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Old 08-23-2005, 03:50 AM   #1
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How to get my wifi card to work?


Today I installed Ubuntu 5.04 (AMD64) next to Windows XP Home to make a dual-boot system. I have a Belkin 802.11g Desktop Card (part no. F5D7000) in this PC, and after getting it working in Windows, I want to install it in Ubuntu, I have Googled "F5D7000 Linux". I've tried a few of the solutions, but, being a newbie, I have become stuck.

It would be fanastic if someone could do the same search, look at the results, and write a concise, newbie-friendly guide on what to do. Many thanks in advance.

//GB
 
Old 08-23-2005, 05:57 AM   #2
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I also have this card, but I don't use Ubuntu. The first thing you need to do is download and install NdisWrapper. There are installation instructions for that here. There is a bit where it tells you to use lspci to identify your card (read the page, you'll see what I mean). If you find the PCI ID for your card is 1814:0201, then use the RaLink drivers here. These are the ones that worked for my card, but you might have a different revision, so check the list that's referred to on that page. That page also has some info about configuring the interface, so read it through. As far as getting your wireless up and running every time you boot, that's something I can't help you with as I don't use Ubuntu and it's different for Slackware. This is a start for you at least .
 
Old 08-23-2005, 09:10 AM   #3
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how do you get your wifi card to boot every time in slackware 10.1 i can't figure that out
 
Old 08-23-2005, 09:17 AM   #4
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how do you get your wifi card to boot every time in slackware 10.1 i can't figure that out
Read the bottom of this, where it starts, "Open /etc/rc.d/rc.wireless.conf". That's how I got mine working . Edit: you will of course have to change that file to edit your setup, ie. change the ESSID and CHANNEL (and INFO too, but I don't think that's as important) to match whatever you're using.

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Old 08-23-2005, 09:23 AM   #5
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thankx
 
Old 08-23-2005, 11:43 AM   #6
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Part way there

I'm getting towards installing ndiswrapper, and I'm stuck.

I downloaded the source and extracted it. Then the instructions say:

Quote:
Installation

Compile and install

Go to source-directory and do

make distclean

As root run

make

and then

make install
I'm guessed that source-directory was ndiswrapper-1.2 and then did make distclean, which I think worked. Now what does "As root run" mean? I told you I was a newbie.

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Old 08-23-2005, 11:49 AM   #7
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As root means you type "su" (without the quotes) and then your root password when prompted. You should see the prompt change from "$" to "#". They might have fixed it, but when I tried to use that version of NdisWrapper, it didn't work (something in the code was broken), so I had to use an older one (just so you know, in case you get errors when you run make).
 
Old 08-23-2005, 02:40 PM   #8
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Firstly i tried "su", input my password, and it didn't accept it. Luckily I found Root Terminal in the menus and used that. I tried 1.1, and that failed on make as well. Both attempts gave an error message "Could not find kernel sources..." I don't have the full message because I discovered I can't write to my partition for sharing files between Linux and Windows because it's owner is root. How can I write to this partition? Is the problem with ndiswrapper or Ubuntu?
 
Old 08-23-2005, 02:48 PM   #9
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Ah, I didn't realise Ubuntu doesn't let you use "su" :/. The problem is that you don't have the source code for the kernel installed. Have a look in Synaptic (I think that's what Ubuntu uses, not sure) for packages beginning with "kernel" (it could be "kernel-source-<version>", but I'm not sure as this might be Slackware specific) and install them, if they aren't already.

As far as writing to your partition, you could either change the owner of it, or simply use chmod to add read/write permissions for everyone. Say your partition was mounted on /mnt/shared, you would use (as root):

chmod a+rw -R /mnt/shared

HTH. Edit: I'm not sure if you need the -R flag there, maybe try without and see if it works.

Edit again: if you want more info, try "man chmod" and also read this.

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