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By michaeljsmalley at 2005-11-27 19:40
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Belkin F5D7000 in Ubuntu Linux 5.10, "Breezy Badger": The DEFINITIVE WORKING setup guide for those who thought it wasn't possible
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BY: Mike, a newbie who is in his infancy with Linux, and got lucky, and decided to share the knowledge so others could get online with Linux.
UltimatePC@comcast.net

Do the following to enable the Belkin F5D7000 wireless network card in Ubuntu Linux 5.10 "Breezy Badger", and probably later versions as well of the Ubuntu distribution.

1. Download the Dell bcmwl5a.inf files online. I found them under the filename:

R74092us.EXE

What is nice about this .EXE file is that you can actually open it as a .ZIP file and extract its contents to any folder you want. Do that, and then make a note of where you extracted it to.

You will need this directory in Step 3. The driver file that makes this all come together nicely and enables your network card should be located in the extracted directory in a folder called "AR".

2. Open the console (click Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal)

3. In the new terminal window, type:

sudo ndiswrapper -i <path to the driver, bcmwl5a.inf>

EXAMPLE:
sudo ndiswrapper -i /home/michael/Desktop/dellwirelessdrivers/AR/bcmwl5a.inf

4. This should display the a message along the lines of "Installing bcmwl5a", as well as other messages such as "Forcing parameter IBSSGMode|0 to IBSSGMOde|2". This is normal. This is good.

5. Check to see if the installation completed as it should by typing:

sudo ndiswrapper -l

6. This should display the message "Installed ndis drivers: bcmwl5a driver present, hardware present"

7. Now type:

sudo ndiswrapper -m

8. And type:

sudo ndiswrapper -hotplug

9. Once more type:

sudo ndiswrapper -m

10. Finally, type:

sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

Your Belkin F5D7000 card is now installed.

This should enable you to see and configure your wireless card in System->Administration->Networking

You will need to go to that window to tell Linux how you connect to your router, as well as "Activate" the connection by clicking Activate after choosing "wlan0".

NOW, ONE FINAL STEP:
ENJOY YOUR WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTION!

by erikfarley on Sun, 2006-04-09 23:56
Thanks, Michael. Your guide saved me a ton of time and effort. I'll keep it short - this script worked on a new-in-box Belkin F5D7000 card being loaded into an old P-II PC running SuSE 10.0. I just used the driver on the CD, which had a similar but not identical name. When done, in the SuSE config tool, I changed the module name from "ath_pci" (automatically assigned, but didn't work) to "ndiswrapper".

by ikegreg40906 on Sat, 2007-01-06 21:07
WHEN I DOWNLOAD THE FILE R74092us.EXE TO MY WINDOWN XP HARD DRIVE, HOW DO I TRANSFER IT TO MY OTHER HARD DRIVE WITH UBUNTU INSTALLED? DO I NEED TO PUT THE FILE ON A DISK AND TRANFER IT LIKE THAT?

by UhhMaybe on Fri, 2007-05-04 00:15
To get two Linux Boxes to communicate use "NFS". To get Linux to communicate with M$Windows, use "Samba". To get M$Windows to communicate with M$Windows, use "NetBios over TCP/IP".

by dbwyatt on Tue, 2008-05-13 15:06
Very Very new to Linux, built the computer myself (not bad for a 57 year old disabled nurse) but I've always hated hated windows. I think I have Suse 10 loaded, but was thinking about switching to the latest ubantu version, would this work with that?? Why use a Dell file?? Can I copy the file to a cd?? Don't know any command line, DOS was a long time ago....so wish me luck. Dorothy


  



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