I have a pc Dell Pentium 4 HT (dual processor) 2.8 GHz, so called SMP-processor.
I am using SuSe 10.0 for a while with serialmonkey-drivers or suse-drivers for 2 different usb-cards:
rt2500usb for a linksys card
rt73usb for a D-Link card
The cards/drivers did not work in the beginning on the SMP-processor, so I changed the default kernel (smp-kernel) to single-kernel using the default 32bits susekernel.
From then on both cards worked very good in suse 10.0 in default-kernel with defaultdrivers or serialmonkey-drivers
Now I want to upgrade to openSUSE 11.0, which I can download as 32 or 64 bit-versions.
But I still want to use the same cards, so if possible the default drivers that come with the suse-kernel.
What is the best thing to do: 32 or 64 bit or am I messing up things about SMP-kernels and 32/64 bits…and how about this on the drivers at the moment ??
I am not a kernel-geek, so please I would like default-distro-kernels
> Hi all,
> I have a pc Dell Pentium 4 HT (dual processor) 2.8 GHz, so called
> I am using SuSe 10.0 for a while with serialmonkey-drivers or
> suse-drivers for 2 different usb-cards:
> rt2500usb for a linksys card
> rt73usb for a D-Link card
> The cards/drivers did not work in the beginning on the SMP-processor,
> so I changed the default kernel (smp-kernel) to single-kernel using
> the default 32bits susekernel.
> From then on both cards worked very good in suse 10.0 in
> default-kernel with defaultdrivers or serialmonkey-drivers
> Now I want to upgrade to openSUSE 11.0, which I can download as 32 or
> 64 bit-versions.
> But I still want to use the same cards, so if possible the default
> drivers that come with the suse-kernel.
> What is the best thing to do: 32 or 64 bit or am I messing up things
> about SMP-kernels and 32/64 bits…and how about this on the drivers
> at the moment ??
> I am not a kernel-geek, so please I would like default-distro-kernels
The P4 HT is a 32 bit processor with a pseudo second core, hence the
smp version is installed. If you don’t want to use the smp kernel I
would think you need to disable the HT in the BIOS. I would let 11.0
install the default smp one and see how it goes first.
And how exactly does one go about using online repositories without a network connection?
Seriously, wireless networking support (especially using Ralink-based cards) was SERIOUSLY damaged in the 11.0 release (and, apparently in every other distro based on the 2.6.25 kernel) and that is unacceptable. If a new kernel breaks support for VERY common hardware, it SHOULD NOT BE USED. Massive regressions in support for critical hardware like network cards are unacceptable and I’m ashamed that the openSUSE team (and, for that matter, the Linux kernel team) can’t see that. While telling people to use drivers backported from the current “development” kernel can solve some problems for some people, it is unacceptable, as it requires access to things (such as a wired internet connection) that the people asking the question might not have. Why these huge bugs weren’t caught in beta and seen as release-blockers by either the kernel team or the openSUSE team is beyond me, but it really annoys me and I let down by the whole thing.
Well, not much of luck here I am afraid.
Maybe because of the changes made in the bios (disabling HT) I could try to start installing all over again…but will it be any good ?
mjkerpan has a point as far as my experience goes that only Ubuntu or derivates (Kubuntu/Xubuntu) works out-off-the-box regarding my wireless cards…I should think that SUSE (my favorit distro) could do that, but suse cannot touch this, even not with 11.0
Well, I made a workaround to connect to the internet by using another linuxbox acting as gateway for my openSUSE11-machine en let it communicate thru a lan-cable.
First I let run updates and added some repositories as sefk told me. (By the way the mentioned packages were already present and up to date)
Still I cannot get one of the cards working, while I use the same method as in Suse10.0.
The cards are recognised in hardware and also load some drivers, also iwconfig and ifconfig give some normal details but things will not connect or at least start sending/receiving.
After installing cards in YAST I use a shell to do:
I’m also having the same problem with my rt2500usb adapter which I got working on Ubuntu by manually configuring it + by using ndiswrapper. But what I find weird is that my adapter was able to connect to a non-secured connection via the LiveCD and not on the installed version… And my secured wireless connection was found the first time I ran the LiveCD and now it doesn’t show up anymore, not on the LiveCD, nor on the installed OS…
I’ve tried installing ndiswrapper on openSUSE but it keeps saying the “command is not found”… This might be because I didn’t install the wireless-tools package before so I’ll try again.
Another weird thing: now I’m on a fresh installation of OpenSUSE and now I’m able to connect to my secured wireless network… OpenSUSE keeps suprising me, I hope that this connection will remain and be stable.