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Old 02-19-2005, 05:43 PM   #1
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Getting a wireless network connection (Complete newbee!!!)


Despite being pretty damn good on computers (2nd year degree) I havent really used linux before.

So far:
Have installed fedora 2 and despite install java have failed to actually successully use it.

I'm now on a wireless connection and thus need to get this running on linux before I can do anything else. I've looked into a wrapper thing for windows drivers for it and basicly dont really have any confidence in following the tutorial and geting it right!

Now there are a few options I have, I've heard that fedora 3 is better for wireless would it make my life a lot easier if i upgraded? Secondly is this wrapper thing my best bet? Would it be easier to go for some other method? My wireless card does appear to be in the list for the wrapper its a Trust: Speedshare turbo pro wireless pci adapter (13635). I'm also on an intel pentium 4 (incase that helps).

Any other advice?
Old 02-19-2005, 07:48 PM   #2
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Maybe the fedora core 3 could be a choice if your are not very familiar with linux...

But before go to fc3, you should try a couple of things, to see if you can manage to put your wireless card up!

First, you should do the command "lspci", and check if your wireless card pears there... otherwise, you have to upgrade your system! And maybe before the next steps... you should install fc3...

If ok... the next step (and admiting that you can will ndiswrapper, the program that uses the windows drivers), you should download one of the latest versions of ndiswrapper (one advice... choose the second or third newer one...).

You compile ndiswrapper (just doing "make install" after decompress it, always as root).

After this... you should know where you have your windows drivers... the directory in the windows partition... or just copy the .inf file for a specific place, but remember that place (ndiswrapper should require more files... but you just put all that files, asked by ndiswrapper, in the same folder and it should work!).

ok... The next step... "ndiswrapper -i <path_to_the_file/<driver_name>.inf>"

After this step you should get an info, saying that the driver has been installed, and the hardware is present on the system... you can see it by typing "ndiswrapper -l"...

If everything goes ok until here... just do "ndiswrapper -m" to install the ndiswrapper module, for future use... and to finalize "modprobe ndiswrapper"!!

After this... you should have some result in this command "ifconfig"... something like wlan0... that is you wireless interface!!

Ok... I think as a first try this could be sufficient... but keep contact... and say how is it going!

See you around!



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