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Personally, I have taken a liking to Fedora Core 6, as it has been on my desktop pc for a while. Recently, I decided to add it to my laptop too. The problem is neither my ethernet or wireless card was detected. This means that it is without internet.

Now, I know that it is possible to add them, however, it would be very time consuming and frustrating to find the dependicies on windows, and transfer them via usb to fedora.

Instead, I am asking you guys if you know a distro which will work out of the box for either of these two hardware devices (preferably the realtek one):

Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
Realtek RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet


Any suggustions?
 
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It's hard to say, unless someone who actually has that hardware strolls through here. You may just have to experiment. My advice would be to try Ubuntu or OpenSuSE. Both are pretty much "automagic" when it comes to hardware. However, you can also check here for further info about your particular hardware:

http://www.linuxcompatible.org/compatibility.html

Luck!
 

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ok, I will experiment with ubuntu. Hopefully something will be detected. I really hope for the ethernet, since I dont have a wireless router and I would need to work from school.
 
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I have a realtek in my laptop and it works in Ubuntu. As for the wireless card, Intel is fairly well supported, so I'm kind of shocked, but try a live CD of Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy. It has the most comprehensive mobile Linux support I've seen yet.
 

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Ok, I tried again in fedora core (after a re-instalaiton with more software this time) and I have the ethernet up and running. Looks like I will keep my Fedora Core 6 :D
 
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probably a wise choice. i have an Intel pro wireless 3945 ABg and I have been unable to get it to work in either Ubuntu or Mint Linux.
 

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Just for the record, I now have both wired and wireless fully working :D. However, its kinda tedious to connect to a network. First I need to manually enter the SSID and the encryption key(Using the kde wifi manager). Then click "activate". Then from system-control-network, I click on the activate button for the wireless connection. While its trying to get an IP, I click "activate" back at the wifi manager, and voila, its up and running.
 
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