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Old 20. Nov 2010, 12:56 AM   #31 (permalink)
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it will allow you to test your wireless without installing to HDD.
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Old 20. Nov 2010, 07:39 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Plus 1 for what lonny says

With my live (used DVD) there was a bit of a delay waiting for the boot process to start and it may take a time to "think" after you enter your connection details but then you'll see the CD/DVD tray light become active again and (hopefully) away you go.
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Old 20. Nov 2010, 11:25 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Kendall, just in case you have a problem don't give up immediately. I have run across some wireless hardware that does not work "out of the box" but I have never failed to be able to get it up and running with very little effort. The first time I had this problem I knew nothing about Linux, and still was able to get a unsupported wireless device to work in 10 or 15 minutes.

There are a couple of programs that can help you get a wireless card working using the windows drivers under linux. (I think they are both in the repositories so may be installed through the software center)

1. Ndiswrapper
2. Driverloader
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Old 20. Nov 2010, 03:36 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Just powered up the space PC, running, or to be exact, crawling very very slow on XP.

Wanted to put the Zorin LiveDVD (yes the dics burnt from the iso image) into the drive and just noticed that the space PC only had a CD RW Drive.

Unlikely I will get a new DVD drive for the old PC (or only until there's a need), and the Zorin image is too big to fit into a CD. Not sure if the spare old PC works with the USB boot image. Back to Ubuntu for the spare old PC at least for now.
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Just loaded the LiveDVD system. Can't connect to my wireless network.

Of course, if I knew what settings to use and what type of network I had, that might help. I know my Network name and I know my WEP key, but no matter what I tried, I couldn't get it to connect to my wireless network.

Now, I'm pretty convinced that I could connect this laptop directly to my network/DSL modem (via network cable) and it would work fine. But, what good does that do me with a laptop?!

Unless I can get my wireless connected, I don't see me actually installing this to my laptop.
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Of course, if I knew what settings to use and what type of network I had, that might help. I know my Network name and I know my WEP key, but no matter what I tried, I couldn't get it to connect to my wireless network.
Have you tried the TCP/IP setting? In my case, I opted for "obtain IP address automatically", and entered the Preferred DNS address and the Alternate DNS address. It then connected to the wireless network after I gave the authentication key.
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I did get a response from the site owner on their forum re: my USB modem but the suggestion made wasn't any use and there's been nothing else back since my reply to this.

I know this was possible with previous versions of Ubuntu because I watched my tech setting it up when I tried 9.04. It looked complicated then to a non-Linux user and probably wouldn't mean much more to me now

This I fear is where distros such as Zorin are going to struggle. Wireless and USB modem connections are one of the biggest issues for non savy Linux migrants and in order to keep them there has to be a facility for timely constructive help. I appreciate it isn't possible to achieve an Ubuntu style forum overnight but maybe more effort could be put into posting stickys about these issues with some known workarounds. I'm convinced that in my case the Sakis3G script would work if only I could figure out what driver it cannot find and how to install it. This is also where local knowledge comes into play but again i appreciate that you need to be in situ to realize this. The Sony Ericsson MD300 wasn't the most popular mobile broadband modem on the planet but it was here in Brazil because at one time it was the default issue from Claro who is the main provider. Add to this that per head of population Brazil has one of the highest Linux (Ubuntu) user rates and you can see why this is important to a lot of folks here

For now I've had to revert back to 10.10 because the continuing storms here mean that I need to continually switch between services to stay connected. Not so much of a problem except my wife needs the spare PC at weekends for her own work, so here I am back with Ubuntu
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Old 21. Nov 2010, 08:21 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Have you tried the TCP/IP setting? In my case, I opted for "obtain IP address automatically", and entered the Preferred DNS address and the Alternate DNS address. It then connected to the wireless network after I gave the authentication key.
Where do I find those settings? I went to add a new wireless connection and saw different options for the type of connection (WEP 40 or WEP 128 and some others) in the wireless tab, but I didn't pay much attention to the other tabs.
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Where do I find those settings? I went to add a new wireless connection and saw different options for the type of connection (WEP 40 or WEP 128 and some others) in the wireless tab, but I didn't pay much attention to the other tabs.
Network Connections>Wireless>Add or Edit>IPv4 or IPv6 (respectively) >

Automatic DHCP is default. You can change it to "Automatic addresses only" then you will be able to set the DNS server etc.
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Zorin OS4 is due for release in January with a RC early this month. It will be based on Ubuntu 10.10 so this should fix my mobile broadband recognition issues. I'll definitely be taking a look (surprise )

Amongst other enhancements the new release will have a program called Background Plus which enables the use of a video, sound or screensaver as background. Their site blurb says "available in all the premium (donate) versions" so I'm not sure if it will be possible to add this to the core release.
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