Wireless Network with Live CD?
I am somewhat of a Linux newbie, and I have two questions - for now - (one of which does not pertain to wireless networking). First, some background information:
My girlfriend and I have two computers. The main one is a Windows machine (you can disintegrate me later) with cable internet. The other one (which is probably pushing 10 years old) used to be a Windows machine until it decided not to detect the hard disks anymore (problem with an on board controller, I suspect). I have been using Linspire Live to use the computer for minimal tasks until I can get a new motherboard or buy or build a new computer. Before switching from DSL to Cable, I was able to access the internet using Linspire through the ethernet card (though, both computers could not be online simultaneously). Before that, when it was still a Windows machine, I was able to use a wireless PCI card. Unfortunately, Linspire does not detect the wireless card.
Question # 1: Is there a live Linux distribution that will run on an older machine and might be able to detect and utilize my wireless card? I have tried to run my Knoppix CD, but it comes up with an "out of range" message and will not load.
Question # 2: My reading assignments for school require me to be able to open and view PDF documents. Unfortunately, the older version of OpenOffice on the Linspire CD will not properly, if at all, open many of the newer PDF documents. So my question is this: Is there a live distro with a newer version of OpenOffice (preferably the same one that might detect the wireless card) that can open newer PDF files? Keep in mind, this is an older machine.
Thanks in advance!