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sasquash 10-21-2003 05:35 PM

my wireless network card won't work with Redhat 9
I am new to linux and just installed redhat 9 on my computer because i got tired of seeing that blue screen when windows craps out. Everything is great with redhat...but i can't get my wireless network card to work. The card that i have is a Netgear MA 311. I know there are other threads that talk about it by i am still confused. I am new to linux so i need someone to hold my hand while i figure out how to get my wireless network card to work.

finegan 10-21-2003 06:13 PM

First, we have to find out what chipset is on the MA311 you have. Lately Netgear, D-Link, Linksys, etc... have all started switching the chipsets in their products, but not changing the model names, so:

Open up a terminal, Konsole, whatever will get you a command line and type:


And post back with the name of the "Ethernet Controller" as its listed there.



sasquash 10-21-2003 10:13 PM

I'm sorry, I should have put more details in my first post. Right now i have a dual boot system (xp & redhat) and until i get that network card to work, i am stuck with xp. i opened up the terminal in linux and typed "/sbin/lspci" and it gave me some error message. then i tried getting to it using the windows, and when i got into the "sbin" directory i saw "lspci." i then double clicked it and nothing happened. From the reading i have been doing on the internet, it sounds like the chipset for my card is Prism2/2.5/3

I have almost no idea what i am doing some please be very patient with me.

akaBeaVis 10-21-2003 10:36 PM

you may want to check out this thread:
and/or attempt to contact Sometimes.

finegan 10-23-2003 01:34 AM

Error message... that's annoying... Its probably a Prism2/2.5/3 card, but all of the retailers recently have changed their chipsets and not changed the box, so you may be reading old news. Heck, lspci just strips info out of /proc/pci so just read that:

cat /proc/pci

You're looking for it to mention "Harris" or "Intersil" or "Prism 2.5".... a bad thing to see would be "ADMtek" or "Realtek", and a really bad thing to see would be "Broadcom".



sasquash 10-23-2003 08:55 PM

ok i think i found the chipset for my wireless network card. By the way, i think i forgot to mention that it is the second network card on my computer, the first is a 3com put is by Dell. (So the wireless card should be listed in my network devices as eth1...right?)

I went to the hardware browser, then I clicked system devices and one of the 6 choices was Prism 2.5 wavelan chipset. it then told me the manufacturer: Harris Semiconductors and the Driver: orinoco_pci.

what i don't understand is why it was not listed in my Network Devices?

I hope this is enough information for someone to help me get my wireless card to work.

finegan 10-27-2003 02:08 AM

I dunno why RH 9 didn't list it right, the file it creates is /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcg-eth1 You can copy ifcg-eth0 and just rename it eth1, and then just hand edit it with the settings you need... or:

ifconfig eth1 up
iwconfig eth1 essid nameofnetwork
iwconfig eth1 enc 2123231223 (substitute in your wepkey, or ignore this step for no wep)
dhclient eth1



sasquash 10-27-2003 07:13 AM

Thanks for your help, i figured out how to get it to work. Thanks again for your help.

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