Problem – accessing home wifi.
Pentium 4; 1.5G RAM; IDE HDD; running on Intel MB d865glc. A bland, old, and tired PC.
Internet access provided by ATT Uverse with modem/router/wifi combo box.
Mint 14 Cinnamon 32bit
Runs fine. Internet access works well with wired connection to the ATT box.
I would like to get either one of the following two wifi devices to work (and remove the wired connection):
Linksys wusb54gs v1 (usb connected wifi adaptor; the preferred device); or
Linksys wmp54g v1.1 (pci card).
Problem 1 (WUSB54GS)
When I connect Linksys WUSB54G (version 1), an external wifi adaptor (via USB), a dialog box pops up requesting the encryption key.
When I enter the encryption key (the key works under WinXP and Win7), it fails to connect and, after a few seconds, the same dialog box pops up requesting the encryption key. This is repeated.
Since the encryption key dialog box pops up, I assume that Mint 14 has detected the adaptor and detected that there is a wifi to connect to.
It just will not connect, even with the encryption key. I double, triple checked to make sure that I am using the correct key.
Is this some settings issue?
Problem 2 (WMP54G)
Mint 14 does not recognize the pci card.
I searched Mint forums and found the following link:
Per the forum posts, I used the Software Manager to install the following (using wired Internet access):
Reboot, but no change (not recognizing the WMP54G card).
How do install the drivers/programs I downloaded? I cannot even find the files that were downloaded.
For example, when I open System Tools / Administration / Wireless Network Drivers, I cannot even find the downloaded drivers in the list, and I do not know where to go to find these drivers?
Sorry for a lame newbie question.
It looks to me that Problem 1 is more easily solved since it looks like the system is at least recognizing the device and detecting the presence of the local wifi. But what do I know? Not much.
Thanks for your help.