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Old 03-11-2004, 07:21 PM   #1
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robotics pci wireless card 5416

hello everyone,

i m a windows user and i decided to switch to linux... but i find that there are some issues very hard to deal with in linux.

i m a IT professional on networks and windows (...but newbie in linux).

for the moment i m trying to install my network(s) card(s) but with no results.

i ve got two cards: one wireless robotics 5416 pci turbo adapter and a built in network card realtek rtl8139/810x familly fast ethernet nic.

i installed mandrake 9.2 version on an amd 2500+.

the problem is:

first, the system apparently found the build in card but when i tried to configure and to launch a network connection nothing works. i can ping the but when i m trying to ping my getaway it said: no network availlable. even when i tried to ping the address i gave to it it says the same:

i tried automatic and manual configs. nothing works.

second, i disabled in bios the network card and i only let the wireless one.

the system see it but it doesn t install it. i tried to install the drivers with driverloader-1.64_k2.4.22_10mdk-1mdk.i586.rpm but when it asked me for .inf file, i can t find it on windows cd because the setup program uses an .exe. installer.

i m desesperate... i d like to switch to linux but it s a new world... help me to succed please and i ll thanks the linux community...

Old 03-12-2004, 03:37 AM   #2
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Try downloading and running the .exe driver installer in windows.

If you have trouble finding the .inf file, then maybe you can try running Filemon available from right before you install the windows driver to see what .inf files and other files are written out.
Old 03-13-2004, 12:59 PM   #3
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detecting ethernet

Not sure if this will solve your problem, but it may sort of skirt around it. I run Mandrake 9.2 and it NEVER boots up with my default network address. I wrote a script to get around this. It takes a few minutes to boot up, (yes, minutes!) but once it's up the script runs and I have an internet connection. Here's how:

echo "Configuring Network...."
ifconfig eth0 netmask up
route add default gw eth0

Tunr this into an executable (chmod +x <filename>) and away you go.
As i said this is a workaround, I'm still trying to get my kernal to recognise the default addresses of gateway and my router but to no avail.

Have a look at the man pages for commands 'ifconfig' and 'route'.

Hope this is of use.


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