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Postby clem » Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:49 am

Hi Zen,

Take your time, relax and learn about Linux at your own pace. Maybe it's too soon for you to make the jump. You'll always have issues or things you want to change in a Linux environment and you need to be ready to spend time and appreciate that time when you're learning and doing things with the computer. It is becoming more and more easy for people to tweak things in Linux but we're still an OS for computer enthusiast and there is a learning curve.

I'm sorry you didn't get your WIFI working. From what I see the driver is working fine and all you need is a bit of help on the configuration side. Make a new thread, post your question with the mintWifi diagnostic and hopefully people will come to you and help you set it up.



Postby zen » Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:56 am

Thanks Clem - I was stressed and did not mean anything negative. I am looking at a thinkpad T40 Pnetium M

any clues as to whether this will work has the integrated wrieless in it?

I am committed to get into linux. the machine was maybe not the best!


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Postby frank392 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:43 pm

HI Zen,
Instead of waisting your time or spending big $$ in a new machine i would suggest to get a new wireless card:
or just check the P/N BWLG630NA.C2
I have this one on my laptop and it works Great! out of the box, :D

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This is what my computer said

Postby sethman » Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:41 pm

* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
-- Broadcom Corporation Unknown device 4311 (rev 01)
==> PCI ID = 14e4:4311 (rev 01)
* II. querying ndiswrapper...
No drivers installed
* III. querying iwconfig...
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

eth1 IEEE 802.11b/g ESSID:"" Nickname:"Broadcom 4311"
Mode:Managed Access Point: Invalid
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

* IV. querying ifconfig...
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:15:C5:CC:3B:63
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
RX packets:9582 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:9483 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:3418996 (3.2 MiB) TX bytes:1425230 (1.3 MiB)

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
RX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:1036 (1.0 KiB) TX bytes:1036 (1.0 KiB)

* V. querying DHCP...
There is already a pid file /var/run/ with pid 5195
killed old client process, removed PID file
Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.0.4
Copyright 2004-2006 Internet Systems Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit

SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
Listening on LPF/eth1/00:16:cf:cb:50:59
Sending on LPF/eth1/00:16:cf:cb:50:59
Listening on LPF/eth0/00:15:c5:cc:3b:63
Sending on LPF/eth0/00:15:c5:cc:3b:63
Sending on Socket/fallback
DHCPREQUEST on eth0 to port 67
DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to port 67 interval 7
send_packet: Network is down
receive_packet failed on eth1: Network is down
bound to -- renewal in 41651 seconds.
* VI. querying nslookup

Non-authoritative answer:

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Postby jcoleman » Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:09 am

Did you enter a DNS number for your router?
the number I needed was for my DSL router (ie: the number you use to access it from a browser)
go --> system - administration - networking
make sure the wireless connection is checked
SSID correct, etc?
DNS tab - add the DNS address to the list
Close an reopen your browser and see if that helps

My wireless did not work until I did that - I am using an Acer 3100 series at home and a IBM T43p at work/home. Different puters - different cards - must of held my mouth right for a change.

I gave up on PCBSD because of the wireless problems - after some searching Mint seemed the closest to what I needed - a functional computer that I can work on and do what I need.

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Postby Michael_Valentine » Sun Mar 11, 2007 6:57 pm

Hi, new here and wanted to see what the statues is on the Ralink rt73! Could not get it to work on the Live CD but everything seemed to work fine. I prefer not to use ndiswrapper for various reasons and Ralink does offer drivers for linux. Have they been added or will they be added in the next version! Thanks and keep up the good work! :)

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Postby Husse » Sun May 13, 2007 4:59 am

This thread should have been locked long ago so that new questions are posted in new threads, not in this one.
Don't fix it if it ain't broken, don't break it if you can't fix it

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