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Old 01-31-2008, 01:36 PM   #1
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netgear wg311t in opensuse 10.3

Hi all any ideas how i get running my pci wg311t from netgear in opensuse? Ubuntu did it off install but opensuse won't pick it up?

Any ideas (im a newbie btw so please be as simple as you can hehe).
Old 01-31-2008, 11:13 PM   #2
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you're going to have a lot of fun doing this, so get ready...

I recommend the Madwifi driver, which is one for the Atheros cards

you can download the source here:

and unzip it with ark or whatever (just remember where you put it!)

first of all, if you installed from the DVD, then don't pay attention to this section

if you didn't install from DVD, you need lots of external sources

you need to:
1. press Alt + F2

2. type in
kdesu /sbin/yast2 'repositories'
this will prompt you for a root password, the one the installation program specifically told you not to forget. Without this password, you can't do anything

/sbin/yast2 is YaST2 control center

'repositories' is the module name

3. Click the "Add" button at the bottom

4. Choose "specify URL..."

5. copy & paste this link into the box:

6. Name the source and click next

7. wait for it to do its thing and accept any licence agreement

8. Click "Finish"
what you just did was add an installation source for packages, if you ever have to add a source, just go through yast


next, we have to get the packages we need for madwifi to run

press Alt +F2 and type

kdesu /sbin/yast2 'sw_single'
it will ask for root's password again

sw_single is the module for Software Management

once here, search for kernel-source, wireless tools, glibc, make, gcc

you need the following packages:


click continue to the pop-up message, it is just informative

then click accept at the bottom

it will install the packages and may ask you to swap cd's
after so, it will run SuSEconfig, and just click no after finishing


after this, press Alt + F2 and type "konsole" into it.

once a white window has appeared, then type:

cd /<location of madwifi folder>
for example, mine was at ~/madwifi-

**The ~ is a wildcard that represents your home directory, use it in place of /home/<username> it save a bunch of typing!!**

cd stands for change directory

then type :

make && su
this means build the package, then switch to root

type root's password when prompted

again, root is the most powerful account in Linux, you have to power to seriously screw up your computer

the && just saves you an extra step, using && allows you to run multiple commands in just one line

after you are switched, you should see a red command line now
then type:

make install
and this will install the built files
Congratulations! you just installed the madwifi driver!(assuming you got no error messages) But our adventure into Linux is not over yet, after celebrating, press Alt + F2 and type in

kdesu /sbin/yast2 'lan'
before you do anything else, I find this card to work extremly well with NetworkManager, so you should go over to the Global Options tab
and under network setup method, select "User controlled with NetworkManager" ifup is command-line based and isn't very user friendly

after that go back to the "Overview" tab, you should see you Netgear card as Atheros Netgear... something like that.

highlight that card and click "configure" at the bottom

move over to the "Hardware" tab and look where it says module name.

It should say ath_pci, but if not, then change it.

once finished with that, click next and then input your settings. (don't worry about the encryption message) Then click next and then finish
as soon as you exit, press Alt + F2 again and this time, type:

this will only work if you enable networkmanager in yast

once the application is launched (if not already active) right-click and select your network name Sometime, it will say no wireless networks, this is not the case. Just right-click and click connect "to other network"
then type your network name and press ok.

It should connect after all this and good luck!
Sorry for the super log post, but it works better this way instead of finding a prebuilt package

Last edited by rabbit2345; 01-31-2008 at 11:16 PM.


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