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Old 10-24-2003, 11:20 PM   #1
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Exclamation One word: Help.

Actually it's not as bad as the subject makes it seem it is. I was able to install the software just fine (and set up a dual-boot system of SuSE Linux 8.2 pro and Windows 2000 pro) but after that it all goes downhill.

First off, I can't get my network card to work. I've done a bit of google searching and I believe it's not going to work at all. I have the linksys WMP11 v2.7 wireless card, which I hear is using a chipset for which nobody has made a Linux driver. So there I guess I'm SOL. I did download the linux-wlan package (I think) but not only do I have no idea how to install it but I don't even know it it will work properly anyway. If anyone out there could give me a link to something which might work or if anyone has any general help over me getting hooked up to a wireless network, please help! I guess I could move the wireless router upstairs and then hard-wire it to my computer and broadcast the signal downstairs (backwards from what it is now) but then again that would just be annoying. Any replacement PCI cards which won't have as many problems with linux (or USB for that matter?)

Secondly, I just wanted to know if this was a good idea. So far I've been downloading all kinds of crap onto my computer for linux; whether it be drivers, packages, whatever. I have created a 3GB "Z:" drive which serves as the "OSSwap" drive and will be a temporary storage space for transferring files between computers. I have some slight idea of how to access this (it's in /windows/Z or something linke that) but is it a good idea? I'm using a FAT32 partition to ensure both operating systems can read it.

Finally, I want to know just how to set up basic programs on my computer. Hopefully when I get my wireless network running on linux I'll be able to perform the tasks I intended it to do. I really got it because it comes with an Apache server (which to the best of my knowledge is an HTTP server) and with a VNC server (which I have used before on Windows). The biggest thing I want to use is VNC (or somehow be able to access my computer from away). In using the user manuals I kinda got the hint that Linux was designed to do this. It should allow me to connect to the computer from far away and log in as if I were sitting at that desk. Moreover, I could log in multiple users at the same time from different locations, and none of them would have any notion of each other. How exactly would I set up this kind of server? Considering mostly everything I see on linux right now is graphics and icons, I don't understand any of it. Just where do I go? Also the Apache server, exactly how do I use that too? I understand that I'll need to set my router to forward all connections on port 80 to my IP in the VPN, but that's about it. I have no idea how to set up the server. Or am I just stupid and read the info wrong?

Yeah that's about it for now. I assume that I'll be back later because this is literally my 2nd day with linux and I haven't the slightest clue of what I am doing...... Any help appreciated. thanks!
Old 10-25-2003, 01:02 AM   #2
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Well I had the same problem with my linksys and SuSE. How I solve this issue is went and bought a Wavlan Silver with the prism2 chipset ($25 on ebay) and problems are solved you suse distro will find and install the correct driver for that card.

SuSE will find your FAT32 partition and map it in fstab to /windows/Z sometime other labels are used. But I had not troubles with accessing the files on the FAT partition under linux. Are you getting errors when trying to get to your windows files?

" HTTP server) and with a VNC "
You need to start on the net google and howto's. You know how to use "man" right?
Old 10-25-2003, 09:21 AM   #3
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For future reference: somewhere on you'll find the hardware support data base. It's always a good idea to check first.

If it's a SuSE download, the wlan package must be an rpm. Just click on it and follow yast's instructions. Remove with yast or kde package manager.
Old 10-26-2003, 08:41 PM   #4
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Well first off I'd like to say thanks to micxz for making me feel that I actually had a good idea before coming here

But seriously, for the rest of you people in my situation, I learned that the chipset (after using google) in the card is not compatible with practically any linux system. So, I just went out and found a great answer. I picked up an ethernet bridge. They are much more expensive than that Wavlan Silver thing that micxz recommended, but at least I have the upgradability with my solution. I could always add a switch in there as well (I'm planning on getting multiple computers around here).

Thanks for the help though, everyone.


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