View Full Version : [gnome] Dad gum USB done broke dang it

January 21st, 2009, 07:41 AM

I was having problems with my IBM x-30 running Mint elyssa (based on Hardy) connecting to secured (mint was the only distro to work ",no WEP/unsecured, out of: FC8, debian,suse,ubuntu,kubuntu....this prism chip is old, fussy and unsupported) wirless hotspots, so took various posts suggesting WICD was "it" and uninstalled gnome network mgr and installed wicd.

During the manual uninstall of gnome network manager*GNM (duh) I lost all networking support which was needed to add wicd using synaptic. So, I downloaded the network manager to a usb, put GNM back on the IBM and it worked wired, and could smell the secured hotspot nearby OK. I then used synaptic to install wicd (correctly letting IT do the uninstall of network manager) and wicd installed fine. Once installed wicd didn't see my prism card as eth1 at all, and would not allow eth0, the wired ethernet, to connect to my network (it had been connecting OK under GNM). During the Wicd uninstall I did see a message saying something which was unnecessary couldn't be removed, sorry I don't know what exactly, but the uninstall finished successfully.

So I uninstalled wicd and now I have no USB or networking, so I can't even use the copy of gnome manger I have on my USB stick to get everything back online at least wired. I have no repositories cached locally, and this IBM has no CD/DVD ROM.

What exactly should/can I do to reestablish USB connectivity, or what step should I post here to help begin to diagnose or to fix this problem? I did try to use the recovery mode, but it also could not get network connectivity. I need detailed instructions....sorry. This sort of thing is way above my pay grade. I have no option to downlod and do a fresh install as I am in holiday in Malaysia and the net cafe won't allow it and it says it's take 10 hours to get a copy. I am going to try to dl feather linux and try to get it on a usb (pendrivelinux).

January 21st, 2009, 07:45 AM
As far as getting back on wired you should be able to use dhclient

sudo dhclient eth0

January 22nd, 2009, 05:18 PM
Thanks, I'm back online and back to where I started!