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I recently bought a gateway laptop with a Marvell TopDog 802.11 b/g/n wireless card. I am running Sabayon 3.3 and I cannot find any way to install my driver. I ...
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    Sabayon wireless card -need driver


    I recently bought a gateway laptop with a Marvell TopDog 802.11 b/g/n wireless card. I am running Sabayon 3.3 and I cannot find any way to install my driver. I tried ndiswrapper, but it gives me the following message:

    localhost Desktop # ndiswrapper -i mrvw147.sys
    installing mrvw147.sys ...
    couldn't get manufacturer section - installation may be incomplete

    Does that mean ndiswrapper doesn't support my card? If so, what should I do?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Carl

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    Make sure the *.inf file, *.sys file and any *.bin files files are all in one directory. But you must install the *.inf not the *.sys. Check here for more info.
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    Well, I would but all I can find in my system is a .sys file. Should I try to extract that using an .exe extractor? If so, where would I get such an extractor?

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    You can extract an *.exe file both with winzip and winrar (most common applications for extracting)
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    I'll try winzip - Thanks

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    Well, I tried the .inf file, but for some reason it still says "couldn't find manufacturer section." I guess the card just isn't supported under ndiswrapper yet. Everything I've read so far says that the card is so new that there really isn't much support in terms of Linux use.

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    That's true. Mac user's are also facing problems with this card. Patience
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    driver help

    Ok one of the things that few know about is what a driver really does,and that a driver is a driver.

    that said, I spent about a half hour researching this card (It's chip set!)

    now NETGEAR has bought in on this technoloigy (chip set) i didn't find it on there site in down loads for a linux driver.

    BUT if they have one it should work or could be mod'ed to work.
    you can call them/// the'll also send full disks out.


    http://www.tmcnet.com/news/2006/04/07/1551274.htm


    UPDATE
    netgear site:http://kbserver.netgear.com/inquira/...er_id=62261414

    wnr854t rangemax router wn511t adapter card

    this is a gnu driver page etc. thanks

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    Yeah, I've been trying to review .inf codes for drivers, and maybe find similarities. Thank you for the information! I should be able to mod the netgear card, since i know that draft n ieee technologies cant differ incredibly. Thanks again!! Much Appreciated!

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    well, i think i might be on to something...

    i know how to open an .inf file to modify it. what if i were to modify its contents so that everything that identifies the driver (model, operating system, version) is erased and replaced with the model information of a driver that is known to work with ndiswrapper? or am i just wishfully thinking?

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