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Old 04-30-2005, 03:42 PM   #1
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Arrow Several Issues - Sound, Wireless, etcetera

Okay, here we go. I installed Simply Mepis Linux 3.3 today. Prior to this, I only had Win2k Pro on my machine. . So to put it blunt, I have no )*&#%)&*%$ clue what I'm doing here. That said, I have a few things I need to get some help on.

1. Any good, reliable, and up to date resources I can use to answer my own questions? I only get sites from my searches which haven't been updated since 1998.

2. I have a D-Link DWL-G520 wireless card. Any ideas as to how I can get this thing to run? It doesn't autodetect, and I have no clue how to go about getting it to read. Cursed Windows and their wizards, never let me have any fun... I can honestly say a wizard did it... anyway!

3. I have a built-in Realtek Sound Card, which seems intent on NOT letting me know what model it is so I can find Linux drivers. Any Win2k experts who can help me ID the thing?

I really hope 2 can be resolved soon, as I'd like to finish the rest of these little quirks without rebooting to check the forums when I need to do something else.

Help is most appreciated, and is redeemed in the form of chocolate chip cookies... or just thanks, whichever I'm feeling up to.

Last edited by HeyNotThere; 04-30-2005 at 03:47 PM.
Old 04-30-2005, 06:08 PM   #2
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Use google. When I entered linux and your NIC model I got quite a few useful hits. I know that Mepis comes with ndiswrapper installed so all you need is to install your windows driver for that card using ndiswrapper.

Copy your windows driver *.inf and *.sys files to your linux system someplace you know where it is. then at command line:

ndiswrapper -i /fullpathto/drivername.inf
modprobe ndiswrapper
ndiswrapper -m

that should activate the driver for your card.
to activate the card without rebooting just:
iwconfig wlan0 (or whatever it's called on your box)<options>
ifconfig wlan0 (or whatever) up
dhcpcd wlan0 (or whatever)

your card should be working then. the dhcpcd command is only needed if you use dhcp instead of a static IP.

As for your sound card, try "lspci" at the command line and see if the model is listed in the output.
Old 04-30-2005, 10:39 PM   #3
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WOOHOO! Numba 2 is done!

I'm posting this from Mozilla in Mepis. Thanks much for the help on that!

I also did that lspci command, and it seems that Mepis is reading this sound card as follows:

0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)

So I have a general idea of what to look for. Now I can find and install a driver, or at least configure the machine so I don't have to look for one.
Old 05-20-2005, 12:53 AM   #4
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Angry ARGH!

Hmm for some odd reason my wireless cut out. I shall explain. After performing an apt-get update/upgrade, My wireless ceases to be recognized. After several attempts at running iwconfig and ifconfig, the card goes without being recognized. I removed the drivers from ndiswrapper, then I removed the ndiswrapper file from /etc/modeprobe.d. After this I reinstalled the driver, but now its... odd. iwconfig and ifconfig both function normally, and the KWifiManager even shows the card getting a very strong signal from the router, including showing my MAC and IP addresses. Going into the OS Center, I click Start wlan0. It does litererally nothing. No load time and then no result. I click the button and then I still see... Wireless is: Down.

I got irritated with this little thing after a while and reinstalled Mepis. I get the same problem, and even now I know it isn't due to the apt-get upgrade, because I can't even DO one without my wireless working.

Both before and after I reformatted I also tries the MADWIFI drivers after removing the ndiswrapper drivers. To sum up:

My wireless is reading, but apparently not functioning. What puzzles me is how this manages to continue even after a reformat, since it worked so well the first time. I wish I had error messages to post here, but there were no error messages! There should be no problems at all!

Oddly enough, this never happened for the short time I had used version 2004.06.

Ugh, this is crazy...


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