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Old 12-03-2007, 09:56 AM   #1
bkzhellrell
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Lightbulb Wirless Connection


I am newbie yes lol but i have a quick question just installed fedora 8 core and realized there was no setup for wirless. Im kinda new at linux and was wondering if anyone new how to install ndiswrapper without internet connection. I have it on my desktop and i was wondering if it were possible to install it from there through terminal, I have the drivers for my internal wireless card but not sure on how to go about installing that after ndiswrapper is instal thats on my desktop too
 
Old 12-03-2007, 11:38 AM   #2
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What kind of wireless card do you have. Fedora 8 has support form many cards. It may be that you are using a card that uses a broadcom chip and you need to download and install the firmware (it can't be distributed bundled with Fedora for legal reasons). After you boot your computer, run the command, "dmesg". It will tell you what is going on when you boot, and if there is a problem with one of your modules being loaded. I know in the case of the broadcom chips that it will point you to a webpage that you can download the firmware for it and other cards. Also, ndiswrapper can be a pain to configure.

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Old 12-03-2007, 09:58 PM   #3
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Same Problem -- Fedora 8

Hello, on the same lines, I have a Thinkpad T40 with Intel(R) Pro/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter. What do I have to do to get my wireless working with Fedora 8.0?
 
Old 12-04-2007, 12:06 AM   #4
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forrestt,

Your advice here is probably the easiest and most sound way to go: If you can find your hw's specific driver in your distro, then by all means use that.

nav123 and bkzhellrell:

For those who have hw not supported by the distro, ndiswrapper lets you use your windows driver from linux. First, do you have both windows and linux on your laptop? If so and you've already got your wireless setup in windows, you're halfway there. If not then you need to download the windows driver for your wireless card as well as ndiswrapper. you can find ndiswrapper's latest and greatest versions on sourceforge here: http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/joomla/.

After you have the driver and ndiswrapper, put them on a USB stick/floppy/CD/whatever and put that on your linux sys. its easiest to do this from the Konsole:

change to the directory with the ndiswrapper tarball in it, and type this command:

tar -xfz ndiswrapper.tar.gz

where ndiswrapper.tar.gz is the name of the tarball ndiswrapper came in. change to the directory that the tar command just created for you, and type

make
make install

this will compile ndiswrapper from source and get it installed on your rig. now the interesting part of this whole deal. find the folder that contains your windows driver and locate the .inf file. change to that directory and type

ndiswrapper -i drivername.inf

this installs your driver to the computer. now, you should have functionality from your wireless card. if not, check the KWifiManager (or whichever wireless manager you prefer) to make sure your network settings are set, and go for it. if you still run into problems be sure to make sure your firewall is configged properly (/etc/hosts.allow and /etc/hosts.deny are good places to start), and that you're dhcp server is set (use dhcpcd wirelessCard).
 
Old 12-05-2007, 01:08 PM   #5
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ok i got all of the programs and drivers now im a fresh on Fedora so maybe a link to how to run applications would help because i have the ndiswrapper.tar.gz file on my desktop just need to get it installed and use it with the driver for my wirless card
 
  


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