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    Rescued Dell C600


    I found a Dell Latitude C600 in the dumpster of my apartment building. I fished it out to see if it worked. I ordered a charger cable for $3.99 from amazon and it powered up and booted XP. The battery, at full charge had about 30 minutes to live so I dropped another $29 on a battery. Windows update ate up the 10GB hard drive so I spent another ten bucks to get a Linux Mandriva 2010.2. I'm really happy that it works except that the Raltek rtl 8192cu USB LAN dongle won't install. I can't find an RPM package and changing the install.sh permission to executable isn't working. I'm really not that familiar with Linux.

    The instructions from the vendor are:

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    Software Package - Component
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    1. ReleaseNotes.doc

    2. document/

    3. driver source code

    3.1 Makefile - to build the modules

    3.2 Script and configuration for DHCP:
    "wlan0dhcp"
    "ifcfg-wlan0"

    3.3 Example of supplicant configuration file:
    "wpa1.conf"

    3.4 Script to run wpa_supplicant
    "runwpa"

    3.5 Script to clean relative modules
    "clean"

    4. wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant-0.6.9_wps_patch_20100201.zip
    The tool help the wlan network to communicate under the
    protection of WPAPSK mechanism (WPA/WPA2) and add WPS patch

    5. install.sh
    Script to easy make 8192cu driver.

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    User Guide(1) - connecting wireless networking using "Network Manager" GUI utility (For PC Linux)
    ================================================== ================================================== ==============
    (1) Network Manager is a utility attempts to make use of wireless networking easy.

    (2) Notes: if you want to use the following command-line method to connect wireless networking,
    please disable the "Network Manager", because "Network Manager" will conflict with method of command line .

    ================================================== ================================================== ==============
    User Guide(2) - Using the wpa_cli & wpa_supplicant tools (For embedded Linux)
    ================================================== ================================================== ==============

    Please refer to the document/wpa_cli_with_wpa_supplicant_20091227.doc

    ================================================== ================================================== ==============
    User Guide(3) - Set wireless lan MIBs in Command Line (Legacy command - Not recommend)
    ================================================== ================================================== ==============
    This driver uses Wireless Extension as an interface allowing you to set
    Wireless LAN specific parameters.

    Current driver supports "iwlist" to show the device status of nic
    iwlist wlan0 [parameters]
    where
    parameter explaination [parameters]
    ----------------------- -------------
    Show available chan and freq freq / channel
    Show and Scan BSS and IBSS scan[ning]
    Show supported bit-rate rate / bit[rate]

    For example:
    iwlist wlan0 channel
    iwlist wlan0 scan
    iwlist wlan0 rate

    Driver also supports "iwconfig", manipulate driver private ioctls, to set
    MIBs.

    iwconfig wlan0 [parameters] [val]
    where
    parameter explaination [parameters] [val] constraints
    ----------------------- ------------- ------------------
    Connect to AP by address ap [mac_addr]
    Set the essid, join (I)BSS essid [essid]
    Set operation mode mode {Managed|Ad-hoc}
    Set keys and security mode key/enc[ryption] {N|open|restricted|off}

    For example:
    iwconfig wlan0 essid "ap_name"
    iwconfig wlan0 ap XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
    iwconfig wlan0 mode Ad-hoc
    iwconfig wlan0 essid "name" mode Ad-hoc
    iwconfig wlan0 key 0123456789 [2] open
    iwconfig wlan0 key off
    iwconfig wlan0 key restricted [3] 0123456789
    Note: Better to set these MIBS without GUI such as NetworkManager and be sure that our
    nic has been brought up before these settings. WEP key index 2-4 is not supportted by
    NetworkManager.

    ================================================== =============================
    Getting IP address (For User Guide(2) & User Guide(3))
    ================================================== =============================
    After start up the nic and connect to AP successfully, the network needs to obtain an IP address
    before transmit/receive data.
    This can be done by setting the static IP via "ifconfig wlan0 IP_ADDRESS"
    command, or using DHCP.

    If using DHCP, setting steps is as below:
    (1)check if the WiFi had connected to an AP via "iwconfig" command
    $> iwconfig

    (2)run the script which run the dhclient
    $> ./wlan0dhcp
    or
    dhcpcd wlan0
    (Some network admins require that you use the
    hostname and domainname provided by the DHCP server.
    In that case, use
    dhcpcd -HD wlan0)


    ================================================== =============================
    WPAPSK/WPA2PSK - using wpa_supplicant (For User Guide(3))
    ================================================== =============================

    Wpa_supplicant helps to secure wireless connection with the protection of
    WPAPSK/WPA2PSK mechanism. Please refer to the document/wpa_cli_with_wpa_supplicant_20091227.doc

    ================================================== =============================
    WPS - PIN & PBC methods
    ================================================== =============================

    (*) Please refer to the document/wpa_cli_with_wpa_supplicant_20091227.doc

    ================================================== =============================
    Power Saving Mode
    ================================================== =============================

    (*) Please refer to the document/HowTo enable the power saving functionality.doc

    What?

