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Can't make internet work

by seajayblue / November 16, 2006 5:00 AM PST

Just started installing PCLinuxOS. It seems to be installed but since my internet doesn't work, I need to get back the installation window for that and it won't come up any more. I guess it thought I was done. I also don't know how to run the autoinstall to put in firefox. Can anyone help me? The install manual can't.

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by null. / November 16, 2006 7:09 AM PST

1. Are you running the livecd or have you gone past this and onto installing the OS on the HD.

2. How do you connect to the internet? a. modem or cable or dsl or ""

3. Use Synaptic Software Manager to install/remove software, but this is far down the road from where you seem to be. Please answer the first two questions in the order given.

don't give up on it, I installed it a few days ago and cannot find anything yet which didn't work out of the box.

BTW what are you installing it on
dual boot?
how do you intend to use it?

these things may shed light onto your issues

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by seajayblue / November 17, 2006 3:14 AM PST
In reply to: Questions

I just got a used laptop. Dell Latitude C600. I installed a 32 bit PC LinuxOS Full install. I installed it rather than live because there was nothing on it but a windows that didn't work. It comes up fine. But I don't know how to make it read a cd to finish install. It doesn't start by itself. I'm on bellsouth dsl with a WEP # that I inserted. It does not connect but it reads the wireless card and tries to connect. Is this enough?

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Try the live install
by null. / November 17, 2006 5:34 AM PST
In reply to: questions

this is the way I've installed it on two machines including my Compaq armada m700 1ghz laptop
flawlessly BTW

pop the cd in the drive
install the live version
play around, see if stuff works (let the install scripts set it up for you)
if it works click the icon on the desktop named 'install pclinuxos'

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Maybe another??
by seajayblue / November 18, 2006 2:36 AM PST
In reply to: Try the live install

Do you think another version might hook up? This one recognizes everything and tries to connect but can't.

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For example, Windows doesn't just "hook up."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 18, 2006 2:54 AM PST
In reply to: Maybe another??

I have to tell it things like WEP bit length and more. However your posts have been so thin on detail that I can't find a place to begin.


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You see??
by seajayblue / November 18, 2006 3:11 AM PST

That's why my details are skimpy. I have no idea what a bit length is! I answered all the questions their wizard asked me, such as wep # but when I got on DSL I had a disk that did it. It has accepted my wireless card, because its' green lite stays lit. It also identifies my bellsouth identity, but obviously something is missing. Something I read suggested a driver?

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I no longer do drivers on Linux.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 18, 2006 3:20 AM PST
In reply to: You see??

Most of the time it's far too much work. If you don't want to dive into networking about WEP bit lengths I strongly suggest you go back to Windows. Linux has numerous areas like this that require small packets of knowledge that you can find on the internet.

It's not a "click here" OS yet. I doubt it will ever be in the free versions.

Here's a link about PCLinuxOS and configuring WEP. Remember that it will do no good if the router decides to deny this machine.

The top link is



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Thank you.
by seajayblue / November 18, 2006 3:30 AM PST

I think I will go back. Too late for me to start programing. Thanks for your patients.

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No programming involved
by 3rdalbum / November 23, 2006 6:43 PM PST
In reply to: Thank you.

(Mate, you're only setting up an internet connection. Nothing to do with programming.)

I would suggest that maybe you need to tell PCLinuxOS your ISP's DNS addresses.

Thing to try: Look through any documentation that you may have been given by your ISP, for DNS addresses, or look on your ISP's website. I don't use PCLOS so I don't know exactly where the addresses should be put, but it will surely be somewhere in the PCLinuxOS Control Center.

If the DNS addresses don't help, then try finding out your router's IP address - possibly Go into a terminal and type "ping" (or whatever your router's IP address is) and tell us what message it spits out at you.

You could also phone your ISP and ask if they can help you. If they're anything like the ISPs I've dealt with over the years, they'll probably be useless (my current ISP gave me the wrong bl**dy connection settings), but at least give them a try.

If all else fails, try another distro. You can set up an internet connection from a Live CD - for instance, SimplyMEPIS, Ubuntu, or Knoppix, so you don't need to install each time just to find out if your connection will work out-of-the-box.

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(NT) OT: Don, e-mail me, okay.
by EdH / November 29, 2006 12:17 PM PST
In reply to: Try the live install

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