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Old 10-22-2004, 12:24 PM   #1
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WiFI PCMCIA Card


Hi,

I just got a WiFI PCMCIA Card and I cannot get it to work under Linux ( mandrake 10 ). It is the "NetVision AM1771 MBW Alchemy".

I have looked all over for a solution. I tried ndiswrapper... but I cannot get anything to work. I also tried "Am1771.tar.bz2" as suggested by someone, but this didn't work either.

Has anybody else had experience with this card or know if drivers exist for it?

Any help would be much aprechiated.

Thanks,
Ted
 
Old 10-22-2004, 01:45 PM   #2
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In linux you need to look at the chipset the card is using to figure out what drivers to use. Have a look at the output of lspci to see what chipset you've got and post the output if you need help figuring out which device is your wireless card.
 
Old 10-23-2004, 03:50 AM   #3
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Hi,
Thanks for the reply, it is much aprechiated.
The output from lspci for the wifi card is:
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"03:00.0 RF controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Am 1771 MBW [Alchemy] (rev 04)"
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Does this help me in finding out which driver i'll need?

Thanks again,
Ted
 
Old 10-23-2004, 05:27 AM   #4
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look on the linuxquestions.org wiki, there are detailed instructions for setting up cards. wiki.linuxquestions.org is where you need to go.

HTH

Alex
 
Old 10-23-2004, 08:58 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by johnston_58
Hi,
Thanks for the reply, it is much aprechiated.
The output from lspci for the wifi card is:
..
"03:00.0 RF controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Am 1771 MBW [Alchemy] (rev 04)"
...

Does this help me in finding out which driver i'll need?
Actually it does help. However, you may not like the answer. From what I can tell, you have a couple of choices. First would be to use the AM1771.tar.bz2 file and try to compile those drivers. However, from the googling I've done, this is not an easy thing to do. There are some people out there claiming success, but this chipset doesn't appear to have good linux support. Also, the once you get the drivers compiled, it looks like they don't work with the standard linux wireless tools and you need to use some web-based interface to configure.

The second option would be to return this card and get one with decent linux support. If you choose this way, spend a little time on the LQO HCL to find some of the better wireless cards.

If you want to try the first option, I'll give you what help I can, but there isn't a lot out there to go from.
 
Old 10-23-2004, 10:42 AM   #6
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Hi,

I have tried the AM1771.tar.bz2 file but had no luck with it.
So looks like i'll be returning the card hopefully.

Thanks again for all the help.

Ted
 
  


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