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Old 06-11-2005, 10:49 PM   #1
bcage
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which PCMCIA wireless card?


I am just picking up Linux and I have been playing with Fedora core 3 distro on an IBM 600E laptop. I can't for the life of me get wireless networking going. Luckily I have a hard ethernet connection in my home office that I have been able to use for now, but I like to get out of the office and roam a bit.

The card I have is a Dell TrueMobile 1300 PCMCIA. I have tried all I know to try to get that thing working to no avail. Now, I figured I would go the other way and just ask the question... which PCMCIA wireless card should I use if I am going to use Linux? I would even be willing to swap distributions if a particular distribution and card were known to be rock solid. I went through some of the hardware lists and they were not as obvious as I would have liked.

Any suggestions out there?
 
Old 06-11-2005, 10:55 PM   #2
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ndiswrapper can fix you right up!

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/p...p/Installation
 
Old 06-12-2005, 08:44 AM   #3
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Thanks, I went partially down that path with a different set of instructions that I found... got tangled up and hit a dead-end. These instructions look much better. I am concerned, however, since I found a different post that warned that ndiswrapper would probably not work with an XP driver specifically on core 3. Something to do with the number of stacks available in the kernel and that this could not be changed on FC3. It was stated that this particular problem was remediated in FC4.

At that point, I decided to go the opposite direction... just find a card that is known to work and buy it. I have trolled through a number of the hardware compatibility lists for the various distributions, without getting a clear picture. If there is someone out there that is using a wireless PCMCIA LAN card with Linux that had the drivers either built in or easily accessible, let me know.

Thanks for all your help.
 
Old 06-15-2005, 12:09 PM   #4
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working wireless card

i use an airlink card AWLC4030 on xandros 3. it worked out of box and is better than
wireless g, it is what they call a super g.
 
Old 06-15-2005, 07:03 PM   #5
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Thanks. Any idea whether Fedora core3 would also work with this card out of the box?
 
  


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