So I installed linux (mandrake or mandriva)

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  1. Valence

    Valence Gustav Refugee

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    and it ran great... until I tried to configure my wireless setup. Turns out, Linux won't or doesn't have drivers for a ViewSonic WCPI-100 Wireless PCI nic. It recognizes it as such in the linux "device monitor" but doesn't have drivers. Won't or Can't find the windows drivers. Viewsonics site has no drivers period, much less linux drivers. I'm screwed :wtc: Now I gotta buy another wireless nic
     
  2. Ractoon

    Ractoon Shibumi in progress...

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    You may want to look into the ndiswrapper project on SourceForge. Since all wireless drivers (including windows) are made to a certain specification, all you need is a wrapper program to be able to run it in linux. Just find some Windows XP drivers for your card and run ndiswrapper on it. I'm still tweaking with it myself so take it with a grain of salt, but could save you some cash.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/ndiswrapper/

    Good luck!
     
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    Valence Gustav Refugee

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    ndiswrapper came with the distro but it keeps giving an error
     
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    Valence Gustav Refugee

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    I just downloaded it and burned it though. Going to try installing in later and hope that fixes it
     
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    millero Aluminum Member

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    Does the wireless card work in Windows? If it does, you can find out what drive Windows uses to make it run and use ndiswrapper to make that driver work in linux.
     
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    Valence Gustav Refugee

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    Yes it does work in windows. However when I try and configure the wireless nic and use the ndis wrapper it gives me an error, line 66 something along those lines. the ndis wrapper package may be corrupted, during install of mandriva, so I'm burning the app onto a cd from windows and going to boot into linux and try to reinstall the package, and then configure the wireless nic.
     
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    Valence Gustav Refugee

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    well fuck me if i know how to install the shit. why can't linux make nice executables like microsoft?
     
  8. Ractoon

    Ractoon Shibumi in progress...

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    make
    make install

    Should be instruction in the INSTALL file if you unpack the tarball.
     
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    Valence Gustav Refugee

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    the fucking instructions for installation are six pages long!
     
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    sholnay New Member

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    so? you should have known what you were getting in to with linux :)

    Read them, you'll probably learn a little AND next install will go easier :big grin:
     
  11. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    When using ndiswrapper, ALWAYS download the source code and compile it specifically for your system. It's really picky about kernel versions.

    It's a breeze though.
     

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