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Old 08-13-2004, 04:58 PM   #1
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Live CD distro supporting DWL-650L1 or L2 RTL8180 chipset?

I have a refurb D-link DWl-650L1 or L2 that uses Realtek 8180 drivers.
for Windows drivers that actually work unlike those on the included CD...
No hardware revision is listed on the unit label.
Knoppix and SimplyMepis don't see it either.
Anyone have a live distro they recommend?
By the way, I didn't know that the support of this Realtek 8180 chipset in Linux appears to be poor.
If you buy a D-link card avoid this POS like the plague and get one with an Intersil chip.

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Old 08-13-2004, 08:56 PM   #2
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if u want to get it working.
u must compile drivers and etc.
the best distro for this card is Red Hat Linux 9.0 since there is drivers that's already compiled against it.
check out my site at
for further information on RTL8180 chipset
Old 08-14-2004, 09:25 PM   #3
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Thanks! I'll have a look.


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