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Hello, I am new to Linux and have a question on wireless network card installation.
I installed Fedora core 2(2.6.5-1.358 on an i686) on my pentium 2 laptop recently, before switching to the idea of using wireless card, I used Xircom CE3B-100BTX 10/100 ethernet card and everything was fine. I was able to surf the Internet. However, there is one thing puzzles me, during the booting, one message always show up as below:
bringing up loopback interface [ok]
bringing up Xircom_cb device eth0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization [fail]
Despite the error message, after I log on to my system, everything seems fine and when I check the eth0 in the "Network Configuration" windows and using "ifconfig", it is active and nothing seems wrong and I am able to surf the Internet.
I wanted to try out a wireless connection. I took out the Xircom card and slotted in my Linksys wireless-B card((WPC11 v.4) which worked fine under my Windows environment. However, I could not find the corresponding model( not even Linksys brand) under the wireless card selection menu in the "Network Configuration" Windows. I was stuck with this and unable to continue the installation. How can I know that which vendor and model produces wireless cards that have Linux driver? Or do I have to manually install Linux driver onto a particular network card? I try to search the Web for information but all were of no avail. Thank You.
Hello, and welcome to LQ. If you want to do it yourself do a search on LQ (or the LQ HCL) for WPC11+v.4 and we'll show aprox 150 threads.
How can I know that which vendor and model produces wireless cards that have Linux driver?
It all revolves around knowing the chipset. Either look at the package it came in, check your vendors site or see what PCMCIA has loaded with "lspci -vv", "lspci|grep 802.11", "cardctl info" or "dump_cis" command. I think yours uses the Realtek 8180 chipset. So you could then search LQ/LQ-HCL for instructions on how to build the driver and configure it.