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Old 01-31-2005, 09:41 AM   #1
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Install A Dwl-520+ Wireless Card


ok well i am completely new to this whole linux os and i don't know how to do anything on it....i just need help on how to install drivers onto fedora core 3 os...now i have a bunch of packets that have drivers but i don't know which ones to use and which not to....so well i need your help...i am a noob at this...i don't know anything about...if you could just tell me in simple terms how to do it i will be able to figure it out after that....i have some one that will help me if need be but he has never installed a wireless card onto linux...if there is any other info that you need just ask

Biostar m7ncg motherboard
2800+ Processor
768 ram
onboard 64 mb graphics card

thank you for you help and time
 
Old 01-31-2005, 02:40 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ
I have made this card working under Slackware using ndiswrapper, but it will be quite the same for your distro.
First of all you need to install your kernel sources if you haven't done this yet. Use Fedora's package manager for this task (rpm or yum).
Then download ndiswrapper from http://sourceforge.net/projects/ndiswrapper/ Extract it and from the directory that was created run:
Code:
make install
as root. In fact it's better to do the whole job as root since most of these commands need root priviledges.
Copy the WinXP drivers from the CD that came with your card (or just mount the CD) and run:
Code:
ndiswrapper -i /path/to/WinXP/drivers/GPLUS.inf
Of course change "/path/to/WinXP/drivers" with the path to the directory you copied the drivers, or the path to your mounted CD. Mind also that the name of the .inf file might be different and it's case sensitive.
Then run:
Code:
ndiswrapper -l
to see if the driver was loaded. You can also run:
Code:
dmesg
to see in the last lines if the driver was loaded.
If there is no error you can load the module into the kernel:
Code:
modprobe ndiswrapper
Check again with dmesg and if there is no error you will see also the interface assigned to your nic.
Then use Fedora's network tool to configure your card. Perhaps you'll need wireless-tools which you can install with your package manager.
You can take a look at the wireless networking forum in LQ, or do a search since there are lots of questions avout ndiswrapper.
Here is the installation guide for ndiswrapper. If you have any question just post it here so we can help you.

Good luck.
 
Old 01-31-2005, 04:51 PM   #3
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ok well i have the files on my computer what should i do now...i know nothing of what your talking about....i have never used linux before but from what i hear it is so much better than windows and i would rather like an open source os...after i learn more about it i will be able to change what i like...

i'm really sry that i am probably being really bad at this but i don't understand...i am going to have to bring my computer to school and have this kid i know teach me how to do this if i can't understand from you....i'm pretty sure i know what your telling me but doing it i don't know how to do...

i don't know what you mean by install the kernel and i don't know what the packate manager is...i think the manager is the thing that comes up when i right click on the file...

i don't know who to run make install....or how to run ndiswrapper -i /path/to/WinXP/drivers/GPLUS.inf
 
Old 02-01-2005, 09:05 AM   #4
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Dude....don't be such a n00b!! Get on Teamspeak with me tonight and ask me the questions!! LOL I can't believe you didn't ask me to begin with. I said I'd call you so you could reboot into Linux and I could help you walk through everything.

I didn't know you were coming to the Linux forums seeking help when I made a help section on snipersnest.com for us to use

From the info he posted for you I can help you from there. We'll give it a go and post back with news on how it goes...
 
Old 02-01-2005, 11:14 AM   #5
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lol butters....yea but i didn't want to bother you with such stupid question...i mean if i couldn't get it done then i would have but these seem like such simple things to do so figured i might as well try mself and then ask you...lol...that was weird to look and find you replied to my post
 
Old 02-01-2005, 12:35 PM   #6
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lol I get a great deal of help here...I've been taking what I learn from others and doing my best to help out. I guess you could say I have a goal my goal is to help people get Linux going no matter what distro so they don't have to return to Windows. I don't want people to be like I was the first time I installed Linux.I was confused and upset that things didn't work and didn't know anything on how to fix them.

I've found the Linux drivers for your wireless card already...but we'll try the other guys way as well as the *nix drivers I found. He way seems ALOT easier than using the Linux drivers.

So get with me tonight on Teamspeak and I'll help you out.
 
Old 02-01-2005, 12:43 PM   #7
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ok well i can't tonight seeing as how i have to work until like 10 so i won't have time...... but wensday i can after 8:30 becaues i get out of work then.....and i have the driver for my wireless card and i have the ndis wrapper on linux already...i can't wait to get linux going because then i won't return to windows...i really really hate windows...i'm so tired of it...yes its a good set up but i don't like it its boring now
 
  


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