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    Total linux noob. couple quick ???

    I have mandrake 10.0 which im told is an older mandriva. I plan on upgrading once i can get online. My network card doesnt work on linux so can anyone recomend a usb 802.11b network adapter that works. i dont want to spend more than $75.

    is there a way to rip cd with the softwear linux comes with or do i need another program.

    is there an upgrade i can get to use my external hdd formated as NTFS or with i have to reformat it?

    thank you

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    Linux Guru fingal's Avatar
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    Jul 2003
    Birmingham - UK
    Not sure about all your questions but cd ripping is easy with Linux. I use Grip, but you have to install an mp3 encoder if that's what you want (Ogg Vorbis is there by default). I use an encoder called Lame.

    3Com do good network cards
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    Linux User truoc444's Avatar
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    i recommend any wireless card with an atheros chipset. madwifi driver works great. i got a generic one on ebay for $30 including shipping that is a b/g.
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    Linux User Giles's Avatar
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    May 2005
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    My wireless card recommendation is any with a Prism chipset - I've never had to do more than copy the firmware from the Prism 54 project to the appropriate directory(s) - in my case /etc/firmware and /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware.

    Probably the best place to find out what chipset a card uses is the list on the ndiswrapper wiki, as the list at is getting a bit out of date.

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