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Old 09-24-2005, 03:02 PM   #1
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Unhappy Wireless internet does not work with Mandrake


I have just installed Madrake 10.1 Limited 2005 on my computer, a emachine m5414 with a Broadcom 802.11 wireless card installed internally. The problem is that the internet will not work it seems that the driver is not recognized or not functioning. I have tried to use ndiswrapper but I do not understand how to make it work. Every time I try to make the wireless work, I am asked for the installation disk but I dont have one or know what that is. My only source of internet is wirelessly. So I hope that someone can help me to get my wireless connection up and running. I am a complete newbie and am totally lost, I tried to find the answers and use ndiswrapper but I am lost. I hope I have described this situation well enough. Any questions I will happily answer. Sorry for the trouble.
Thank you for the assistance.
 
Old 09-24-2005, 04:16 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ..

Well, the first thing to do is have a read through some of the installation instructions at the ndiswrapper wiki (see my sig for the link).

What we really need to know is what you've tried, where you've gotten stuck and what errors you see when you get stuck. Details are going to be key to getting this running.
 
Old 09-24-2005, 04:24 PM   #3
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I think you're going to have to use ndiswrapper. The support for broadcom is otherwise not good. I have a broadcom card that works fine with ndiswrapper. It's a little tricky to set up if you're new, but if you follow all the instructions to the letter on the ndiswrapper wiki - which is excellent, you should be able to do it. Also, check out the mandrake forum to see if anyone has any ideas there. I don't run mandrake, so can't help you out there. Setting up ndiswrapper shouldn't be too different from distro to distro.

Good luck
 
Old 09-24-2005, 04:39 PM   #4
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I put the ndiswrapper on my travel drive and tried to install in on Mandrake but it did not do anything. I really dont know what to do. I am having great trouble understanding what your instructions mean. Sorry for the trouble. That is what I have tried so far.
 
Old 09-24-2005, 04:57 PM   #5
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Follow the instructions:

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...p/Installation

You'll feel good when you get it to work, but you're going to have to put some effort in.

Cheers
 
Old 09-24-2005, 06:59 PM   #6
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I do not understand these afore mentioned directions Mat all. Is there an eaiser or simplier way. I am totally confused. Maybe this Mandrake just isn't for me. Thank you,
Sorry for the trouble.
 
Old 09-26-2005, 02:14 AM   #7
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Goto http://easyurpmi.zarb.org and setup access to the software repositories for Mandrake. Then install ndiswrapper through the Mandrake Control Centre (menu->System->Configuration->Packages->Install Software or something like that).

Now you can start in those instructions at the point where it says "Install Windows Driver" http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...p/Installation
 
Old 09-26-2005, 08:58 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by ESARMY
I do not understand these afore mentioned directions Mat all. Is there an eaiser or simplier way. I am totally confused. Maybe this Mandrake just isn't for me. Thank you,
Sorry for the trouble.

Following tkedwards suggestion is probably the easiest, but I would like to make a suggestions. Rather than saying you don't understand at all, it might be helpful to way specifically what you don't understand. That would let us point you in some directions that could make Linux a lot easier to use and understand.
 
Old 09-26-2005, 01:16 PM   #9
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Ndiswrapper, I believe, is a little to complicated for the beginning Linux user. I might suggest Linuxant, it is alot easier to use, however it costs a little money, but might be worth it to get your wireless to work.
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Old 09-26-2005, 02:43 PM   #10
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Ndiswrapper, I believe, is a little to complicated for the beginning Linux user. I might suggest Linuxant, it is alot easier to use, however it costs a little money, but might be worth it to get your wireless to work.
Linuxant
Nonsense. Ndiswrapper is no more difficult or easy to use than Linuxant. If you can type commands at a keyboard, odds are you can get ndiswrapper working. Yes, there are situations where one works and the other doesn't, but it is very hard to spot these beforehand. Besides, many distros aimed at new users have ndiswrapper already installed, it merely needs to be pointed to the Windows drivers. To the best of my knowledge, there is not a single distro with linuxant installed.
 
  


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