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  1. Seems I have to delete the interface and re-enter each network's configuration in network center or in tray icon as I move from one network to the next over the course of several days. i might not go to coffee shop for two weeks or Library for a month but I want the connection there when I need it.


    Doesn't drakconnect have a profile saved somewhere?

    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. 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.

  3. It could be a DNS proxy issue. Edit your /etc/resolv.conf and give external DNS servers and see if it improves in terms of speed. You can use something like this:


    # Google DNS


    # OpenDNS


    and check if it's any faster. This will rule out the router having problems forwarding the DNS externally. Sometimes DNS Proxying can be a problem, I had this on my firewall at home, and this was a GBP 400-500 device which isn't exactly cheap, and you'd expect it to work better than standard home routers. Only thing I can think of at present. Try it and let us know.


    Also, check the router wireless settings, in case you are using some encryption settings that might not be completely supported by the particular WIFI module on your Linux system. If using WPA or WPA2, change to WPA and also encryption TKIP, as this is the basic one. Perhaps you are using WPA2 and AES. Another alternative is temporarily run the WIFI without encryption and see if it's any better to rule it out.

    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 :wall:


    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?

  4. I can't imagine it would be a routing problem.

    More likely to be a proxy problem, or a browser based problem

    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?

  5. 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 


    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...

  6. After a bit more looking around I entered the command 'startx' and it brough up this;

    (II) [kms] drm report modesetting isn't supported

    (EE) RADEON(0): chipset: "AMD RADEON HD 6800 Series" (chipID = 0x6739) requires KMS

    (EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a useable configuration.


    Fatal server error: no screens found

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. There is a thread on Mandriva Forums about removing network manager. I recall that networkmanager must also be disabled somewhere in the system tray. My attempts to remove/bypass networkmanager failed, and I just gave up on Mandriva 2011 altogether, even though it gave me the best battery life.

  11. It looks like you are trying to install the version of ndiswrapper that does not match your kernel.


    Open console, and type uname -r to find the kernel version. Then install the version of the ndiswrapper that exactly matches the kernel version. If you have not updated your system and run the kernel that was on the DVD, then you should be able to find the matching version in the main repository, or on the DVD.

  12. 1. ASUS EeePC 1005-HA here running Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04. I don't notice significant difference between FireFox and Chrome on general pages. However, if the page is heavy on java scripts or has a flash movie embedded, then scrolling is substantially slower, and the browser is not as responsive as usual.


    2. You should look at how well the distro manages power, and how easy is to setup wireless networking. For me, the turning point toward Ubuntu was poor Mandriva's power management. With Ubuntu + EeePC ACPI scripts, my battery lasts almost the same time as if I was running Windows XP - over 10 hours when the battery was new. Even now, 1 year on, I have nearly 8 hours of battery life.


    3. A year ago, N450/N355 used to be a pain to install Linux on. Hope it has changed.


    4. Get 2Gb memory for it.

  13. Does anybody have an Eee PC battery lasting in Mandriva as long as it lasts in Windows? My 1005HA-H has a 10.5h capacity battery, and roughly that's what I get in Windows XP: I discharged the battery to 65% of its capacity, and the system tray was telling me that I had about 6 hours left. In live mode, Mandriva ONE GNOME was draining the battery much quicker, with 80% charged battery it was showing 5.5-6 hours left. Is this a typical figure, or I should have tweaked something?


    Another problem was that the microphone did not work at all, and the webcam in cheese was slow as a snail - pretty much unusable. Is there a fix to that?



    [moved from Installing Mandriva by spinynorman]

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