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Old 08-14-2003, 11:23 AM   #1
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CompUSA brand WLAN Card in RH9

I have a IBM 600E running RedHat 9 (fully udpated version) and am happy to say (especially being a newbie) that I have everything running and working well.

My Problem: Trying to install a CompUSA Brand WLAN Card 802.11b.

The good news: Instructions and RH Drivers are included with the card, see instructions below

A. Environment:
- Our software environment of system as below:
OS: Linux kernel 2.4.2-2 on an i686
Distribution: RedHat 7.1
PCMCIA support: kernel-pcmcia-cs-3.1.24-2
Wireless tools: wireless-tools-21-1

B. Environment setup:
- Linux kernel source:
In order for the applications to run you have to
enable CONFIG_NET_RADIO in the kernel.

1. In /usr/src/linux (or linux-2.4)
# make menuconfig
Select Network Device Support
|--->Wireless LAN (non-hamradio)
|--->Wireless LAN (non-hamradio)
2. # make dep

- kernel-pcmcia-cs:
You should install the kernel-pcmcia-cs source in
your system.

1. Unpackage the source package in the path
# tar zxvf kernel-pcmcia-cs-x.x.xx.tar.gz

2. In folder(kernel-pcmcia-cs-x.x.xx) run
# make clean
# make config(answer the question)
# make all
# make install

C. Installation Procedure:
- Unpack the CNWLC-811-OEM-AR-PCM-LRP-V1.00.tgz package (anywhere
you like).
# tar xzvf CNWLC-811-OEM-AR-PCM-LRP-V1.00.tgz

- In the setup directory run:
# make pcmcia (for 502A, 504, (RFMD, revD, revE pcmcia cards))

This will do everything (install the driver patch
and the necessary files ). (make sure that you logged on
as root).

Problem # 1: There is no /usr/src/linux folder, so I am stuck right off the bat...any guidance would be greatly appreciated

Problem #2: There is no zxvf kernel-pcmcia-cs-x.x.xx.tar.gz on the installation CD as far as I can there someplace I can get this file?

Problem #3: How do I enable CONFIG_NET_RADIO in the kernel?

Last edited by guydelacruz; 08-14-2003 at 11:27 AM.
Old 08-14-2003, 11:27 AM   #2
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Some Linux distros, including RH, do not automatically install kernel source to your hard drive when you install it.

You should look on your menu for an option to install additional packages and look for the one with the kernel source in it.

Good luck!
Old 08-14-2003, 11:29 AM   #3
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Cool, thanks for the tip...definitely didn't install that, will put in there from the source CD's
Old 08-21-2003, 10:27 AM   #4
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CompUSA brand WLAN Card in RH9

I noticed that you are running a IBM 600E. Can you tell me what Ethernet card you are using?
Old 08-21-2003, 10:56 AM   #5
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It is a CompUSA brand card, it's an in house store brand that they carry.
Old 02-19-2004, 09:21 AM   #6
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ethernet card

the compusa ethernet card works of the RTL8139 which should use the 8139too drivers
Old 02-19-2004, 03:55 PM   #7
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