Networking Newbie needs help with Suse and Vista

I am starting a new thread because the old one got bogged down, and that may have been my fault. I thought I had explained my setup clearly, but a PM conversation suggested that I may not have done so. Thus, I am trying again:

My notebook is Vista Home Premium only. My desktop is dualboot XP Pro/11.0RC2.

My notebook has an Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Network Adapter. My desktop has no wireless network adapter, it just has a Belkin wirelss router plugged into it and into my D-Link ADSL modem. All the lspci and lsusb outputs I have posted were from my desktop, not my notebook, since I do not have Suse on the notebook. In fact, I couldn’t even get the LiveCD to run on the notebook.

Once again, here is the problem: When my dektop PC (dualboot XP Pro/11.0RC2) is in XP, the Vista-only notebook can see and connect to the network. When the DESKTOP PC is in Suse, the notebook cannot see or connect to the network.

I hope that this time I have explained the situation clearly. What I am seeking to find out is this: Is there anything I need to do in my desktop’s Suse configuration to enable the notebook to see and connect to the WLAN?

At the moment I’m 0 for 3 on queries here, with no word on the screensaver issue and no Hindi IME, so I apologise if my ealrier thread misled anyone or made it unclear what I was after. I hope that now the situation is clear. Thanks for all your replies and patience

The AR5007EG is basically the one card I think MadWifi doesn’t cover. There is a patch you can manually apply if you’re running 32-bit.

#1679 (Patch for AR2425 (AR5007EG) chipset) - - Trac](

Thankyou for making the effort to restate this. Clearly we were off on a wild goose chase on the previous thread, and my apologies for that.

I am still not 100% certain I understand.

With your notebook running Vista, and your Desktop openSUSE (at the same time), am I correct that your Vista notebook can connect to the Internet, but it can NOT see files on openSUSE Desktop PC ?

Is that the problem?

If so, then simply install an application like WinSCP on your notebook Vista PC, and on your desktop openSUSE open up port #22. Then by using WinSCP on your Vista notebook PC, you can access your openSUSE desktop PC via the ssh protocol.

Reading the openSUSE concepts page might help you. It has a networking top level description:
Concepts - openSUSE

This is my own total fuzziness muddying the waters again, sadly. I mean that when the desktop is in Suse, the notebook cannot connect to anything. There is no internet access. The network I was referring to was the WLAN setup under XP. When the desktop is in Suse, the notebook is a totally isolated machine.

sounds like you want the SUSE set up as a gateway/server ? for filesharing/internet sharing ? is this correct ?


I’m still trying to understand this, but I think Andy is close to being on the right path …

A question, can your desktop PC, when running openSUSE, access the internet via your Belkin router?

I honestly don’t know. All I know is that when I look at the back of my PC, the ethernet cable from my ADSL modem is no longer plugged into my PC, but into the Belkin wireless router, and it’s the Belkin’s ethernet cable that’s plugged into the PC. I am online in 11.0 RC2 right now, and have not had any trouble going online with either RC1 or 2. I must apologise again for the depths of my ignorance, but up until a week ago, I’ve only ever had 1 PC, so never bothered to learn about networking, despite having been using Linux for around 7 years.

Here’s a tutorial for Internet Connection Sharing with either of Suse or Windows as the server (the one connected to the internet) and either Suse or windows as the client (the one connected tot he intenet via the server). Is that what you’re after?
openSUSE ICS: Internet Connection Sharing (Linux IP Masquerading) with Suse or Windows Servers

me thinking

pc with ethernet( windows ) - belkin wireless - adsl modem - internet
notebook ( windows ) - belkin wireless -adsl modem - internet

looks about right ? then when you have the pc working with SuSE connected to internet via above method.and for some reason you cannot get the notebook to connect to the internet when SuSE is running on the pc ? if i’m right, this sounds strange. as the SuSE machine is using ethernet & the notebook wireless ( i presume ? )they should not conflict,unless they are both using the same ip address,e.g. both using or whatever your network uses


You’ve certainly got the configuration spot on, and I’m pleased to see that I’m npot the only one stumped by the problem. The way you describew it is exactly how it is setup, and you’ve also summarised the problem. I will check the IPs, and let you know if that’s the problem.

A million thanks from the non-penal side of the Tasman! That looks like just the sort of tutorial I need. Much obliged!

Non-penal side? I thought we started in 1787 and haven’t stopped since. Oh I get it – you guys are the non-penal side (wuses) :smiley:

Hi Andy, just an amplification … when I read his posts, I interpreted his setup as:

pc with ethernet( windows ) via wired cable - belkin router - adsl modem - internet
notebook ( windows ) - via wireless - belkin router -adsl modem - internet

I agree, it makes no sense that then the Desktop boots to openSUSE, it would block the Notebook’s wireless from functioning with the router.

If it were me, I would try to characterize the network behaviour, to see if it shed some light on this, … ie.

  • Test#1: Desktop PC only running Windoze (notebook OFF) - is Internet access ok?
  • Test#2: Notebook PC only running Windoze (desktop OFF) - is Internet access ok?
  • Test#3: Desktop PC and Notebook PC both running Windoze - is Internet access ok?
  • Test#4: Desktop PC only running Linux (notebook OFF) - is Internet access ok?

Your suggestion that the IP-Address (assigned by the router) should be checked reads like a good suggestion to me.

yep, that’s how i read it & as far as i can tell your tests should determine if it is an ip issue. Failing that, i’m also wondering if it is the ubiquitous windows not releasing the network device on the dual-boot desk-top


Ouch! Sounds like an IP address problem (the notebook wants a specific IP address, which the SuSE setup steals). Check the IP address in both setups (but that is my suspiscion).

That would have been my thinking if it were the network device being hung, but since it’s the laptop not being able to connect at all when the dual-boot desktop is in openSuSE, it smacks of an IP address conflict.

I’ve never heard of a device having different IP addresses when in a different OS (on a LAN, that is) unless that is specifically set (such as a manual address setup, as opposed to DHCP).

if you are not intending for file sharing, just for connecting on internet, you have the same problem i am finding at my work. we have 2 laptops(virtually identical, same laptop, just one has bigger screen). and when my laptop (suse) is connected, the vista won’t connect to the internet, yet when my laptop is not connected, the vista laptop can connect. it is really strange. if this is the problem you have,i will be intrigued to know the reason. since the person with the vista laptop gets annoyed when i log on the internet and boot him off :confused:

  • Test#1: Desktop PC only running Windoze (notebook OFF) - is Internet access ok?YES
  • Test#2: Notebook PC only running Windoze (desktop OFF) - is Internet access ok?YES
  • Test#3: Desktop PC and Notebook PC both running Windoze - is Internet access ok?YES
  • Test#4: Desktop PC only running Linux (notebook OFF) - is Internet access ok?NO

Here are what I hope are the relevant details. To my very untrained eye, they suggest that the IP assignment issue might well be right on the money:

From 11.0RC2: YaST>Network Devices>Network Settings:
IP Address Assigned Using DHCP
Name Server 1:
Name Server 2:
From Vista Home Premium: Control Panel>Network>Details:
IPv4 IP Address:

IPv4 Subnet Mask:

Lease Obtained: Thursday, 12 June 2008 7:39:40 a.m.

Lease Expires: Sunday, 19 July 2144 2:26:18 p.m.

IPv4 Default Gateway:

IPv4 DHCP Server:

IPv4 DNS Servers:,

Forgive my ignorance, but what do I now? If the numbers above do indicate an IP assignment problem, how do I fix it?