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Old 01-07-2008, 12:33 PM   #1
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Linux driver for SMC 802.11g

Hi all and happy new year!!!

I have SMC Networks wireless card and here is its model number:
802.11g Wireless Cardbus Adapter (Model No: SMCWCB-G US)


I tried to use the site below to download the linux driver and follow the instruction so I can get it to work, no luck in finding the right driver.

On the same link below, I came across this one which I thought to be close if not the same as mine:

Card: SMC SMCWPCI-G EU 802.11g 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter
Chipset: Realtek RTL-8185 IEEE 802.11a/b/g Wireless LAN Controller
pciid: 10ec:8185 (rev 20)
Driver: The WinXP driver from the factory CD
Other: Ubuntu 7.04 Linux 2.6.20-16-generic i686; ndiswrapper 1.38. Worked on channel 6 and needed to add “irqpoll” to kernel boot options. On channel 11 or with no “irqpoll”, system freezes with “BUG: Soft lockup detected on CPU0!” while “Configuring network interfaces” at bootup.

As you can see it does not have a link for a driver download, but they suggest that the CD (which came with the card) contains the file I need to make the card work on linux.
I seem not to see it.,list_o-z/

I need your help.

Old 01-08-2008, 09:26 PM   #2
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You need to figure out what chip is inside of your card. I did a brief Google and it seems they use Ralink or Atheros - both have native Linux drivers. Ndiswrapper should be used as last resort if Linux driver does not exist.


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