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Old 05-23-2008, 10:11 AM   #16
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I'm still stuck on this...

...I'm considering installing Ubuntu, but I really hate Ubuntu's nonfunctional "menu" package, and I'd rather have Debian's performance for the 64meg laptop.

In Debian, there's a lovely universal menu which works in all desktop environments and most window managers. As far as I can tell, there's nothing even close in Ubuntu. Most software doesn't even get auto-added to the default GNOME menu.
Old 05-24-2008, 05:55 PM   #17
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Hi, sorry that i wasn't around but i had finals and had to present something to my thesis coordinator, so no forums for me. Now i'm back.

After you inserted the module zd1211b, type this in a konsole:

  dmesg | grep zd1211*
and post the outpout.

L.E. I forgot something: you need the firmware for the zd1211 chip. My bad. I forgot all about it. You can get it from here:

Read the "README" file from the archive. It explains where and what files to copy.

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Old 05-24-2008, 06:20 PM   #18
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I also have a USB wireless adapter which uses zd1211rw driver which worked in Ubuntu but not initially in Debian Etch or Lenny. In Ubuntu it workd because Ubuntu ships with the correct firmware already installed and recent versions of Ubuntu have network-manager very well implemented. Debian doesn't, and the zd1211rw firmware in the non-free repo is not for the zd1211rw driver that's part of the Linux kernel, it is for the older proprietary driver.

The zd1211 driver is in the kernel, you certainly do not need to download and compile a driver!

1st thing to do: get the correct firmware from, extract the archive and place the contained files in folder /lib/firmware/zd1211

now as root
modprobe zd1211rw
and network-manager applet should recognise your wireless card and automatically scan for available networks. If not then as root
iwlist scan
I had some problems with network-manager and WPA in Etch & Lenny (also had trouble with it not correctly identifying or connecting to WEP with hex key) and I find Wicd to be a better solution and I now use my USB wireless adapter all the time in Lenny with no issues. (My adapter is Safecom SWMULZ-5400)

edit:changed sourceforge link to go directly to firmware download page

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