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Old 05-01-2017, 09:55 AM   #1
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still can't connect to wifi using linuxlite!


I still can not connect to my wifi using linuxlite. My wifi card adapter is a Dell wireless 1397 WLAN mini card. My laptop is a Dell insprion 1440.Any advise is appreciated. Can anyone recommend a distro of Linux that has auto configure for wifi? I really want to learn Linux and dump windows. I am a basic computer user.

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Old 05-01-2017, 01:19 PM   #2
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here is a post in LQ on same wifi card fixed
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...4312-a-752389/
thing is you're running live Linux not installed Linux- your card uses non free drivers.

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Old 05-01-2017, 01:24 PM   #3
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here is a post in LQ on same wifi card fixed
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...4312-a-752389/
thing is you're running live Linux not installed Linux- your card uses non free drivers.
Do you really think an 8 years old thread will give us a perfect solution?
from the other hand the OP has a thread: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...fi-4175604881/, so it looks like the problem is already solved.
 
Old 05-01-2017, 01:28 PM   #4
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ok...
I just matched numbers ok
his
Dell wireless 1397


my post
Dell Wireless 1397 chip

years would not matter is same numbers ...

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Old 05-01-2017, 03:34 PM   #5
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Hey Johnny,

In my opinion, BW may have the answer - if you are using linux-lite from Live media and have not installed the required drivers for a wireless chipset (card) which requires them, it won't work. From your other thread, you mentioned that linux-lite is a Ubuntu / Debian derivative. I read up on it a bit and this is indeed the case, with the specificity that linux-lite is packaged as a lightweight alternative. Therefore it is even more likely to require additional software from time to time. And since Ubuntu does not by default install any proprietary drivers, this is another reason you may have to add it.

As such, this shouldn't be a problem. However, if you are interested in trying a different distro instead, that is another issue. Depending on your hardware, objectives and requirements, you may best be advised to choose one or another. DistroWatch can be at least one informative place to start comparing.

Cheers,
 
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Old 05-02-2017, 12:27 PM   #6
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Wi Fi Issues

The only distro that I have ever had any real good luck with using WiFi was Debian Wheezy.I have tried at least twentyfive or more.
I finally got tired of constant WiFi problems.I have four or five wireless USB adapters.Asus,HP,Netgear,AirLink.
But the most compatible one is called 3DReach.It is an older one but does work more often than the rest but a little slow.
I am always trying different distros. I finally bought a HUB Switch Netgear GS105.Now I do not have wifi problems.
My main prob though is streaming video.You Tube video is the only video I can get to work.
Even that video gets herky jerky and the sound blurps also.I just need a distro that likes doing on line video.
Every one I bought was recommend in the Linux list of compatible WiFi USB adapters.
Now though with the hub/Switch I am not 100% dependent on WiFi.Good luck

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Old 05-02-2017, 12:56 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by johnny306 View Post
I still can not connect to my wifi using linuxlite. My wifi card adapter is a Dell wireless 1397 WLAN mini card. My laptop is a Dell insprion 1440.Any advise is appreciated. Can anyone recommend a distro of Linux that has auto configure for wifi? I really want to learn Linux and dump windows. I am a basic computer user.

Thanks,
Johnny
we need a full disclosure of your system (see the commands "inxi" or others) and especially of the wifi card. Look at forums of any distro for "wifi troubleshooting". Personally I would like to see the output of the command "lspci -v" in a terminal. We should see better which card you have. Then later we can say to you what driver you need. Take your time. You will get it working (I never failed to make working any pci/usb wifi in linux till now.. it just took a bit more time in few cases).
 
Old 05-02-2017, 12:57 PM   #8
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The compability of wifi adapters really depends on the linux support for the chipset they use. Personally, I have seen little variation between distros.

I have had an easy time with any adapter based on the Atheros chipset, for example, and varying degrees of difficulty getting adapters with Broadcom chipsets to work.

First thing to do, as someone mentioned in a previous post, is to determine the chipset used by the adapter (lspci or lsusb usually does the trick ... with a "| grep net" argument to simplify ...).

