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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?
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?
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)
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
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?