Locked out in Linux Posted June 24, 2012 · Edited June 24, 2012 by KurtBleach Thank you all for your replies. adam22: I honestly never made it to the partitioning part. However, when I ran the firmware test on the SUSE disc, it showed 2 fails - HPET config failed, and BIOS does not support EDD. I'm certainly light-years away from geekhood, but could I be correct to assume that these faults caused the SUSE disc to overwrite my Windows partition? Bruce: My PC now is not a tower PC (and here I must again express my gratitude for the time you were so gracious as to call me at my old residence and talk me through installing more RAM and, I think, a sound card). This PC is a COMPAQ Evo, it's a little thing smaller than a VCR. I'm not even sure I have an ethernet card. The network connection options the SUSE disc gives me are as follows - eth0: Intel 82801DB PRO/100 VM (LOM) Ethernet Controller, and wlan0: ZyXEL G-220 (the dongle - funny word). Here's the deal. My PC is not at all directly cabled to the router. I won't go into the boring details (I'll just quote Cheech and Chong and say things are tough all over), but I had to move out of my old crib and now just rent a room. The router is in the dining room of the house (ESSID and WPA2 key are indeed on the side of it - thanks, Adam) and the only cable to my room goes to the set-top box connected to my TV. Evidently the dongle receives from the router and sends to the ethernet controller, which is how I was able to go online. The PC was a gift from my brother, who once he found out I was getting FIOS came to my place (ha freakin ha) and set the whole thing up, since I was at work at the time. So, obviously, I have no clue of why it's set up like this. So, to sum it all up, my Penguin amigos - if the kernel cannot recognize my wireless connection, I have no choice but to donate 200-some dollars to Mr. Gates at his beautiful mansion in Redmond (since both Best Buy and Staples only carry Windows 7), unless I can luck into some local mom-and-pop place or local lone wolf computer person who can actually sell me the real physical SUSE installation discs. Somewhere in the original thread where I first posted (I can't find it) someone posted that if I actually had SUSE installed there's a command that I could use to load the ZYXEL driver and get connected. OK, that's it, thanks again to all. I tried to come back to Linux, but I guess it just ain't happening. Peace. P.S. @ adam22 - Open your mind? New Jersey? You wouldn't happen to be a DJ at TSR, would you?