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Old 02-02-2005, 09:53 PM   #1
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perl warning using slax 4.2.0..

Hello all...
Im new to linux and i must say im quite impresed with it.But im having a problem with it,im using slax 4.2.0 witch is live cd and I can't get my wireless card to work
from what research i did i need to use ndiswrapper to install the inf file driver but ndiswrapper wont work without perl witch is not included with slax.So I downloaded the perl module and added it to my iso file and when i try to use ndiswrapper i get a perl warning that says "setting local failed" ect... ive posted on the slax forum and nobody will help me i guess cause im new but as I see it everybody is new at some point or another im willing to learn and I enjoy trying linux..Another issue is i don't have any sound but i can live with that at the using a Dell inspirion 9100 im not sure but this might help in trouble shooting my problem..Any help would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks all...

Old 02-03-2005, 11:04 AM   #2
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Hi there,

Bad news I'm afraid. I dont think you'll be able to get wireless working on your computer. I didnt realise ndiswrapper needed perl but if your live cd doesnt come with it then its not a good start. Also, you need to perform a make install on the ndiswrapper module and load a driver. Something you would have to do each time you booted. I just dont think it will be possible. My advice is to do yourself a favour and partition off some space on your HD, install a distro and go from there.
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Thanks for responding and for the advice.
What would you recomend me to try? Im new to linux and slax was the first time i tried it,im not to sure about partioning my hd,but i do have a extra 40 gig hd that im going to put in a incloser for storage.Would it work to use it to install linux and boot from it?Im kinda leary about partitioning my hd (might void my warranty).I guess im looking for the best version of linux for beginners.Any advice?

Thanks a bunch...
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If you want to stick with a live CD, I believe Knoppix has ndiswrapper already compiled and available. You'll need to keep the .inf file somewhere where Knoppix can read it, but that shouldn't be too hard.
Old 02-03-2005, 09:49 PM   #5
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Thanks for reply..
I looked at the distros and i agree,Knoppix looks like it might be the best choice for me at this time..Prolly take a while for me to dl it im on sattilite connection and it tends to slow way down after a while of downloading,something about fair usage policy ..

Thanks again and ill give it a try....


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