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16-bit wireless card on old laptop

I have an old laptop (Thinkpad 380d) running Damn Small Linux. Everything works fine, Ethernet 10/100 card, etc.
My problem is, I have never used wireless before. I have a Dell Truemobile 1150 card (recognized as Intesil Orinoco). Drivers native and card active. Just don't know how to configure to access the internet. Will be stand alone, but will set up as network if necessary. Tried searching for general card setup, Linux, or OS specific. Either there was too much info I don't understand, or info too vague. Have stood in front of access point I am paying for, just not working. Can anyone point me to a site that will help, or supply said info. I would appreciate it. I can, and have, configured Winmodems, built more than one computer, and am not totally clueless, but at this point, wireless cards seem like rocket science. chuck

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Could be broke. More.

In reply to: 16-bit wireless card on old laptop

Notice what writes. What I find is that such "breaks" find their way into other Linux buids. But with that link you can see if your Linux selection is broke too.


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No help

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Thanks for answering. Like all info I have found, it assumes problem installing. My card is automatically recognized, correct drivers loaded, and active status light. What to do from there is the problem. It is exactly like a newbie trying to understand Linux, all
info assumes you already know things you don't and just mentions them in passing, or omits altogether. Looked at XP manual and Red Hat 9 manual I still have around. Omitted infomation. I know enough to know it is not an automatic process, even in Windows. chuck

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If this was mine...

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I'd pick another distro. I've been keeping up with Suse for years since it helps the hardware issues. Now on Open Suse 10.

Your post is light on details such and what ipconfig /all or such reports. Also I don't teach TCPIP basics since that's all over the web. If this bothers you, please tell me so I won't reply further.

For example, I can't tell if you tried DHCP or went for manual IP and all the other settings.


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DSLinux was found after much searching and trying. I did mention 2.1G HDD and 80mb RAm on 150 pentium machine. 98se won't configure card (Dell drivers are corrupted in that they will only work on Dell laptops and won't allow Orinoco drivers). Other Linux distros too large, or won't
recognize card without recompiling and such. Sorry I forgot to mention using DCHP. This is a stand alone unit to check email and browse away from home. I use wired router and can connect with ethernet to my dsl. Tried with and without WEP. I'll worry about security and range and other fine-tuning after getting it to work. At this
point, I can't tell what I'm not doing because I can't tell what I am supposed to be doing. Not clueless about Tcp/Ip. Mention what you think I missed there. chuck

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Usually is something simple, that's why I have learned not to panic. Ran "ifconfig eth0 up" again. This time it
apparantly worked (why it didn't before, I don't know).
Now getting a blinking (searching?) Activity light. Have to drive over to an access point to try it. Get back to you klater. chuck

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Down or up is usually noted in the...

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ifconfig /all output. I find such to be quite useful at times to go back to the command line.

If the DHCP phase fails, you can always revert to manual entries of valid IP numbers for address, netmask, and DNS.


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No go

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Getting "device not found" on ifconfig /all even though
device IS shown everywhere else. I'll keep playing with it. Thanks. chuck

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Try without the /all

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I can't carry all the possible enumerations of the ifconfig command and nothing enforces that it exist in all distros. However there are some varients out there that need the ifconfig -all or --all or -a or --a.

Point? I can guide you a little on what to look for but you have to fill in where I don't live.


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The -a got it

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Can't seem to cut and paste a screenshot, so here goes manual.
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:02:2D:3D:4A:95
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collision:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 )0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
Interrupt:3 Base address:0x100

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
RX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collision:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:200 (200.0 B) TX bytes:200 (200.0 B)

Hope this makes sense. I'm prepared to go to next swap meet to look for non-proprietary card, but I still think the problem is pilot error. I am ashamed to admit that Linux desktops have gotten so good, I have forgotten a lot I used to know about Linux/Unix.chuck

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There's a lesson in there somewhere.

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The parameters of those commands are not something I can retain but let me comment on my solution.

I have this one killer setup that works even with DOS. I use an Ethernet Wifi client device. You connect from/to it with ethernet and the wifi device is external. Not a card. Some extenders and routers double as a client device. Very good for wifi'ing systems that were never thought of being able to wifi.


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Not real sure what you mean..

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about client device. A search shows wireless router or similar. Not my desire. Have no use for one. I just need to make a stand alone old laptop connect wirelessly away
from the house. I can't jistify spending more than $10-15
for another Lan card. This is entertainment, not a necessity.The original Bios supported 16-bit 802.11b and has been updated to latest available. Even supports USB, if you I want to try to find a 16-bit pcmcia card. Problem seems to be that the card is recognized correctly and activated, but isn't configuring as it should (or I'm not). Until I can't figure out what is SUPPOSED to happen, I can't tell what is going wrong. The mask looks wrong (, seems like it should be something like or chuck

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So why not set the values yourself?

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This is linux. You are the hammer.

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should this be moved to the Linux forum? chuck

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As I said,

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not sure what everything is SUPPOSED to be. Got the hammer reference. Bad old days of earlier Red Hat. Can you say Winmodem? Can't seem remember all the stuff I used to do from memory, and tossed all the hard copy
crib sheets. Oh well. chuck

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What is supposed to be. How I sort that out.

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I connect with a wired connection and note the values. Then I use those IP entries, but for the wireless.


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D*&%, hadn't thought of that.

In reply to: What is supposed to be. How I sort that out.

I'm using Mandriva 2006 right now. Kind of assumed it would be at least a little different. Thanks, Bob. Don't
post a reply (lock it), if I still have a problem, I am
going to repost in Linux forum, since this may be more of a Linux problem than a Wireless problem. chuck

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