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Hi guys, I am a linux newbie and just settup linux OS on my laptop. I got a problem with my pcmcia wireless network card. The card is not very ...
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    pcmcia card doesn't work..


    Hi guys,
    I am a linux newbie and just settup linux OS on my laptop. I got a problem with my pcmcia wireless network card. The card is not very popular (SparkLAN WL-311FA), there is no information about the chipset used on this card. I use dump_cis to see the card manufacturer / ID and other information, however, this card is not event seen as present by linux pcmcia card service. This card is working on my pc running windows. On freebsd, I can see the kernel message showing the card manufacturer information when the card is inserted. What do you suggest for me to do? Please advice. I hope this forum is the correct place for me to ask this question.

    Many thanks,

    wayut

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    you can use ndiswrapper to get it to work. ndiswrapper will use an windows driver. the syntax is the following: ndiswrapper -i *.inf

    where *.inf is the windows driver - must have the inf extension.
    check if it working by typing: modprobe ndiswrapper

    if it is ok you can add ndiswrapper to kernel by typing: ndiswrapper -m

    or following some of this indications:
    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/pos...67.html#195267

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    Hi,
    Thank you for your advice, now I have used the ndiswrapper to load the windows driver, and it seems successfull. However, still no sign of card detection.

    Regards,

    wayut

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    you have to add pcmica support in your kernel. And you probably need to download a package called. pcmcia-cs. You can find the package here:

    http://freshmeat.net/projects/pcmcia-cs/
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    then type lspci to see if your card is recognized. If lspci doesn't work try as root if not then you need to downlaod pci-utilities package.

    found here: http://freshmeat.net/projects/pciutils/
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    hi all
    i have bought the same card 'SparkLAN' 311-FA, on the box is noticed
    that it supported by linux, but it seems that it isn't.
    it don't have any linux stuff on the cd, on the www.sparklan.com/support.html
    there is no linux support for this card.
    lspci shows it as :
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Unknown device 16af:0002 (rev 01)
    i was unable to find in the internet such PCI device ID.

    cardctl shows this:
    Socket 0:
    3.3V CardBus card
    function 0: [ready]

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance.

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