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Old 05-17-2004, 11:03 AM   #1
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How to change Mandrake 10 kernel to 2.4.20? Help

i'm new to linux, i'm been using it for about 2 months now and i want to get my wireless card working it is a WPC11 v4. I did some research on this and was told that it had the RTL8180 chipset, so i went and got the drivers the only thing is that they can only be used with kernel 2.4.20 and i'm currently running I went through man tutorial to recompile it and install it but the kernel keeps getting errors. Is there any different steps that i need to take when using mandrake? And also is there a way to save all the current configurations in the 2.6 kernel and move them over to 2.3.

Old 05-17-2004, 11:19 AM   #2
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The best compile help page I have found is:

This will get you up and running quickly.

Old 05-25-2005, 01:38 PM   #3
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I think you should never use Realtek's Linux drivers for the RTL8180L-based Wireless NICs. I have a Sweex LC700010 or something (RTL8180L based) and when I tried to install the drivers on either Slackware or Red Hat they stressed my system, outputting "TX Descriptor unavailable" or something like that. When I found out how to disable debug output, the driver still consumed a lot of CPU time and it didn't even gave me a connection.

The thing that works for me is ndiswrapper. Just download whatever Windows driver you want to download, load it with ndiswrapper et voilá, it works. Maybe a bit slower than a normal driver, but hey, we don't have normal drivers for the RTL8180L. At least I don't have it.

A nice tutorial on how to install ndiswrapper can be found here.


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