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Old 08-08-2008, 02:46 AM   #1
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making dlink card work on DSL

Hi everyone. Totally confused newbie here.

I just installed Damn Small Linux onto a really old machine (1999 Fujitsu Lifebook, Celeron 365MHz) and it works. Yeay!!! This is my first attempt at using linux.

Now all I need to do is make my wireless card work. It is a DLink AirPlus DWL G650 card. I have found some posts from people saying stuff like "use ndiswrapper" or "install madwifi" but I don't know how to do that. My computer has ndiswrapper installed already (I'm assuming this because it is a menu option under "net setup").

When I click on it I get a menu/box thing called "ndiswrapper setup" and:

inf file /mnt/hda1/windows/netcard.inf
device wlan0

I don't know what these mean or what data I am supposed to fill in?
Am I supposed to do something else first?

If I click "ok" it says "connection failed". Now, I am not currently sitting somewhere with a wireless connection. Is that my only problem? Would it work fine by itself if I took it somewhere with access?

Thanks in advance!!
Old 08-08-2008, 03:44 AM   #2
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Can you just post the output of command ifconfig?
If your system is so old and assuming that the card is old too, DSL might recognize it without much hassle.
Also you can use command lspci to see if your card has been recognized if its pci card.
If its a pcmcia card use command lspcmcia.
Post the output here.
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Ok I typed ifconfig and got:

lo Link encap: Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
RX packets: 611 errors: 0 dropped: 0 ovverruns 0 frame 0
TX packets: 611 errors: 0 dropped: 0 ovverruns 0 carrier: 0 collisions: 0 txqueuelen: 0
RX bytes: 38186 (37.2KiB) TX bytes: 38186 (37.2KiB)

lspci gives me a whole lot of stuff that I'm guessing isn't relevant? Then it says

0000.02.00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc AR5212 802.11abgNIC (rev 01)

I'm not sure this is right, shouldn't it say "Dlink" not Atheros? Does this mean that the computer thinks a different card is there? Or maybe I'm mis-reading it, because the processor is an Atheros Celeron, and it just doesn't know the card is there at all.

lspcia doesn't give me anything so I guess it's not that.

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You know I could go buy a different card if there is one that will make my life easier.
Old 08-08-2008, 03:26 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by ultra81 View Post
You know I could go buy a different card if there is one that will make my life easier.
Check out

Andy does a good job of explaining things; his how-to for ndiswrapper got me going.


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