Wireless USB adaptor by XMicro
I am trying to set up internet on my newly installed mandrivia workstation.
XMicro WLAN 11g USB Adapter.
I think it's this one: CAN'T|POST|URL|YET_techtastic.ca/reviews2/xmicro-adapter.html
Linux Mandrake 10.1 (or 10.2) Limited ed. 2005, kernel 2-6-11mdk
It seems that wireless adaptor is not found (in HardDrake I have some unknown device, hanging in the USB slot).
I don't know linux well, so, I'll just list the things that I've tried (none of them has worked):
in GUI mandrakelinux control center:
*) "Set up a new network interface -> wireless -> install from windows drivers"... Some weird characters (chineese?) appear as filenames when I insert my windows drivers cd-rom. No actual files or folders.
*) I tried to "install it manually", but no similar driver was found. I tried some options that follow 802.11b standard, and it didn't output any errors (just quickly opened\closed some windows, and threw me back to beginning of installation).
*) I found some linux drivers at CAN'T|POST|URL|YET_x-micro.com/drv-wlan.htm#XWL11BUZX then I installed the kernel package, and finally ran the make config, and showed where the kernes source is (otherwise it prompted error). It's the first time I use Linux, so I spent almost four hours looking for kernel source, ect... and finally, when I thought everything should be "in place", nothing happened... So I restarted the x-server... nothing happened. So I went to kernel directory, typed "make", it compiled a few files, but then reported a bunch of errors and quit.
Now I am completely stuck. I've wasted half of my day on seemengly simple thing, and I am not even close to understanding what am I supposed to do. Even if you don't know exact solution to my problem, can you give me a hint, on what's phylosophy behind all these complicated driver installation. Should I find some different driver sourcecode and recompile the kernel with it? Is there simple plug-and-play center that would do most of the job for me? Am I guessing correctly that it's a device problem, or rather something is wrong with my internet settings?
Thanks in advance...