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Old 07-10-2005, 07:45 AM   #1
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Network Configuration Hanging in FC4 After Using Wireless Network Wizard

In this thread, I was given instructions on how to reconfigure my wireless network card in my laptop through FC4. All appears to work well, until I try to save the new configuration, at which time it hangs. I can manually kill the process, but when I do it's not saved.

Does anyone know what might be wrong, or if there's a way to configure it through the terminal or otherwise without the GUI to bypass the problem?

I had barely touched Windows for almost four days until this happened.

- Trip
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Almost all wireless GUI configuration tools are a front end for the iwconfig console command. And I believe that Fedora threw in an extra bit of fun by making it unable/unwilling to use wlanX as a device name. That really isn't a huge problem, but it does add to the confusion. Anyway, have a read through man iwconfig as it explains pretty well how to configure a card and post back with any questions.

And by the way, have you considered a distro besides Fedora? It seems to be giving you no end of trouble.
Old 07-18-2005, 08:32 AM   #3
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Thanks for your response.

I actually wound up reinstalling Fedora the other day. For some reason, it still picked up my wireless card as eth1 BUT it works correctly now it seems. See, like I'd be using KWifiManager, and it claimed 45 was the top of the signal strength meter, but I was getting nonsense readings like 232 and 96. Plus it kept flipping back and forth from 45 to 0 to "the card's disabled" when there was no signal. Not happening this time and I'm really not sure why.

As far as other distros, I have quite a few but most are outdated. I'd love to give Debian a try, but 26.4k dialup isn't a recommended speed for downloading 14 CDs worth of operating system (if broadband ever makes it to me, or I make it to broadband, I will certainly give it a try). I found Ubuntu 5.04 to be too simplified (I happen to like the command line myself) plus I don't like Gnome. I put Mandriva 10.2 on a friend's computer and couldn't stand it. SUSE 9.1's old, plus it corrupted my partition tables on me.

I'd prefer to stick with Fedora Core 4, primarily because there's more support out there for it along with downloadable RPMs all over the place (I like the command line, but NOT compiling software).

- Trip


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