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Hi again When I type / sbin/ifconfig on its own I get the output: Code: [root@localhost Module]# /sbin/ifconfig eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:17:31:F3:71:E4 UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:0 ...
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- 02-01-2007 #11
When I type /sbin/ifconfig on its own I get the output:
[root@localhost Module]# /sbin/ifconfig eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:17:31:F3:71:E4 UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b) Interrupt:50 Base address:0xa000 lo Link encap:Local Loopback inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0 inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1 RX packets:128 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:128 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 RX bytes:10160 (9.9 KiB) TX bytes:10160 (9.9 KiB) [root@localhost Module]#
I suppose there's no way around ifconfig? I don't understand what is going on, other people have got to have had this driver working and I'm on a pretty much 'out of the box' Mandriva 2007 x86_64 install. All my hardware works fine in Windoze so it shouldn't really be a problem with that. This is really really frustrating and without your help I wouldn't have even been able to get the module loaded (help I'm very grateful for by the way).
Is there any part of my system I haven't thought to tell you about which might have an influence?
- 02-01-2007 #12
Oh, just adding a bit more
I added "rt61" to the end of /etc/modules to load it evey time I booted, I've just rebooted and I tried lsmod again. rt61 wasnt there at all.
Is there something else I should be adding to the line as well?
- 02-01-2007 #13
I made a slight error in asking you to type sbin/ifconfig. I meant sbin/iwconfig ifconfig is the command to list wired connections, not wireless connections. Try that.
As for the /etc/modules.conf thingy, I have no idea. You did edit the file as root, right?
Also, here's a biased statement that you don't necessarily have to listen to:
I don't like Mandriva. It's just not as good as some of the other distros. Also, it's hits per day on distrowatch have been dropping quite a bit lately. It is fading away, and other distros like Gentoo and Ubuntu are taking it's place. Personally, I think Ubuntu is the best Linux distro for home use. It just works (and I think apt package management is better than rpm). If all else fails, use Ubuntu.
(end of biased statement)
- 02-02-2007 #14
Thanks for your advice, I've been looking at Ubuntu and heard several good things about it. I'm certainly not adverse to giving it a try (well, Kubuntu. I like KDE)
I don't necessarily have undying loyalty for Mandriva, it was just that Mandrake 10.1 was the first distro I tried that didn't give me an error a minute so to speak. I've stayed with them since. But I love the Linux system in general. The workings of it and the ideals behind it, so I'm eager to make the switch from Windoze as soon as I get working wireless, to whichever distro works better for me. Plus the Ubuntu project seems to be a bit more community based than Mandriva, which is nice
If I cant get past the same step on Kubuntu I'll be posting on here again tonight
- 02-12-2007 #15
I've been a bit quiet over the last week as I've been trying out several things.
First of all, I installed Kubuntu 6.10. I tried all the steps on that and it kept failing at the same point. So the new distro didn't really help there. Also, there were several things I quite liked about the interface, sudo for one. and only seeing the home folder and media folder (seemed quite neat and tidy). But it gave me a lot of trouble with things like the nVidia driver (which worked first time in Mandriva) and I missed the Mandriva Control Centre. So for now I'm back with that, although once I've finally found a way to do this internet and managed to leave Windoze for linux, I'll dual boot some distros and properly find out which suits me best.
Whilst on the Ubuntu forums I found a thread about this very driver. And from this I managed to find out what my main problem was. The driver doesn't work on x86_64! Only 32-Bit distros. There was a link however to a project supposed to bring 64bit support to the driver here.
I tried the project but it failed to work on my system. But then again it did say that it was mainly untested and never guaranteed to work.
I made the decision to download the 32bit Mandriva finally. It seemed a bit of a waste as I've only recently upgraded to a 64bit processor but I was also having 64bit compatibility issues with some other software I use such as Blender (a 3D rendering and animation program I simply can't do without). Are there any advantages to having a 64bit distro and do the improvements outweigh the problems in your opinion?
Anyway, now I'm using the i586 version I followed the readme instructions and everything went through without a hitch. From iwconfig I now get this:
[root@localhost priest]# iwconfig lo no wireless extensions. eth0 no wireless extensions. sit0 no wireless extensions. ra0 RT61 Wireless ESSID:"" Mode:Auto Frequency:1 MHz Bit Rate=54 Mb/s RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Encryption key:off Link Quality=0/100 Signal level:-121 dBm Noise level:-111 dBm Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0 Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
[Default] CountryRegion=0 CountryRegionABand=7 WirelessMode=0 SSID=sharpe NetworkType=Infra Channel=0 AuthMode=OPEN EncrypType=WEP DefaultKeyID=1 Key1Type=0 Key1Str=9b535f**** Key2Type=0 Key2Str= Key3Type=0 Key3Str= Key4Type=0 Key4Str= WPAPSK=abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz TxBurst=0 PktAggregate=0 TurboRate=0 WmmCapable=0 AckPolicy1=0 AckPolicy2=0 AckPolicy3=0 AckPolicy4=0 BGProtection=0 IEEE80211H=0 TxRate=0 RTSThreshold=2347 FragThreshold=2346 RoamThreshold=75 PSMode=CAM TxPreamble=0 FastRoaming=0
I feel that working internet is so close now I can taste it. I've tried to figure out as much as I can on my own but could you offer any help to get me over this last hurdle?