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Old 01-25-2007, 05:00 PM   #1
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Are there linux drivers for Belkin N/Work card .


Hi to you all,
I loaded Mandriva Free 2007 yesterday.
I have always been a Microsoft user, so this OS is completely new to me.
Everything seems to have loaded fine, the problem I have is getting onto the internet.
I am using an old laptop to try my hand at Mandriva and I have slotted in a Belkin 802.11G wireless notebook network card (F5D7010)
With WinXP it ran fine with my router, not so now. I am at a loss as to how I set it up, could do with more than a little help.
Can the network card work with the OS? Do I need to find a Linux driver, and if so, where from?
Would appreciate any help given.
 
Old 01-25-2007, 05:12 PM   #2
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You need to use ndiswrapper to "wrap" the respective windows driver. See the wiki page. Also install the wireless tools package for KDE or maybe something similar if you use GNOME or another desktop.

Here's the jist of it:

1) Download ndiswrapper-1.34.tar.gz
2) open a terminal then type:
Code:
su -
<PASSWORD>
cd <wherever you downloaded ndiswrapper to>
tar -xzf ndiswrapper-1.34.tar.gz
cd ndiswrapper-1.34
make distclean
make
make install
don't close the terminal yet...
3) save your .inf and .sys driver files in a directory of there own somewhere. You can download them if you don't have them here.
4) back in the terminal 'cd' to the directory where you just saved the drivers and type:
Code:
ndiswrapper -i <drivername>.inf
ndiswrapper -l
the second command should tell you that the driver was installed and the hardware is present.
5) Your distro should come with some wireless tools package - you may need to install it.

Good luck & welcome to Linux...

Last edited by ChrisScott; 01-25-2007 at 05:30 PM.
 
Old 01-25-2007, 05:47 PM   #3
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Hi ChrisScott,
Thanks for the info. I think I shall have to read your reply very carefully a few times to get my head around the terminology. I shall try to put the info into practice tomorrow.
Thanks again.
 
Old 01-25-2007, 06:18 PM   #4
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Good luck & let me know how you get on...
 
  


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