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Old 04-05-2007, 05:58 PM   #1
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Belkin Wireless 54G PCMCIA Wireless Card F5D7010

Hello All,

I am a qualified Microsoft engineer, so moving over to Linux has been a struggle, considering i have been on windows since i started in computers many years back.

I have been using linux now on and off for the last 3 years. Every now and again, something will irratate me (and often make me go back to windows). The one thing i least expected to irratate me was setting up wireless.

However, this time, Fedora Core 6 has managed to disapoint. I have been using Ubuntu Live CD, and i plugged in my Wireless network card, and all worked with no problems. However, after installing FC6, it refueses to accept my Belkin PCMCIA wireless card.

I have tried to use NDISWrapper (which makes no sense to anyone use to windows). I have also had a look at the PCMCIA pages, and the make install refuses to work. Are there any drivers for the Belkin PCMCIA F5D7010 wireless network card?

When i run DMESG, the PCMCIA card is detected, but the drivers are not installed.

This post may come across as very anti-linux, but I am starting to love linux. The only issue is plug and play compatibility.

I am hoping some one can put me out of my dilema

I have searched all over Google to no avail,

Kind Regards,

Paul Sanders
Old 04-07-2007, 09:29 AM   #2
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Are the drivers not installed or are they not loaded into the kernel (lsmod).

If they're installed, try loading them with modprobe.

If they're not installed, use yum (as root) to load them. Yum is smart enough to find, for example, the vsftpd package, without having to specify a version name. You would have to google for the driver name.

Good luck.

BTW, your statements don't appear to me to be anti-Linux. Linux is powerful and the ability to learn and fix almost everything is available to you.

You can get things running. I have found running a good working Linux environment really encourages, if not requires, a good drill-down into what is happening. This is contrary to what one has to do in the Windows environment, not better or worse.


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