Re: Failing to get wireless card working on Toshiba + Suse
From: felmon (noone_at_nowhere.invalid)
Date: Sat, 03 Sep 2005 13:37:37 -0400
On Fri, 02 Sep 2005 10:32:09 +0100, Jeremy Russell wrote:
> And now, I can't get the wireless working again, even after a complete
> re-install. And the free installation support apparently doesn't cover
> wireless cards, dammit.
I doubt if I can help - I just started fooling with wireless on my system
a couple of weeks ago. I got it running on my laptop fine using Mepis - I
have no need of it on my SuSE 9.1 (or 9.2? I forget) system.
your story is scary; I have a question or two.
(1) by 'complete reinstall' you mean, you have reformatted the partition
and reinstalled, or you have deleted all the files on the partition and
reinstalled, or you have rewritten the partition with a new copy from the
dvd? in any case, be sure there is nothing left over from the prior
(2) frankly, you shouldn't be 'reinstalling' when you hit a problem like
this anyway. best try to figure out the issue.
in your shoes it would be hard to resist the temptation to reinstall with
the hope of getting back to a working wireless setup. I know how that
feels but have been in Linux long enough it no longer seems to have a
point. but indulge yourself, if you are impatient, just to get to a
working setup, but after that, no more!
(3) if it is working, note all the important network settings and write
them down. I think yast provides most of what you need. of course, you
have your isp's info like dns numbers and such. you have also queried your
router? also make sure either SuSE's or your router's firewall isn't
standing in the way.
if I recall, you get a problem with updates. then I would do an update but
not in one dump but instead I would query each option and look to see what
is happening with network-related stuff.
my own untutored suspicion is that either some configuration data is
getting munged, a firewall is blocking you or the wrong driver is getting
by the way, I believe I have the same network device in my newly bought HP
Pavillion laptop onto which I just installed Mepis and had the same
experience as another poster - wifi started up, found not only my network
but two of my neighbor's and in fact hitchhiked on one of my neighbor's
before I realized what was happening!
(one neighbor had PCX5000 as their network name which is, of course, a
Toshiba brand modem/router combo. I wonder if they bothered to change the
default admin and password?)
but stop the reinstalls. that's like fixing a lock by demolishing the
house and rebuilding.