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Old 08-27-2008, 07:23 AM   #1
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Unable to configure the network card because the kernel device (eth0, wlan0) is not


Dear linux users
I am a complete linux novise. I am trying to install my wireless internet card. The computer finds it no problem, but says it is "Unable to configure the network card because the kernel device (eth0, wlan0) is not present". I have read similiar posts, but have had no luck in following them.
Please could you provide an idiot's guide to sorting this problem.
I am using open suse 11 with the gnome desktop.
Many thanks
 
Old 08-27-2008, 07:29 AM   #2
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First, you have to know which vendor made the chipset of your card. This will help you with the driver.
If it is a pci card, please post the output of the lspci command.
 
Old 08-27-2008, 07:43 AM   #3
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It is a 88w8335 [Libeitas] 802.11b/g wireless pci card. Does that help?
 
Old 08-27-2008, 08:31 AM   #4
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I believe there is no good linux driver for this card at present (or am I wrong?)
You've got to use the Windows driver with ndiswrapper.
Get the Windows driver, locate the .inf file and do:
ndiswrapper -i driver.inf
modprobe ndiswrapper
ndiswrapper -m
 
Old 08-27-2008, 08:34 AM   #5
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Wait, I was wrong.
According to this mail:
http://lwn.net/Articles/275719/
There is a native linux driver, but I don't know in which state it is.
Which distro are you using?
 
Old 08-27-2008, 08:51 AM   #6
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I'm really sorry I am a complete novise to all this. What do you mean by distro?
As for your previous post I would try to follow it, but Im not sure how! Are they command lines? How to I enter it all?
Sorry for being such an amateur!
 
Old 08-27-2008, 09:37 AM   #7
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Distro is short for distribution name.
And this could be Suse Linux, Ubuntu Linux,
Debian Linux, Mandriva Linux, Fedora etc. etc.

To do a command : Open a terminal window,
gnometerminal, konsole, xterm etc.

Regards
 
Old 08-27-2008, 10:02 AM   #8
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thanks for that
i have tried following the above commands. Although no errors register, nothing seems to happen. Any ideas?
 
Old 08-27-2008, 10:09 AM   #9
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Can you try the iwconfig command and post the result please?
Also, Do you know the name of your distribution? How did you get linux installed on your computer? (CD from a magazine, downloaded from the net, friend installed it for you, bought a computer with linux...)
If it is a CD from a magazine, please tell me what is written on it.
If you downloaded it, please tell me from where.
 
Old 08-27-2008, 10:16 AM   #10
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iwconfig says command not found
if config just goes to next line...nothing happens
im using opensuse11 64bit. Its a dvd i got from the linux shop
 
Old 08-27-2008, 10:19 AM   #11
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i have a driver disk for the wireless card but linux wont run it. I tried installing wine, from the opensuse dvd, but although it installed it im not sure how to use it with the command centre. I also installed ndiswrapper, but same problem as wine.
As for the eth0...i tried ifconfig eth0 up, but nothing seemed to happen
 
Old 08-27-2008, 12:04 PM   #12
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You should try iwconfig as root.
type 'su - root' and put your password.
Then type iwconfig.

eth0 is for wired network. If nothing is connected by wire to your computer, then you don't need to setup eth0.

Also please post the output of:
Quote:
ndiswrapper -l
and
Quote:
dmesg | grep ndiswrapper
And lastly, try this command and tell me what it outputs:
Quote:
modprobe mrv8k

Last edited by Agrouf; 08-27-2008 at 12:08 PM.
 
Old 08-27-2008, 01:34 PM   #13
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ok

iwconfig came back as -

lo no wireless extensions

eth0 no wireless extensions

ndiswrapper - 1 came back as -

install / manage windows drivers for ndiswrapper

-i inffile install driver described by inffile
-a devid driver use installed drive for devid
-r drive remove driver
-l list installed drives
-ma write module alias configuration for all devices
-mi write module install configuration for all devices
-v report version info


dmesg 1 grep ndiswrapper came back as:

usage: dmesg [-c] [-n level] [-s bufsize]


And finally modprobe mrv8k came back as:

module mrv8k not found
 
Old 08-27-2008, 03:21 PM   #14
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Hey guys,
There is something wrong, the sequence to use ndiswrapper is :
locate on your driver cd the XP drivers for your card,
make the ndiswrapper -i your_driver.inf

control by using "ndiswrapper -l"

make a "ndiswrapper -m" to create /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper

modprobe ndiswrapper

dmesg

iwconfig


Now you could see your yourd card.

If you have iwconfig command not found, try a locate iwconfig in the case that the environment PATH doesn't not contain the appropriate path.

If this command is till missing, please install the wireless tools provided with your distro. Now, yum, rpm's and so on are your friends.

Good luck, plug & pray (may it work ;-) )
 
Old 08-27-2008, 03:24 PM   #15
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Take care, I was not able to make my wireless card working (F5D7010 v 7000) under SuSE 11.0.
So, I came back to the previous release 10.3, on which my card works well using the ndiswrapper.
 
  


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