Cheers,
 
Old 05-02-2017, 03:31 PM   #9
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'Wicked' Remedy

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Originally Posted by johnny306 View Post
I still can not connect to my wifi using linuxlite. My wifi card adapter is a Dell wireless 1397 WLAN mini card. My laptop is a Dell insprion 1440.Any advise is appreciated. Can anyone recommend a distro of Linux that has auto configure for wifi? I really want to learn Linux and dump windows. I am a basic computer user.

Thanks,
Johnny
_____________________________________________
As far as I know, Johnny's wifi issue affects Ubuntu 16.04 and all its derivatives,
including Linux Lite. My remedy is to install Wicd, which stands for Wireless Interface
Connection Daemon, pronounced 'wicked.' [ https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WICD ]
 
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:20 PM   #10
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The only distro that I have ever had any real good luck with using WiFi was Debian Wheezy.I have tried at least twentyfive or more.
I finally got tired of constant WiFi problems.I have four or five wireless USB adapters.Asus,HP,Netgear,AirLink.
But the most compatible one is called 3DReach.It is an older one but does work more often than the rest but a little slow.
I am always trying different distros. I finally bought a HUB Switch Netgear GS105.Now I do not have wifi problems.
My main prob though is streaming video.You Tube video is the only video I can get to work.
Even that video gets herky jerky and the sound blurps also.I just need a distro that likes doing on line video.
Every one I bought was recommend in the Linux list of compatible WiFi USB adapters.
Now though with the hub/Switch with I am not 100% dependent on WiFi.Good luck
Thanks for the reply. I agree with you 100%. I have tried several Linux distros with not much luck at all. I am very disappointed. I always have problems of some kind. I have not found any Linux distros to be user friendly in my opinion. I am some what tech savey but if Linux is a hassle to get up and running it is not worth it in my opinion. I am self taught in computers since 1992. I am currently using windows 7. I am going to try Linux elementary lokie soon I think.

Johnny
 
Old 05-03-2017, 05:58 PM   #11
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Thanks for the reply. I agree with you 100%. I have tried several Linux distros with not much luck at all. I am very disappointed. I always have problems of some kind. I have not found any Linux distros to be user friendly in my opinion. I am some what tech savey but if Linux is a hassle to get up and running it is not worth it in my opinion. I am self taught in computers since 1992. I am currently using windows 7. I am going to try Linux elementary lokie soon I think.

Johnny
Hi Johnny,

Sorry to hear you're disappointed with linux to the point of frustration. I would suggest that, unless you have already tried it, you may find a more user friendly experience with something currently popular, such as Mint (there are several offerings of Mint ...). Although linux is not for everyone and perhaps it may not meet your expectations, there is a sufficiently large variety of offerings available that cater to different profiles of users.

Best of luck and feel free to come back should you feel the need for assistance.
 
Old 05-03-2017, 06:12 PM   #12
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Thanks for the reply. I agree with you 100%. I have tried several Linux distros with not much luck at all. I am very disappointed. I always have problems of some kind. I have not found any Linux distros to be user friendly in my opinion. I am some what tech savey but if Linux is a hassle to get up and running it is not worth it in my opinion. I am self taught in computers since 1992. I am currently using windows 7. I am going to try Linux elementary lokie soon I think.

Johnny
self taught in Windows where drivers are freely created for a price to support it.

Linux is a free open source OS. People do not make maga bucks for supplying it to the public.

Therefore them that are in it for the money do not supply the information one needs to write drivers for every wifi and other hardware. It is a closed system. Them that use linux/GNU are very lucky to have others that do program drivers for the hardware. So the users of Linux can use it.

When Linux/GNU first started out drivers for all of the hardware is scarce. So a lot of systems would not fully function on it. Still to this day their is hardware that is not easily used. Because it is not open sourced.

therefore Linux/GNU distributors do not package the drivers with it. that is an after factory install as it can be put.

That is the reason it is not user friendly because of the money hungry capitalistic .... refuse to give away the blue prints to their hardware. so programmers do not have to pay for them so they can freely write drivers to be able to work in Linux and give them away freely open source like.


so blame Windows and ones like Windows for that not Linux.

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