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Old 05-01-2008, 02:52 PM   #1
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Wireless on Dell Latitude X300


I want to install WLAN access on a DEll Latitude X300. The NIC is Intel 2915ABG.

Does anyone know where I can find the INF file on the Windows partition? I don not have an install CD, as everything was preinstalled.

Thanks!
 
Old 05-01-2008, 03:16 PM   #2
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Could just download the driver from intel, or Dells website and extract the files you need....

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/filt...4&submit=Go%21
 
Old 05-01-2008, 05:16 PM   #3
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Could just download the driver from intel, or Dells website and extract the files you need....
Thanks. I've done that. But the tricky part is "extract the files you need". There are 4 drivers in the package:

NETW4x64.INF
NETW4k32.INF
NETW4x32.INF
W29n51.INF

How do I know which one is suitable? Or can I just try them all without any risk?
 
Old 05-02-2008, 09:52 AM   #4
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I would look inside the inf file, they are just text files after all..

netw4x64.inf is probably for 64 bit windows.. the others are probably for windows XP, windows 2000, and windows 95/96/ME

I believe you are looking for the one for Windows XP
 
Old 05-02-2008, 10:19 AM   #5
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I would look inside the inf file, they are just text files after all..
You were absolutely right. But, this does not help me further. ndsiwrapper answers: "No device supporting the NETW4k32 ndiswrapper driver is present".

Not a piece of cake for a newbie ...
 
Old 05-02-2008, 10:25 AM   #6
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"No device supporting the NETW4k32 ndiswrapper driver is present".
I've Googled this phrase, and found 1 person who had the same problem. He was told: "to "blacklist" te wifi kernel module that's loading. (and reboot to clear it)"

Could someone translate this in newbie language? Thanks!

Last edited by paulpeer; 05-02-2008 at 11:58 AM. Reason: typo
 
Old 05-02-2008, 08:45 PM   #7
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personally I hate having to use ndiswrapper, so I avoid it like the plague.

I would scrap ndiswrapper and give the Intel Linux driver a shot...
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Driver for Linux
an open source 802.11a/bg driver for the ipw2200 and ipw2915
 
Old 05-03-2008, 05:14 PM   #8
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I would scrap ndiswrapper and give the Intel Linux driver a shot...
Thanks for trying to help me out, but I've read the INSTALL file and it seems a little too complicated for a newbie. I'll try to find a specialist to do the job.

But what puzzles me, is that Mandriva Flash (a small version on a USB-stick) has the driver on board and gave me a connection from the first moment. And the plain Mandriva version 3 cd's big, doesn't have it and requires all kind of hocus pocus to build a wireless connection. Can someone understand this?
 
Old 05-04-2008, 09:04 PM   #9
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I think you should go back to using Windows. Then you won't have to feel like a newbie and have to read complicated stuff on the internet.
 
Old 05-05-2008, 01:22 AM   #10
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I think you should go back to using Windows. Then you won't have to feel like a newbie and have to read complicated stuff on the internet.
Thank you, this answer is really helpful.
 
Old 05-05-2008, 10:18 PM   #11
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I think you should go back to using Windows. Then you won't have to feel like a newbie and have to read complicated stuff on the internet.
That was pretty rude and un-called for. If you don't have anything constructive to add, go somewhere else. It's not like people come here because they already KNOW what they are doing, and he certainly wasn't asking to be spoon fed.

Thanks for being one of 'those people' that gives the community a black eye.

Now why don't you just get back on your high horse and ride off into the sunset.. your work here is done.
 
Old 05-06-2008, 12:39 AM   #12
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Thanks for supporting me. I've been using Unix for 30 years now. So I don't think I'm completely stupid. But in my complete Unix carreer I never had to recompile the kernel, which seems to be necessary, afaiu, in order to install this wireless driver ... Or is recompiling a piece of cake which one should not be afraid of?
 
Old 05-06-2008, 12:56 AM   #13
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If your card is Intel 2915A/b/g....
Did you try the W29n15.INF.

And as far as kernel recompiling is concerned, it might not be a piece of cake for someone who has never done it. But with 30 years of experience with Unix, you should not have much of a problem with some online documentation.
Probably, you can do it with more ease than you guess.
 
Old 05-06-2008, 01:06 AM   #14
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If your card is Intel 2915A/b/g....
Did you try the W29n15.INF.
No, there is not such a driver at the Intel download site ...
 
Old 05-06-2008, 05:36 AM   #15
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Check the website www.intellinuxwireless.org.
May be you will find a suitable driver for your Dell.
 
  


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