View Full Version : Knoppix with D-Link wireless card

09-23-2003, 06:47 AM
I'm another Knoppix newbie. I'm running XP and absolutely hate it, but i can't use Knoppix exclusively until i get my internet to work.

I have a D-Link DWL-650+ card, which Knoppix can detect (recognizes TI chip and all), but i can't use it for the internet. I don't even know how to set up an internet connection in *nix.

I'm using the CD bootable version of Knoppix, and i can't save settings because XP is using NTFS.

I'd like to install Knoppix on a partition, but i don't know if you can do that with this cd.

Any help would be appreciated.

09-23-2003, 07:51 AM

First things first, for starters info look on the wiki (faqs and documentation)
Probably you need to look at hdinstall and similars.
KnoppixForNewBees is also interesting I guess.

Second, installing on ntfs is not easy at this point.
The free tools for resizing ntfs don't work with XP home(tm).
Look at commercial resizers, there is a link on the wiki as well for them.

I used BootitNG recently and it works flawlessly. Do a google search and read about it before you start using the free trial download. If you can spare the money, buy a license (+/- 35 EUR). The tool is great and does lots of other stuff as well such as doing back up copies of partitions on cd. You don't want to reinstall a full XP that takes all the harddisk after you finally manange to get knoppix working flawlessly do you?

Under the knoppix entry of the start menu there is in the network section a link for configuring wlan cards. The D-link should work as it is. In my opinion you'd better switch of WEP encription first and add it back later if the connection proves to be working.
I have a sitecom and linksys card and both needed changes in the configuration files before I could use them.
In a terminal do "sudo iwconfig" there should be a lot of info about your card printed like model, make, mac address, signal strength and so on. If the only thing you see is a kind of an error message, your card has not been properly identified by the pcmcia package.

Saving configuration can be done on a floppy or on a memory card or the like, no need to do that on the ntfs partition. NTFS can only dependably be accessed as read only at this point.

For a starters it's much easier to use a standard 100MB ethernet network to get things running and afterwards add the wireless.
I have been doing harddisk installs since version 3.1 came out and 3.3 reportedly still does that and the procedure is gradually perfected. Read more in the FAQS and Documentation section.

happy nixing