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Hi, I've been trying to install a Netgear WAB501 wireless card on my dualboot laptop (WinXP Pro/Mandrake 10.1). The card connects fine when I'm on WinXP. On the linux side, ...
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    Installing Netgear WAB501 wireless card on Mqandrake 10.1


    Hi,

    I've been trying to install a Netgear WAB501 wireless card on my dualboot laptop (WinXP Pro/Mandrake 10.1). The card connects fine when I'm on WinXP.

    On the linux side, The Mandrake Control Center (Harddrak) sees the card but I can't connect to my wireless router with it. Any suggestions on what I need to do? Thanks.

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    open up a terminal and type:
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    su -
    ifconfig eth0 up
    dhclient eth0
    replacing eth0 with the card name (i.e. wlan0, eth1, etc)

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    Thanks Donald - one more silly question - how do I find out the name of the wireless card? I tried eth1, ath0, wlan0 etc. and they don't work.

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    Code:
    ifconfig -a

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    OK, typed ifconfig -a and got the folowing output (section A):

    So which one is my wireless card? The hardware details (from the Mndrakelinux Control Center window is shown is section B below:
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SECTION A

    [root@localhost root]# ifconfig -a

    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:03:47:B5:83:F5
    inet addr:192.168.0.5 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    inet6 addr: fe80::203:47ff:feb5:83f5/64 Scope:Link
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:2728 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:2794 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:1753570 (1.6 Mb) TX bytes:517252 (505.1 Kb)
    Interrupt:11 Base address:0xf000

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:102 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:102 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:6430 (6.2 Kb) TX bytes:6430 (6.2 Kb)

    sit0 Link encap:IPv6-in-IPv4
    NOARP MTU:1480 Metric:1
    RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SECTION B

    Identification
    Vendor: ‎Atheros Communications Inc.
    Description: ‎AR5211 802.11a/b/g Mini-PCI Wireless Adapter
    Media class: ‎NETWORK_ETHERNET
    Connection
    Bus: ‎PCI
    Bus PCI #: ‎6
    PCI device #: ‎0
    PCI function #: ‎0
    Vendor ID: ‎5772
    Device ID: ‎18
    Sub vendor ID: ‎4997
    Sub device ID: ‎17408
    Misc
    Module: ‎ath_pci

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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    unless you have another nic in there, it looks like eth0 is your wireless

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    Donald,

    Sorry, I had to go out for a few hours and just got back. The eth0, I thought, was the ethernet card which is specned. below:

    Identification
    Vendor: ‎Intel Corp.
    Description: ‎EtherExpress PRO/100 SP Mobile Combo Adapter
    Media class: ‎NETWORK_ETHERNET
    Connection
    Bus: ‎PCI
    Bus PCI #: ‎0
    PCI device #: ‎3
    PCI function #: ‎0
    Vendor ID: ‎32902
    Device ID: ‎4649
    Sub vendor ID: ‎32902
    Sub device ID: ‎8709
    Misc
    Module: ‎eepro100
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------

    Any thoughts on what the wireless card would be called? How could I find that out?

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    Check out the cardctl command.

    http://pcmcia-cs.sourceforge.net/man/cardctl.8.html

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    try booting with the card in place then do
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    ifdown eth0
    ifdown eth1
    ifup eth1
    these are seperate commands and you should get some kind of response from each one
    and see what happens
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    Hi copycon,

    Followed your advice, rebooted, typed the commands you suggested and got the following results:

    ifdown eth0 - took down my wired etehrnet connection.

    ifdown eth1 - didn't do anything, suggested that usage is ifdown <devicename>, which I presume implies Linux doesn't see a device named eth1.

    ifup eth0 - got the ethernet connection running again.

    I am stumped on how to find the devicename for the pcmcia wireless card. I've posted the details of the Harddrak info on the card previously (SECTION B of post no.4) . Can you please take a look and see if you can figure out the device namke? Thanks in advance.

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