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Old 08-06-2005, 06:42 PM   #16
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ok, so i'm gonna try getting a linux driver

i downloaded FwRad16.bin_1.2.1.34 from
the link to which i found at because the sourceforge site didnt have a driver, it just said that a driver existed, and linked me to the netgear site, which only had windows drivers

but i have no idea what to do with FwRad16.bin_1.2.1.34
but i'm REALLY hoping it doesnt mean i have to do something like compile everything. b/c i have no idea where i would even start doing something like that.

thw wireless tools link you gave me made it sound like wireless tools are on my SuSE disk? which i dont have

and the ndiswrapper site certainly had a lot of information on it, but the guy that wrote it seems to have done the wireless bit in SuSE, and wrote down the instructions, but if it's a headache to get running....
well, we'll see what happens

hopefully i'll get a DVD of suse soon
Old 08-06-2005, 11:47 PM   #17
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Whoa! Hang on just a second.

The file from doesn't look to be a driver. From the way it reads, that looks to be a firmware revision!!!

The firmware is the programed instructions that are located directly inside of the chips on the card itself. I don't think you want to mess with that unless you absolutely have to, especially sense their appear to be cards that that file will work with (the pictures on the site) and cards it will not work with, all of which have the same model number. So don't use that file unless you are willing to risk your wireless card's digital life. I could be wrong, of course, but I still wouldn't risk it just yet.

That said, you are absolutely right about the sourceforge site being very confusing as to whether or not your card is supported. They say that the driver is for the ACX100 and ACX111 chipsets, then they list your card as having a different chipset than the two they support, then they say that the GPL driver (I assume thats theirs) is confirmed to work, and finally they give you a link to the windows driver. [rant over]

Despite the confusion from the driver site, I say try the GPL driver anyway.

Here is the dl site for the GPL driver...

Your card is (supposedly) confirmed to work with driver version 0.2.0pre8pf10, but you should probably download the newest version (bottom of the list). You can always come back and get an older one, after all. There is also some information and instructions on that page. I just glanced through it a little bit, but it does look like you will need wireless tools. If you can't get ahold of a SUSE disk, I know that you can download them from that link I gave you for Wtools before (there is a download link somewhere on the page). Better yet, I assume that SUSE has a package downloader (apt-get or something like that, I never used SUSE before) that you can use to download and install the package for you, and resolve any dependencies at the same time.

Well, thats all I have for now. Hope this is pointing you in the right direction.
Old 08-07-2005, 12:07 AM   #18
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OK, sorry. It looks like I was wrong to some extent about the firmware file. Seems that you will need it, or you can get the same file and a few others off of the driver CD for your wireless card.

Anyway, I ran across this site...

This explanation and instructions are very thorough (more-so than I could ever be), and appears to to be a very good guide to installing your card (there are even some specific configuration instructions for SUSE towards the bottom of the page).

So, I leave you with that. Good luck.


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