Can't connect with wifi or modem

Derek Broughton news at
Sat Jul 7 02:50:36 BST 2007

Edward Meeker wrote:

> I am using an Avertec laptop and when I try to connect the wifi it finds
> the connection but when activating it it stalls at 28% and then shuts off
> after a couple of minutes.

28%, ime, means it didn't find a DHCP server.  Try "sudo dhclient eth1" (or
whatever your interface is actually called).

> I also cannot use the internal modem, a motorola sm56.

sm = "smart modem".  ie, it requires windows drivers to actually function as
a modem.  It's possible there's a linux driver for it, but don't count on

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