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Old 10-23-2004, 04:58 PM   #1
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Easy question for ya...

Hey there guys, here is a little history of my machine first off:

Dell Inspiron 8100 (laptop)
Suse 9.1 pro
512 megs RAM
40 Gig HD
Linksys WPC-11 card (PCMCIA-WiFi)

OK, now that that is out of the way let's get to the question.

I have a wireless PCMCIA card and when I put it in the machine it gives the nice dings saying that it is properly installed and connected (and the light is on signifying that it is powered and, I assume, working correctly). Yet, when I go to try and view something in one of the web browsers it says that the server cannot be found. I thought that was wierd so I opened the packet sniffer and found that I can view packets that are transmitted through the air all day long (I was at the airport trying to figure this one out), yet I cannot connect through my browser. How do I make it so that my browser is looking for a network connection through my wifi card instead of the usually hooked up Cat5 cable.

Is there a quick and easy way to switch back and forth from those, or is it a few minute dealy?

Thanks in advance I'm sorry that my question was a little long.


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Old 10-23-2004, 05:28 PM   #2
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A WPC-11 working straight off? I find that a little odd but...

First you have to turn off eth0.
Then you have to set up a network device called wlan0, setting the appropriate essid and everything in yast tht yout network needs to work. Then reboot so the whole thing can kick in a work.
Old 10-23-2004, 05:38 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll try that. As far as the WPC-11 working right off the bat, I used it with no problems on previous installs of Mandrake, Suse, Fedora, Red Hat. The great thing about Suse is that I had it plugged in when I was installing the OS and I guess it found it and installed what it needed because it sees the card and recognizes it as a network device, but for some reason it just wasn't functioning. I am pretty sure that it was a IUF (idiot user fault).

Thanks again, I will try that after I mow the grass.



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