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Thursday, April 20th, 2006

FC5 and Wireless Card

I got a little more time tonight to try checking the suggestions from cyclopropene, but not enough to answer his questions, so my FC5 machine is still not connected. I did go back and found that I had more notes that look like they went up to the point that I got the card working with the 2.6.15 kernel, but I’ve tinkered with so many things since then, I’m afraid I’ve destroyed any chances that I might be able to retrace my steps. I’m using a mix of line commands, hand edits of files, and the gui for system-config-network and NetworkManager, which seems a recipe for disaster for someone who doesn’t quite know exactly what they’re doing. I remember the last thing I did that made it all work last time – I used NetworkManager to “Connect to another wireless network” and typed in my SSID and WEP key. But at that point I must have properly loaded the primary and secondary firmware. I got my wish, but I’m still having a problem with wlan0 and wifi0 being disabled after running the firmware loader. And the configurations in system-config-network don’t match the output of iwconfig, either, which seems highly suspicious.

Thanks to my previous posts of frustration, if you Google fc5 dwl-520, now my blog comes up as the second website. So one of the experts I can turn to for help is – me! That’s soooo encouraging!

Posted by Greg in Hardware & Drivers, Networking, OS


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2 Responses to “FC5 and Wireless Card”

  1. Dane Hershberger says:

    One suggestion: On my machine, when I insert a wireless card, it pretty much just works.

    Of course, I’m using Windows…

  2. Greg says:

    Hee he, he…

    Yes, Dane, I’m not surprised that you couldn’t restrain yourself there. And I’ll be the first to admit that getting wireless cards, particularly cheapo wireless cards, to work with Linux can be a hassle – they are the Achilles’ heel of Linux installs.

    But if you’ve followed my writings on this subject, you may recall that I started off with a newly-built box and plugged in a used hard drive with two pre-installed operating sytems – Windows and RedHat. You want to guess which one handled that boot up better? The only thing that didn’t work right away was the wireless card in Linux. I still don’t have the Windows partition working properly.

    Yes, I’m getting a crash course in stuff that I should be learning anyway, and when I do get it working, I’ll also be able to use the card as an AP as well a client.