network file system, "SMB" (Server Message Block).

As of version 3, Samba not only provides file and print services for various Microsoft Windows clients but can also integrate with a Windows Server domain, either as a Primary Domain Controller (PDC) or as a Domain Member. It can also be part of an Active Directory domain. Samba runs on most Unix and Unix-like systems, such as Linux, Solaris, and the BSD variants, including Apple's Mac OS X Server (which was added to the Mac OS X client in version 10.2). Samba is standard on nearly all distributions of Linux and is commonly included as a basic system service on other Unix-based operating systems as well.

I went through the same process recently and got everything working, including networked printers.

Samba can be a bit of a pain to set up for a new user because you will have to edit the config file.

Read a bit about Samba and post back if thats what you're looking for. If so then I can help. Here is a starter guide:

I apologize if I have misunderstood your questions.


reddazz 11-03-2007 05:16 PM

I've moved this to the networking section, hopefully your thread will get more exposure.


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