Help needed to understand how to setup a wirless connection

Hi all,
I am very new to linux and I am finding it very hard to get a wireless connection working, I am using openSUSE 10.3 (i586)
and I have a Edimax EW-7711UTn USB adaptor, I have tried to follow the instructions on this forum and I think I have set it up using YaST2 but I still can not connect to the internet. Can anyone give me some idiot proof instructions please as I’m stuck!

SUSE 10.3 is long past it’s use by date. ie; it has no support now.

11.4 is the latest release

On 07/26/2011 02:46 PM, caf4926 wrote:
> SUSE 10.3 is long past it’s use by date. ie; it has no support now.
> 11.4 is the latest release

You can use 10.3, but the number of built-in drivers is much, much smaller than
in current versions. That means that you will have to scrounge around on the Web
to find source code and then modify it to compile on an old kernel version. In
addition, you would need to edit the ifcfg files to establish the connection.

Take the advice above and upgrade to 11.4.

Thanks for the info, could you tell me if I can just install the new version on top of what I have? I have no idea what I am doing and I think I need all the help I can get :shame:
I have not got a lot on this PC and I was given it from someone on It would be nice to get it all up to date if I can but it all looks very complicated.
Thanks for the help!

Thanks, Can I just update or install on top of what I already have?? I’m having problems understanding just what I need to do (sorry if I sound a little dumb) Please help if you can. This is so different to windows I’m lost!

When you say “on top” and mean a fresh install: yes. Upgrading is no option in your case.

Things to do:

  1. Backup anything you possibly need to keep.

  2. Download the installation DVD iso file for 11.4, burn on DVD and check the media to make sure that it works.

  3. Boot from the DVD and select a “New Install”