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Title: internet connection - wired
Post by: RobM on July 03, 2013, 07:43:47 PM
I can not get this setup to connect to my home network:
    dsl 4.4.10 - running from CD
    Dell DimensionT1500
    broadcom corp unknown device 14e4:1692

Additional problem: I can not mount a flash drive, which means no saving setting for now.

The computer is running Ubuntu, which has no issues with network, or seeing the flash drive.
I was able to get my Dell Dimension 2400 to use DSL and see the flash drive.
I know how to ping self or other computers,  and how to use ipconfig/ifconfig.
I followed the suggestion in another "internet connection" post
   If this doesn't work, find the settings of your other computer (which I assume is also connected through
   the same router and working) by opening a terminal and typing
   "ifconfig" in Linux or "ipconfig" in Windows and read off the IP address.
   Then type it into the IP box of the DSL PC but increase the value of the fourth number by one.
    eg. if it is "192.168.0.101" on your working PC, use "192.168.0.102" for the DSL machine.

After I change the settings in dsl control panel/netcardconfig  I see no changes when I use ifconfig, still can not connect or ping.
during boot the see some mesages that the NIC is recognized, but I do not think a driver was loaded.

ideas? Rob


Title: Re: internet connection - wired
Post by: CNK on July 04, 2013, 10:00:59 AM
If "eth0" shows up in the ifconfig listing, then a driver has been loaded, however it may not be working. From a quick Google search, your computer looks like a pretty new model. The version of the Linux kernal included in DSL is pretty old, some more modern hardware drivers aren't included with it.

Look up the chipset of your computer's motherboard and search for when Linux driver software was developed for it. You might be able to load the drivers as modules on startup, but that relies on them supporting the linux Kernel version used (2.4.31).

If the support isn't available, you might want to try DSL-N which uses the 2.6 kernel. Or you could wait for John to release his promised new version of DSL that sounds much like a new DSL-N, supporting newer hardware but bloating the distro somewhat in terms of size and resource usage.


Title: Re: internet connection - wired
Post by: RobM on July 05, 2013, 12:25:57 AM
Thank you CNK, I will follow your advice out of curisousity, but presently I have a more willing victim for DSL experiements.

What little I know about drivers is from the windoz world, and I think they usually come with installers that (waving arms) tell the operating system that a driver has arrived.

Could the Ubuntu (Debian) driver for the Broadcom device work with DSL (also Debian) ?

Thanks again,
Rob


Title: Re: internet connection - wired
Post by: Roger10 on December 22, 2013, 10:05:08 PM
If "eth0" shows up in the ifconfig listing, then a driver has been loaded, however it may not be working. From a quick Google search, your computer looks like a pretty new model. The version of the Linux kernal included in DSL is pretty old, some more modern hardware drivers aren't included with it.

Look up the chipset of your computer's motherboard and search for when Linux driver software was developed for it. You might be able to load the drivers as modules on startup, but that relies on them supporting the linux Kernel version used (2.4.31).

If the support isn't available, you might want to try DSL-N which uses the 2.6 kernel. Or you could wait for John to release his promised new version of DSL that sounds much like a new DSL-N, supporting newer hardware but bloating the distro somewhat in terms of size and resource usage.

I tried this but it didn't work for me.  Anything else you can add to this?  Thanks.


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