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Old 02-03-2005, 07:23 AM   #1
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Driver for Belkin 80211.b wireless card on Mandrake 10.0


I'm fairly new to Linux and am attempting to get Mandrake 10.0 installed on an older desktop machine.

So far so good except when it prompts me to choose a driver for my network card which is a Belkin 80211.b wireless desktop network card. Some of the numbers on the card are FSD6001 and P81471-A and it also says version 3001.

Problem is that, of the list of network drivers, none of themsays 'belkin' and the names are all cryptic like "vt_ar5k" and such.

How do I find which driver is the right one?

Old 02-03-2005, 07:33 AM   #2
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you could do a google search with the model number and "+linux" to see if anything comes up. otherwise you'll need to use ndiswrapper which will use the win drivers.
Old 02-03-2005, 08:58 AM   #3
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As far as getting drivers for a wireless card, I highly recommend linuxant. They have the driver-loader for any wireless cards. It is really easy to set up and once it's setup and installed, you shouldn't ever have to mess with it again. Just use the internet.

Linux and charges a one-time fee of $20 for the software. There's also a free 30 day trial so you can make sure it works first. Some people have a fundamental difference with the software because it costs money, but personally, I don't care. I value a working Linux desktop much more than twenty bucks.

When you get to the page, click on "DriverLoader for Wireless LAN Devices". At the next page, you're going to need to know what your chipset for your wireless card is. (I googled my card and found the info). Once you know what chipset you're using, you can check the list to make sure it's there. (It will be). Then you just click on "Download" on the left side of the screen. Then click "I agree" on the agreement page. On the next page, you will need to click "DirverLoader Download page" located in the text, near the top. Then select your distribution. Then you download the correct DriverLoader for your kernel.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT KERNEL VERSION YOU HAVE. This can be figured out by opening Konsole and typing:
uname -r
Hope it helps

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