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Old 09-20-2009, 06:37 PM   #1
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WLAN drivers on Fedora

I've just installed Linux for the very first time, using a Fedora distribution from here. I'm now trying to get the machine connected to the internet, using a wireless USB adapter (Microsoft MN-510) - as far as I can tell, the distribution did not have drivers for it, so after searching online a bit, I've found some potentially suitable drivers at However, I have so far not been able to get them installed, wondering if anybody could help?

The specific errors I'm getting during installation seem to boil down to

RepoError: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: fedora. Please verify its path and try again

I'm not sure what repomd.xml is, or where I might be looking for it, but my system certainly can't seem to be able to find it. I'm also not entirely sure if I'm using the correct drivers - I have fedora 2.6.29, however, the latest kernel version I could find these drivers for is 2.4.22. I'm also actually guessing on my kernel version a bit, as the link above suggests looking in /boot/kernel.h, but, if I have a kernel.h file on my installation, I'm not sure where it is, and it certainly isn't under /boot... However, I suspect the repomd.xml problem is showing up well before I get to all the potential versioning issues.

Some more basic system information (an AMD desktop):
[aslepak@localhost ~]$ rpm -q redhat-release
package redhat-release is not installed
[aslepak@localhost ~]$ rpm -q fedora-release
[aslepak@localhost ~]$ uname -r
[aslepak@localhost ~]$ uname -a
Linux localhost.localdomain.linuxbox #1 SMP Wed May 27 17:14:37 EDT 2009 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
[aslepak@localhost ~]$ rpm -qa | grep kernel-2
[root@localhost log]# cat messages
Sep 20 15:10:04 localhost kernel: imklog 3.21.11, log source = /proc/kmsg started.
Sep 20 15:10:04 localhost rsyslogd: [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="3.21.11" x-pid="1169" x-info=""] restart

I'd appreciate any help. Or alternatively, if anyone can suggest a wireless card, USB or otherwise, that fedora has pre-built drivers for, that might make this whole problem go away for me, for the time being anyway.

Old 09-21-2009, 12:32 PM   #2
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The page you refer to for "suitable drivers" is way out of date (2003) and the packages are for a 2.4 kernel, the current stable kernel is 2.6 (and very different from 2.4), and you are using
So, the bottom line is, they won't work.

Tell us more about your USB dongle:

Plug it in, wait for it to settle, then tell us the output of the command lsusb in a terminal.
That will list all USB devices, and tell us what they are. Then we can help with finding and installing drivers.

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Thanks for the help - I'd assumed that the 2003 drivers were likely out of date, but couldn't find anything newer that sounded appropriate... So, trying what you had suggested, lsusb output:

[ams11@localhost ~]$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 007: ID 05dc:a702 Lexar Media, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 045e:008c Microsoft Corp. Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 005: ID 045e:006e Microsoft Corp. MN510 802.11b Adapter
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 045e:00b0 Microsoft Corp. Digital Media Pro Keyboard
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

So, it is recognizing the dongle correctly, but doesn't appear to be using it - on the adapter itself, the Power LED is on, however, the Wireless LED remains off. I get the same behavior (Power LED on, Wireless LED off) when plugging it into a Windows machine that doesn't have the drivers installed, so I presume it simply means that Linux, likewise, doesn't know how to use it. I can certainly set up all the parameters for my wireless connection for my router, but that doesn't get it any closer to working...
Old 09-22-2009, 05:40 AM   #4
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I searched on MN510 802.11b and found these links that may help you get it working:

It looks as though you need either the linux-wlan-ng module or ndiswrapper and the windows driver.


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