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Posted: 4/15/2006 12:33:21 PM EDT
I installed 5.10 Ubuntu on my laptop from the disks they sent me.  Everything comes up ok but I am having trouble getting my wireless network connection setup. I have a Netgear wireless router with WEP encryp setup. I have entered the WEP code and tried to set it up with DHCP but I still get no connection.  I know some of you guys have used Ubuntu and Linux in general.  Your help is appreciated. I have been to the Ubuntu website and it appears I am doing things correctly but that
does not mean much.

Thanks,
bdog60
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 12:45:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 12:54:16 PM EDT
Depends on what wireless card and all. I'm bad at providing long distance support.

-Foxxz
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 1:16:15 PM EDT
I think I am down to finding the drivers for my wireless card.  It is an Atheros on board wireless card.
Will the original CD's that came with the laptop contain the drivers?
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 1:23:02 PM EDT
still no joy...
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 2:24:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 2:25:04 PM EDT by david_g17]

Originally Posted By bluedogsixty:
I think I am down to finding the drivers for my wireless card.  It is an Atheros on board wireless card.
Will the original CD's that came with the laptop contain the drivers?



good news, I have an Atheros chip in my PCMCIA card, and once I got it working.  Atheros chips should work with Linux.

bad news, I can't remember how I got it up and running.

what does "ifconfig -a" display (run as root from the command line)?

edit: you'll have to "sudo ifconfig -a" in ubuntu.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 2:28:25 PM EDT
also run
sudo iwconfig
This shows wireless cards only

-foxxz
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 3:13:06 PM EDT
lo - no wireless extensions

etho - no wireless extensions

atho IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"NETGEAR"
      and then a bunch of infor on freq blah, blah, blah

sito - no wireless extensions

Guys, I am a newb at linux so please bear with me.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 3:19:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bluedogsixty:
lo - no wireless extensions

etho - no wireless extensions

atho IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"NETGEAR"
      and then a bunch of infor on freq blah, blah, blah

sito - no wireless extensions

Guys, I am a newb at linux so please bear with me.



Have you ran an update yet?
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 3:24:19 PM EDT
I was able to pull the XP drivers for the Atheros card off the Toshiba website but if I burn them to CD will Linux read a disk that is formatted for Windoze XP?  Do I have to mount the CD/RW drive on the Toshiba also?  If so, how do I do this?
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 3:25:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:

Originally Posted By bluedogsixty:
lo - no wireless extensions

etho - no wireless extensions

atho IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"NETGEAR"
      and then a bunch of infor on freq blah, blah, blah

sito - no wireless extensions

Guys, I am a newb at linux so please bear with me.



Have you ran an update yet?



Update???? What does that mean?
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 3:29:48 PM EDT
ok
looks good
run:

sudo ifconfig ath0 up
sudo pump -i ath0

of the pump command doesnt work try
sudo dhclient-2.2.x -q ath0

-foxxz
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 3:34:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Foxxz:
ok
looks good
run:

sudo ifconfig ath0 up
sudo pump -i ath0

of the pump command doesnt work try
sudo dhclient-2.2.x -q ath0

-foxxz



It could not find the "pump" or the "dhclient-2.2.x" commands.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 3:37:20 PM EDT
might just try
sudo dhclient -q ath0

I forget what ubuntu uses specifically

OR more preferably (to make this all easier in the future)

edit the file

/etc/network/interfaces

and add

auto ath0
iface ath0 inet dhcp

then try running
ifup ath0

-foxxz
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 3:44:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Foxxz:
might just try
sudo dhclient -q ath0

I forget what ubuntu uses specifically

OR more preferably (to make this all easier in the future)

edit the file

/etc/network/interfaces

and add

auto ath0
iface ath0 inet dhcp

then try running

I have forgotten my vi.  I edited it with VI.  How do I save a close the file? I feel like an idiot.
ifup ath0

-foxxz

Link Posted: 4/15/2006 3:56:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Foxxz:
might just try
sudo dhclient -q ath0

I forget what ubuntu uses specifically

OR more preferably (to make this all easier in the future)

edit the file

/etc/network/interfaces

and add

auto ath0
iface ath0 inet dhcp

then try running
ifup ath0

-foxxz



ifup ath0 - resulted in failed to open statefile /etc/network/run/ifstate: permission denied
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 4:03:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 4:03:45 PM EDT by Foxxz]
sudo ifdown ath0
sudo ifup ath0

you have to run these commands as root

-foxxz
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 4:09:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Foxxz:
sudo ifdown ath0
sudo ifup ath0

you have to run these commands as root

-foxxz



ok, it is doing a DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 ..........

it checked ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 5,10,14,14,8,8,2
No DHCPOFFERS received
No working leases in perisistent database - sleeping.


