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Old 04-19-2005, 09:18 PM   #1
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Configuring a WiFi PCMCIA card with RH 7.3


I've finally made a selection on the linux version. redhat 7.3. Two reasons, one, it came with the "dummies" book, and two it seemed to work on my video out of the box, which goes a long way to keeping me interested.

Now I am faced with getting my older WG511 (netgear) PCMCIA WiFi card working. I've used the 'lspci' command and the system sees the card ...

01:00.0 Network Controller: Harris Semiconductor: Unknown device 3890 (rev 01)

with a little bit of reading, I'm figuring out that I need drivers.... yet, when I visited the site, it was a bit overwhelming as to what I needed and how to install it.

Any direction would be most apperciated.

Old 04-20-2005, 04:13 PM   #2
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My solution for MDK 9.2 and Belkin

Helo semonski

Although I have a Netgear WG511T I use it in M$XP Tsohiba.
I have belkin on this Vaio Note book.

However I feel you will have to do same.
Get NDISWRAPPER (better if you can compile it yourself but quicker to
use a pre-complied one)
It took a lot of searching to find a precompiled one for me.

To get it to work
insmod ndiswrapper
loadndisdriver a b c d
(you have to workout a b from dmesg)
a) vendr id
b) device id
c)is sys file from Win
d) is inf file from Win
NOTE use full path to files

plug in pcmcia card

ifconfig eth0
could use local statis ip
route add default gw
iwconfig eth0 essid "MYESSID"
iwconfig eth0 enc ABCDEFABCEFDA12345
iwconfig eth0
status reported
kick off konqueror.
NOTE I have NOT done anything special for kernel
it is bog stdd MDK 9.2

Hope this helps,
Dr. Skidsa b c d
Old 04-20-2005, 05:36 PM   #3
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If you plan on using ndiswrapper, you should make sure they support your chipset. You can find out how to do that in the wiki

If you're thinking of using redhat 7.3, you should be aware that it is way out of date and I think that they have discontinued updates for non-subscribing customers. This will be an issue for you if redhat 7.3 shipped with an older 2.4 kernel which I think is likely. for ndiswrapper, you need at least kernel 2.4.26.
In my opinion you would be well advised to look into installing something similarly easy to use such as SuSe, Mandrake, Ubuntu etc. Your manual will still be very useful, and you will have access to free updating engines.



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