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Old 07-03-2011, 04:38 AM   #1
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Newbie stuck getting WiFi PCMCIA card to work on Zenwalk 7.0


Hi all, plea for help from a complete Linux newbie.
I've installed Zenwalk 7.0 on an IBM Thinkpad T20, and it's great, runs soooo much faster than Windows, never crashes, and looks good too !
However, I can only run from a wired connection because I just cannot get my WiFi PCMCIA card to work. The card is a Linksys WPC54G v.5, and I'm confident it works as it works fine in a Windows XP laptop I have.
What I've done so far is download the Windows drivers (WPC54Gv5.zip), unzipped the whole lot into a directory, launched and run Ndiswrapper, which seems to have worked fine because lsbcmnds is listed as a currently installed Ndiswrapper driver, but it says 'Hardware present: No' even though the card is installed,
So, I guess there's more to it than that - do I need to start any extra services, and/or edit any config files ? Or install something else, or run some other program ?
Any help would be massively appreciated, as if I can get this working on WiFi then my Linux experience would be complete ! But please bear in mind with any replies, I am a complete Linux novice, so even things like opening and editing files, navigating the file system and installing programs is a 'voyage of discovery', so please can any advice be put in the simplest most basic step by step terms !
 
Old 07-03-2011, 04:57 AM   #2
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To be able to help you we need to know which chipset that wireless-card uses. To get that information you have to open a terminal. You should find that in your menu, either named Terminal or Shell, I don't know for sure for Zenwalk.
Open that, type in the command
Code:
lspci
and post the output here.
 
Old 07-04-2011, 02:59 PM   #3
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Thanks, I ran the command, numerous things listed, but this is the relevant one I think:

02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvel Technology Group Ltd. 88w8335 [Libertas] 802.11b/g Wireless (rev 03)

I've googled 88w8335 [Libertas] but that threw up a flood of possibles, which I couldn't really make head or tail of !
 
Old 07-04-2011, 03:08 PM   #4
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Sorry, i have absolutely no experience with Marvell cards, so I can't help any further.
 
Old 07-04-2011, 06:20 PM   #5
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No worries, problem sorted, here's my resolution posted on the Zenwalk forum:

http://support.zenwalk.org/viewtopic...148213#p148213

Thanks for your help anyway
 
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