    I'm somewhere between "Linux for Dummies" and knowing what all that is supposed to mean. Hello?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirgoMale8 View Post
    Dell Latitude C600 - charger cable for $3.99 - another $29 on a battery - ten bucks to get a Linux Mandriva 2010.2.
    so you spent more than 40$ on a 14year old laptop???
    you spent 10$ on an outdated, actually dead operating system?

    if you're happy experimenting with a machine like that, i happened to stumble upon an arch wiki page - maybe you can get some help from that.

    you should ditch mandriva and install a current os (albeit one for ancient hardware). roktnji probably has something to say to that - maybe antiX?

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    Howdy. Welcome.
    Mandriva is not a good start as the kernel in it was made before your usb wifi device was made.

    Any Linux Operating system with a 3x kernel will have the driver built into the kernel for your usb.
    Firmware to run that dongle is a nonfree component and will require a hard line ether connection
    to install the firmware. You are learning a new language like a English speaker in Mexico.

    That is why you

    What?
    But like being in a foreign country. Be polite and make a effort to understand and do not whine or complain about it.

    Now for the techy stuff. Is this you? Amazon.com : Dell Latitude D600 14.1-Inch Laptop - 512MB RAM, 30GB Hard Drive : Laptop Computers : Computers & Accessories
    Mainly. Are you 512MB of ram? Does your internal wifi card present and work? Probably is a Broadcom.

    Some info for you to read on your wifi chip on your usb below.
    https://wiki.debian.org/rtl819x

    Pay attention to the part where it says

    Non-free firmware is required for all drivers, which can be provided by installing the firmware-realtek package. RTL8192U firmware is currently not packaged (588142).
    Since it sounds like you are into a buying a cd. Let me point you to a cheaper better alternative. They have current releases.
    #1. DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD.
    #2. OSDisc.com - antiX 13.2 - Install/Live CD (32-bit)

    Thats my recommend. My advice to you. During the install process. At the very beginning. You are asked if you want to run Stable,Testing,or Unstable. Pick Stable because you are new to this territory.

    Install video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kCo...8DDQkBJ5YSfVrt

    There are other videos there also to help you speak and learn the language.

    Have fun with it and and hope to see you at MEPIS Community Forum - Index page or antiX-forum - Index page .

    Happy Trails, Rok

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    what a loser

    Great answer. Thanks. My dog's older than that. Maybe she's not worth it either. How do you keep your job?

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    whiskey-tango-foxtrot?
    we both try to help you (admittedly, rokytnji harder than me) - and this is what you have to say to that?

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    At last, an intelligen answer

    I've almost always used Linx-Mandrake. That's why Mandriva. The machine has 256mb RAM. I can get anothe 256mb Ramchip for $13.95. I may upgrade if it's worth it.

    The usb dongle is by Realtek. It is a rtl8192cu. I need to reinstall Linux and resize /usr so that I can download the Mandriva upgrade. I have the machine on an ethernet cable to my router. I'll get back to you, maybe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirgoMale8 View Post
    I'll get back to you, maybe...
    Who cares...

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    It's not a high priority. I found the damn machine in the dumpster. You already expained that I need an updated kernel. Now I know that I can either recompile the kernel or get the update. I'll get around to it. Thanks. Bye now...

    BTFW, I posted my problem in the Mandriva forum because I prefer Linux Mandrake. If I bought a Cheverolet I really don't care why you like Fords. If I'd wanted a Ford I would have bought one wouldn't I?

    Quote Originally Posted by NGIB View Post
    Who cares...

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    This is my machine. For what they are selling for at Amazon it's probably worth fooling with:

    ww*amazon*com/Dell-Latitude-c600-20GB-WIFI/dp/B000FFD1SS

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    Hey again! Will a Dell c600 wireless NIC adapter work with my Linux distro?

    I ordered: Broadcom 4318 BG Mini PCI WIFI Wireless WLAN Card 802.11b/g 54Mbps BCM4318 ISM at Amazon.com
    Last edited by VirgoMale8; 3 Weeks Ago at 03:44 PM.

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