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Old 12-17-2003, 07:39 PM   #1
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network card setup


I'm really, really new to this and before I get too discouraged I decided to come here for some help.
I'm trying to get my Microsoft MN-520 wireless card setup and working with Slack 9.1. I've done all the reading and searching for answers that I can and I'm getting nowhere with it.
Where do I find drivers (I'll gladly buy a new router and network card if necessary), how do I know what files should be configured for network cards, how do I learn all of this??? It's a lot harder than I expected but fortunately for me I'm still enjoying it and looking forward to being proficient.

Any help is greatly appreciated. If more information is needed, let me know.

Thanks!!
 
Old 12-17-2003, 08:34 PM   #2
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Vincent_Vega,

Try some googling for you card and see if there have been linux or binary drivers released. Some cards are just wacky.

I have a few D-link cards, and D-link is a big manufacturer. Well, for the cards I have.. the chip manufacturer won't release the specs for someone to write real drivers. There's a sourceforge project that wrote drivers, but they're not included in any distro I've seen (yet).

Search for the card, and look for the module that corresponds to your card. You can do a lsmod to see if it is installed and inserted when your box is booted, otherwise if available you can download and make / install the drivers.

If the module is installed and inserted into the kernel there are a few things you can do..

1. Ping.. open a terminal and type ping (router's IP if you have one, or a web address). A returned ping from your router shows you have a connection to your router, but maybe it's not routing the packets out to the internet. If you can ping your router, and ping a webpage (try www.yahoo.com) then you should be good to go. If it isn't routing out of your router properly to the internet you can type "route add default gw (router's IP address) wlan0".

2. iwconfig... once the card is in, and the modules made and installed then you should be able to bring up your settings by typing iwconfig or iwconfig wlan0.

There's a bit of the info you might need.

Step 1 is to find out what module runs the card and see if you have it running or not.
 
Old 12-17-2003, 08:39 PM   #3
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Ooh. and by google, I mean www.google.com/linux
 
Old 12-17-2003, 11:40 PM   #4
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Hey, just the www.google/linux info is great! I didn't know about that but it will probably come in handy from here on out! I'll do a search and see what I can come up with. Thanks!!
 
Old 12-19-2003, 06:16 PM   #5
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Problem resolved. Had to edit the /etc/pcmcia/config file.
Thanks!
 
  


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