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Old 03-30-2009, 04:25 PM   #1
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F9 and RTL2500 wireless -|Working card, but can't get an IP add

Hello Everyone,

I have an auxilliary laptop that I use with F9 installed. I had been using wireless just fine using ndiswrapper and an old Marvell card. A friend needed a wireless card, so I gave her the Marvell card because I had a spare Belkin card with a RTL2500 chipset which has been supported in the Linux kernel for a long time. Didn't anticipate any problem getting in working. In fact the card works fine, as the my home network is recognized by Network Manager (I can see it in the drop down list with a good strong signal).

However, when I attempt to connect, it disconnects after a long try. During boot up and loading the RTL2500 driver, I get an error that says the bit rate could not be set with an error. It fails to get an IP address.

I have uninstalled ndiswrapper (not needed) and used sys-config-network to set it up with DHCP, but to no avail. I have tried from the command line as well, same rresult.

Anyone have a clue what might be going on? Any help with this would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Old 03-31-2009, 05:05 AM   #2
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UPDATE: This appears to be exclusive to Fedora for the RTL2500 chipset.

I did some more experimenting and found that this chipset (which is in a Belkin PCMIA card) works as it should with a Ubuntu 8.10 and a number of other live distros. I also tried it with Fedora 10 and Fedora 11 Alpha, both with the same results I experienced with Fedora 9. I have seen at least one other post about the same issue with this chipset and Fedora.

So, unless I am corrected by someone who has it working correctly, I conclude that this chipset does not work with Fedora of any flavor even though it does light up and sees the network. It will not connect.


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