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Old 05-03-2009, 01:01 AM   #1
robisonr
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Question Netgear WG511v2 on Fedora 10


I'm trying to install this card on a Presario machine running Fedora 10. I'm fairly sure I need to install ndiswrapper to run the driver (it's a Marvell chipset), but I can't get out of the gate. I downloaded the tar file from Source Forge but when I try to "make" it I get an error message regarding the kernel version. How do I fix this? Or is there an easier way??
 
Old 05-04-2009, 05:03 AM   #2
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You'll probably need to recompile or upgrade your kernel before you'll be able to compile the driver...

However, netgear network hardware is quite well supported natively in current kernels (as far as I know) - have you tried getting it going without any special drivers? I. e. just plug it in, switch on, boot up and see what happens?

If the card is installed, and you have booted up what does

Code:
/sbin/ifconfig
report?

And

Code:
/sbin/lspci
?
 
Old 05-05-2009, 12:28 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I did get it working, but it was not easy. I installed ndiswrapper by adding the repository for it since I couldn't get past the error with the tar file. After a few additional steps I got the interface working. The only weird thing is that if I shut down, in order to open the net I have to open the network and click on any configuration except pcmia (I have usb, ethernet, and pcmia installed). The pcmia then starts and runs fine. I don't have to change anything or save anything for this to work. I don't understand why it works, but I can live with it.
BTW, for others who may read this--netgear uses several chipsets, some of which are supported and some which are not. This one (Marvel) in not, but there was another chipset used in the same device that is. If I had it to do again, I'd buy a compatible chipset card so I could avoid the whole ndiswrapper issue.
 
  


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