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Old 07-22-2004, 03:56 PM   #1
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Another Belkin 54G user needs help...


Managed to get Mandrake 10.0 installed on my CF-71 Toughbook laptop and I'm enjoying Linux very much and learning my way around. Trouble is, my POS wireless LAN card isn't directly supported so I can't use that computer for internet yet.

I've read and read and it seems that this card is a bugger for someone unfamiliar with Linux command prompt. ndiswrapper? Or something like that seems to be a possibility but I need some hand-holding.

Or, should I simply purchase a card that is already supported by Mandrake Linux? I know the card works in Winbloze but I've had it too long to get my money back now.

A part of me wants to package it really nice and send it back to Belkin with a note explaining where they can stick it...

Any ideas, I need internet access with Mandrake/Linux or it ain't much use to me?
Old 07-22-2004, 06:06 PM   #2
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if you know what chipset it uses, if it uses a generic one, as does mine, you may be able to do a work around, if it uses a prism, aero, smb, etc, there are ways around it
Old 07-23-2004, 08:28 PM   #3
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Thank you. 'How's things in KCMO? Lived 1st 36 years of my life there, now out west since '98.

Anyway, I've read, read, read. Tried downloading/burning/running some ndiswrapper stuff but I can't even find it in that crazy OS. I guess Mr. Gates will get to keep another customer even though I would love to break-up our relationship.

Thanks, peace, over & out.
Old 07-25-2004, 09:36 AM   #4
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I'd suggest just purchasing a cheap wireless card you know that will work in Linux. I use a Netgear MA401 and its detected right out of the box and I got it brand new off ebay for 20 bucks.
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25 actual hours later, it's finally working with ndiswrapper but I'm not even sure it will come back when I reboot. After getting modprobe.conf edited, I was able to run loadndisdriver and the card came on. Next, running the Mandrake internet setup wizard got that to work so it's online until I shutdown but I'm afraid I will need to restart the Belkin w/card again manually unless I can configure the startup file to "loadndisdriver'.

My 1st run-in with a CLI based system in a long, long time.


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