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  1. WiFi network profiles are saved somewhere (don't remember where - if you poke arounf /etc/, you will find them). Nonetheless the problem you describe is precisely the problem I have with MDV2008. Every time I come home from work, I have to configure WiFi interface over again. Even when a network is shown in drakconect, it is always a pain to connect.
  2. Hmm, I think xulrunner plugin was installed on my Ubuntu 10.04 laptop, but I don't think I ever had it installed with firefox from firefox.com.
  3. Trio3b, you did not specify the version of Mandriva you're using. I still have a Mandriva 2008 laptop, but my experience is very different from the K Bergen's. Since day one, I have always had problems with Mandriva being unable to connect to WiFi. E.g., I recently changed the router, and am no longer able to browse the web, even though ifconfig and network manager shows that the laptop is connected to the new router. In fact I tried 3 different router brands, and had no success with either or them. Surprisingly, Ubuntu 8.04 on the same laptop has no issues with connecting to any networks I tried so far, including the new router. If I recall correctly, there was a bug in the original 2008 scripts which prevented connecting to WPA2 wireless networks. Someone provided a script to add WPA2 capability. Maybe if you search around you will find it. Among the latest distros, Mandriva 2011 was the only distribution which had issues with connecting to my home network when I was shopping for a distro to install on a new laptop. Eventually, I had no choice but ditch Mandriva for Ubuntu after 10+ years of using Mandrake/Mandriva exclusively as the main OS.
  4. @ the original poster: How did you upgrade Firefox, from Mandriva repositories or from firefox.com?
  5. Unfortunately, the problem persists... I figured out that even when I ping the router, quite a few packets go lost (around 60%). And this only happen when I use Mandriva. The same laptop is very happy when I run Ubuntu 2008 on it, so I suspect something is wrong with the WiFi driver (:
  6. Unfortunately, none of this helped. I decided to return WNDR3800 and have a fresh start with Dlink DIR-835. When I first unpacked the router, and used it with very basic settings (secure WiFi, and default dhcp settings), I initially had a pretty slow connection, but somehow it stopped, and the wlan interface again does not work. I added to resolve.conf along with The router has been set up for WPA-personal with TKIP encryption, and SSID broadcast enabled. The laptop is even getting the IP address and I can ping the router (1-2ms), www.google.com (10-20ms), and the webserver of my ISP (the latter ping is quite uneven, from min 7ms to max 210ms). On a rare occasion, I can even browse to google, but such occasions are rather an exception. Anyway, I like this EDIT: I just figured out that even though the laptop is allocated the IP address, the router does not show it on the list of connected wireless devices. Could this be a clue?
  7. Hmm, could you please be more specific? I am not using proxy at all. Occasionally, I can load some very basic pages, but even www.google.com is painfully slow. If I connect the ethernet cable (and let ifplugd do its things), then the connection is very fast - the speed test clocks close to 8Mps, stated by my ISP. Once the cable is disconnected, the laptop is back on its knees... Oh, when on WiFi, I cannot connect to my server at work via ssh from the command line (of course the wired connection over the ethernet is not a problem). Does this rule out the possibility of a browser based problem?
  8. My old router has died, and has been replaced with the new unit Netgear WNDR3800. The new router works very well with all Windows and Ubuntu PCs, and kindles that I have at home. The only unfortunate exception is my Mandriva 2008 laptop. The WiFi interface is recognized by the router, and it obtains the IP address. The nameserver and routing table are also configured OK. I can ping the router. However web browsing is painfully slow. I tried to modify the routing table to make it look exactly like the table in Ubuntu, where the WiFi performance of this laptop is blissful fast (the laptop has Ubuntu 8.04 as well on one of the partitions), but that did not help either. Will anybody here be able to help with fixing this? The card works fine with Ubuntu and Windows on the same Laptop, so it is clearly a Mandriva related issue. I had previously had occasional problems with configuring this card, but usually could fix these problems by running through the interface config procedure. Unfortunately, doing so does not help this time around. Here is some detailed information. The WiFi card is INTEL Pro Wireless 4965AGN. I have been using the native Intel driver that came with Mandriva. $ more /etc/resolv.conf nameserver Original Mandriva's routing table # route -n Kernel IP routing table Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface U 35 0 0 wlan0 U 35 0 0 wlan0 U 0 0 0 lo UG 35 0 0 wlan0 The modified Ubuntu-like routing table # route -n Kernel IP routing table Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface U 10 0 0 wlan0 U 1000 0 0 lo UG 10 0 0 wlan0 Any help please, EDIT: I have replaced NETGEAR with Dlink DIR-835. Still no luck...
  9. Looks like the graphic server (the X server) failed to start. The X server logs used to be stored in the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log. It should give you a complete information about what went wrong. These days, however, most people simply try LiveCD versions first. Try it. If it works, then you can try install again. If it does not, then Mandriva may have issues with your hardware (not surprising, given that its last release was a year ago). I suggest that you try Ubuntu/Kubuntu, Fedora, or LinuxMint.
  10. The easiest way to sync to PCs is using unison http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/ . It should be in the Mandriva repositories. Once you installed it on MainPC, create a configuration file on that PC. It must be a text file with extension .prf, something like this # Unison preferences file root = /home/AussieJohn root = ssh://AussieJohn@OtherPC:22 path = Videos path = Music path = Photos This presumes that you run the ssh server on the PC named OtherPC and your username is AussieJohn on both PCs (change as appropriate). ssh is not the only way to use unison, please check the documentation. Be sure to save preferences in ~/home/AussieJohn/.unison/example.prf on the MainPC. Once this is done, you are ready to go. I always have unison on both PCs, so maybe you will need to install it on both PCs too. In that case, you will need to use the same versions on both machines. Since your machines run flavours of Mandriva which are 2 years apart, you might find that the versions in the repos differ. If so, just download the latest gtk static binary from the Unison website and place it in /usr/local/bin on both PCs.
  11. Search the Mandriva Software centre for shorewall.
  12. If the network card is not detected, there used to be a wrapper to allow native Windows drivers to be loaded and used under Linux. The software was called ndiswrapper. An alternative is to google for native Linux drivers,... and you should contact the manufacturer, and ask them to provide the driver for Linux!
  13. Since you are asking, I guess you don't need it:-). Wine (Wine Is Not Emulator) is an implementation of the Microsoft Windows API to allow some applications written for MS Windows to run on Linux. You need it if you need to use MS Office or wish to play a Windows game on your Linux PC. Let me warn you right away - not all MS Windows applications can be run that way. In fact, very few can. There is a very affordable commercial implementation of Wine, CrossOver Office, produced by CodeWeavers http://www.codeweavers.com. I have been using it for many years to run MS Office, it works great for me. They have a detailed list of compatible applications.
  14. Sorry for bumping the old topic... So, is there a 2011 64bit live gnome version on CD or DVD? Where can i find it? I hope the Gnome version does not use the disastrous network manager.
  15. :lol2: In my test, Mandriva 2011 proved to be less stable than other distros I tried.
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