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Old 05-31-2009, 06:35 PM   #1
tcervinsky
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I need help getting wireless card working


I know this has probably been answered hundreds' of times- but this is the newbie section.

I had to replace the hard drive in my laptop and couldn't afford a new OS, except for Linux (FREE IS GOOD). So now that Linux is installed in a fresh HD I need to get my wireless card working so that I'm not tied with a cable to the wall.

I have a Linksys 54gs card in a Dell 610 laptop. I downloaded ndiswrapper and have copied the sys and int files from the wireless card cd rom. Now I don't know how to put them all together and make them work. I don't know Linux at all. Not a word of it. Most things I've found online about this assumes that I am a programmer and know most of the ins and outs of Linux, I don't. Help me with a step-by-step word by word explanation. I'm stupid and I admit it. But I want to learn Linux soon, and I want to enjoy it, but I need this wireless to work first. Thanks

Tim
 
Old 05-31-2009, 06:41 PM   #2
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Do me a favour, paste the output of
Code:
lspci -vv|grep Wire
lsmod
This might be a stupid question, though, but isn't that the router (Linksys 54gs) not the card?
 
Old 05-31-2009, 07:06 PM   #3
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I just gave part of the model number, for reference. It's like a WPC or something.

As far as pasting the code you have there, where am I suppose to paste it?
Thats how dumb I am!
 
Old 05-31-2009, 07:11 PM   #4
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Sorry, you need to open a terminal. What distribution are you using? (What Linux, as it were)
 
Old 05-31-2009, 07:17 PM   #5
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Oh, sorry. I thought I gave the version... just picked up Knoppix 6.1. Installed easily and seems to be working okay.

I pasted what you asked me to, this is what I got:

knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ lspci -vv|grep Wire
07:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ lsmod
Module Size Used by
ipv6 165228 10
ppdev 5380 0
lp 6480 0
parport_pc 23484 1
floppy 39572 0
parport 20180 3 ppdev,lp,parport_pc
8250_pnp 4224 0
dcdbas 4128 0
b43 91420 0
mac80211 107296 1 b43
cfg80211 19728 1 mac80211
input_polldev 2184 1 b43
ssb 22660 1 b43
pcmcia 21012 2 b43,ssb
3c59x 27176 0
mii 3584 1 3c59x
yenta_socket 15884 3
rsrc_nonstatic 7168 1 yenta_socket
snd_intel8x0 17948 1
snd_intel8x0m 8076 0
snd_ac97_codec 70308 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m
ac97_bus 1664 1 snd_ac97_codec
8250_pci 15488 0
8250 13416 2 8250_pnp,8250_pci
serial_core 11648 1 8250
joydev 6976 0
knoppix@Microknoppix:~$
 
Old 05-31-2009, 07:19 PM   #6
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Give this ago;
http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...10&postcount=3


EDIT:
I thought you'd installed Linux, you'll find it a lot easier, hell- this should work right out the box.

Last edited by jamescondron; 05-31-2009 at 07:20 PM.
 
Old 06-02-2009, 09:20 AM   #7
tcervinsky
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Okay, I'm glad someone told me this. I've now installed Ubuntu and it seems to be working (well, except for a boot problem), but still no wireless.

How about a book that I can buy that can tell me how to operate Linux. I don't even understand the simplest commands sometimes. I don't have time to take a college course and I really just want to get this linksys card working right now.

ndiswrapper is on the hard drive last night, but this morning it wouldn't boot so I'm reinstalling Ubuntu.

What should I try next?
 
Old 06-02-2009, 09:31 AM   #8
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Okay, for books your best bet is to find an online book, as opposed to buying one (though if you want to spend the cash thats completely up to you)- http://www.linux-tutorial.info/modul...ent&pageid=224 comes quite well recommended and seems to cover a lot.

The wireless card, lets try the output of thos commands again, also try a

Code:
ifconfig
iwconfig
too, and lets see whether it has seen anything at all. Boot issues? Could you be a little more specific?
 
  


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