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Old 03-19-2006, 01:32 AM   #1
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Loading Wireless PCI Adapter Card


Morning All!

Very brave newbie here. Installed Fedora Core, successfully I think, on an old desktop lying around the house, Pentium II.

But getting onto the net is my problem. The PC has a US Robotics wireless PCI Adapter which worked successfully on my wireless network previously under windows.

So I downloaded the corret driver from the US Robotics site and using a USB flash drive have put it onto my Linux desktop ready for use.

But now I'm stuck. Here's what I'm doing: System Tools -> Internet Connection Settings -> Wireless Connection -> Wireless Card ->

But now what - there doesn't appear to be an option to load in my new driver and there is no US Robotics option (or obvious clone) listed in the list.

Simon
 
Old 03-19-2006, 02:05 AM   #2
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You could look here:

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m....php/Main_Page

Go to list of working cards.
Just scroll down the page to see if your card is listed. I would have looked myself but you did not list specific card.
 
Old 03-19-2006, 02:18 AM   #3
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Brilliant. Thanks. I'm off to have a look. It's a US Robotics USR805416 Wireless Turbo PCI Adapter.
 
Old 03-19-2006, 02:30 AM   #4
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Am I being naive? Is it possible to download these drivers onto a windows XP PC, transfer them to a flash drive, copy them to my Fedora Core installation desktop, click on it and expect to see the device suddenly appeear in the list of available devices? Because I'm failing.... mmm... thought this might all be beyond me!
 
Old 03-19-2006, 02:31 AM   #5
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Sometimes they have slightly different instructions depending on your card. It looks like your card is listed.

It is possible that ndiswrapper is already installed on your system, but not necessarily. I would look into that before downloading and installing it. I have never configured wireless on Fedora. You might have to check with a Fedora user on how to see if it is already installed.

On my system, I can first check with KPackage (KDE package management tool) or by issuing a whereis ndiswrapper command from the console.
 
Old 03-19-2006, 02:34 AM   #6
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As long as it is readable by both Windows and Linux, I don't see why not. Have you used/swapped this drive between the two already? If so, it should work. I swap graphic files between Win/Linux with USB.
 
Old 03-19-2006, 02:39 AM   #7
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You can check out the site. Very good information. Basically, ndiswrapper needs to be installed. Ndiswrapper then loads a Windows driver for use in Linux. Then comes the configuration of the card, which should be expected.

Seems like a bit much, but it gets easier the more times you've done it. To be honest, I have only configured WEP encryption. Not too sure about the others. I'm sure there is documentation on the website.


Card: US ROBOTICS USR805416 802.11g Wireless Turbo PCI Card
Chipset: TI Texas Instruments ACX 111 54Mbps Wireless Interface
pciid: 104c:9066
Driver: Driver for Netgear WG311V2 works with WPA-PSK+TKIP: http://kbserver.netgear.com/support_...asp?dnldID=770. The driver from US Robotics version 6.0 also works with WPA-PSK+TKIP.
Other: US Robotics donated this card to one of the developers, so this card will be fully supported. Thanks to US Robotics for their support.This driver doesn't support power management, so the device will be halted/initialized during suspend/resume, so the interface needs to be reconfigured after resume.
 
Old 03-19-2006, 02:45 AM   #8
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Cheers. Really appreciate your help. Will try not to bombard you with any more minor issues. But I'll tell you where I'm getting confused. Having dropped the appropriate drivers onto my Linux desktop, I'm clicking on them and hey presto, it starts the add a new wireless connection routine. Great. Where I'm confused is, is that I'm sort of expecting the new driver / hardware to be automatically added to the list of devices to select, but currently it isn't. Still the same old list.
 
Old 03-19-2006, 02:58 AM   #9
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Sorry if you already know any of this, I'm just going to recap, to try and cover everything.

Ndiswrapper is a program. If it is not already on your system, it would need to be installed before you could use any drivers. Once you have ndiswrapper installed and the correct driver(s), you can load the driver(s) with ndiswrapper.

Ndiswrapper is normally run from a console, or from the command line. There is a basic tutorial on the website for loading drivers.

Feel free to post back for anything!

 
Old 03-20-2006, 03:16 AM   #10
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Man was I naive! Or maybe I just believed the hype a bit too much! Command lines, terminals, yum! Didn't expect plug and play but was hoping to load a driver without reading a manual! Anyway, thanks for your help, very appreciative. Off to read a few manuals! It'll be worth it in the end.
 
Old 03-20-2006, 08:14 AM   #11
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Well, the alternative is to purchase a wireless adapter that comes with Linux drivers. I went half way myself, I read up on a cheap card that worked with ndiswrapper, and went out and bought it.

If you look up near the top right corner of the page, there is a link to Linux Tutorials. If you look under Networking, you will find several good articles on using ndiswrapper. You just have to substitute the card and driver they use, for yours.

I hope you get it working. Don't hesitate to post back!
 
  


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