What next?
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 4:11:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 4:11:49 PM EDT by Foxxz]

Originally Posted By bluedogsixty:

Originally Posted By Foxxz:
sudo ifdown ath0
sudo ifup ath0

you have to run these commands as root

-foxxz



ok, it is doing a DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 ..........

it checked ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 5,10,14,14,8,8,2
No DHCPOFFERS received
No working leases in perisistent database - sleeping.


What next?



Well that means your card is at least working so thats good news
What is your SSID (access point name) and do you have WEP enabled? MAC filtering on the access point?


the card right now by default will try to access any open access point.

-foxxz
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 4:15:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Foxxz:

Originally Posted By bluedogsixty:

Originally Posted By Foxxz:
sudo ifdown ath0
sudo ifup ath0

you have to run these commands as root

-foxxz



ok, it is doing a DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 ..........

it checked ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 5,10,14,14,8,8,2
No DHCPOFFERS received
No working leases in perisistent database - sleeping.


What next?



Well that means your card is at least working so thats good news
What is your SSID (access point name) and do you have WEP enabled? MAC filtering on the access point?


the card right now by default will try to access any open access point.

-foxxz



The SSID is "NETGEAR" and WEP is enabled.  Don't know about the MAC filtering. I have never touched it so it should be the factory default whatever that is.


Should I turn off WEP and try to access the web now?  IF this is the problem, then how do I access the web with WEP on?  I really want it turned on if possible.

Thanks
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 4:20:59 PM EDT
if you want wep then you will need to run

sudo ifdown ath0
sudo iwconfig ath0 key <your wep key>
sudo ifup ath0


you dont need the <> around your key

-foxxz
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 4:28:07 PM EDT
Well I did all that and I am rebooting the PC(don't know if that is necessary or not) and I am waiting to try the browser.  Be right back......
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 4:46:35 PM EDT
WOW!! You get 10 out of 10 for this!  It is up and running on the net.  I used Unix several years back and it is amazing how much I had forgotten.  I don't understand half of what you did but it is working.  I really do appreciate your help with this.  I love ARFcom.  I am convinced that this is where the brain trust resides.  

Ok, now what is the best email client for Linux?  Evolution Mail is what Ubuntu comes with.  Do you know anything about it?  Does Thunderbird work on Linux?
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 5:10:07 PM EDT
I have never used evolution. its worth a shot. I have used kmail with decent success and i think thunderbird works as well.

-foxxz
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 5:16:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bluedogsixty:
WOW!! You get 10 out of 10 for this!  It is up and running on the net.  I used Unix several years back and it is amazing how much I had forgotten.  I don't understand half of what you did but it is working.  I really do appreciate your help with this.  I love ARFcom.  I am convinced that this is where the brain trust resides.  

Ok, now what is the best email client for Linux?  Evolution Mail is what Ubuntu comes with.  Do you know anything about it?  Does Thunderbird work on Linux?



i use evolution, but most people i've spoken with use thunderbird.

to understand what a specific command does, type "man <command>" (i.e. to understand the ifconfig command, type "man ifconfig" at the prompt).  you may have to hit "q" for quit to leave the manual pages.  you'll use this often, trust me.

Link Posted: 4/15/2006 5:33:38 PM EDT
Thanks fellas,

ARFcom, the home of the heavy hitters!


Now I have to go figure out how to uprgade/install the latest version of Firefox. Ubuntu installed ver 1.07.

bdog60
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 5:43:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 5:46:32 PM EDT by Foxxz]
Linux Firefox

run
tar xzvf firefox-1.5.0.2.tar.gz
firefox/firefox




-Foxxz

ETA-You have to be in the same directory you downloaded the file
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 6:09:31 PM EDT
you mean you can't do a yum update firefox in ubuntu  


i've run a couple live cds of ubuntu, but never actually installed it on a machine.


Well done Foxxz.  
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 6:20:18 PM EDT
well...
theres
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade


and it will upgrade to the newest package ubuntu provides. it cant hurt to try it.

-foxxz
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 6:51:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/16/2006 7:02:00 PM EDT by Alpine]
You can get Firefox 1.5 going smoothly on Ubuntu Breezy (5.10) by following the instructions in this wiki.  If you're feeling impatient, there's a quick and dirty install method you'll see if you scroll down to the bottom of the page.

ETA - Foxxz's method works, too, but can cause Ubuntu to exhibit some wierdness.  At least, it did for me when I installed it what way.    So I went searching and found the wiki, installed, and all's well.

Edited Again to add - Dapper uses FF 1.5 by default, and 1.5 is supported through apt-get.  It's not officially "stable," but Dapper is solid on my machine.  I think the official release is set for early June.

Alpine
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