Installed SL 8. That was a breeze. Unlike most other distro installs I am familiar with, SL did not prompt for Network Settings during installation. This laptop has an Atheros 5K wireless card.
After installation, I could go into Network Settings, add wlan0 as the network interface & configured WEP security settings for this card from the status panel in on the Southeast corner of the screen. This got me a DHCP IP address from my home router. After this, I am unable to do anything with this IP Address - can not even ping the router (192.168.0.1) on the same LAN.
This is NOT the case with wired connection. When I plugged the laptop directly to the router with a CAT5 cable, IP address came right away, worked just fine.
I have tried probably a 50 times configuring and reconfigring wireless security settings, but nothing worked. My laptop previously had a Ubuntu 11 - did not see this problem there. I am switching from Ubuntu for other installation issues - I could never get the media working correctly with Ubuntu (could not even get DVD player going).
I would greatly apprecite some help.
Phoenix, AZ, USA