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    Linksys wmp54g drivers


    I have a wmp54g wireless card. but i can't get the drivers to install on fc5. does anyone know what i can do? i searched, and tried some of the things, but none worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert951
    I have a wmp54g wireless card. but i can't get the drivers to install on fc5. does anyone know what i can do? i searched, and tried some of the things, but none worked.
    Hello,

    Driver insallation for your wireless, hope these steps work for you:

    Make sure you have kernel sources installed. On RedHat and I think you can just use the Add/Remove Applications menu item located under System Settings. Or just get the kernel source rpm and install that first. If you have the sources installed you can proceed with the driver installation which will build the module.

    You also need Perl-CGI

    Install perl-CGI source package by running

    rpm -Uhv /mnt/cdrom/RedHat/RPMS/perl-CGI-2.81-88.i386.rpm

    The RPM is on second CD I think.

    Place the driverloader-1.42-1.i386.rpm somewhere (anywhere) on your drive and run this command as root:

    rpm -Uhv /where/you/put/the/driverloader-1.42-1.i386.rpm

    This will install the package and run a compilation script that comes with it. It will ask you for the kernel sources location defaulting to what it thinks it is. Again: I hope you have them installed else you can not get any further.

    Setting your wmp54g wireless nic to start on boot

    To make sure that the card properly starts and stops at boot/shutdown time you need to do some manual settings: open /etc/rc.local file in a text editor and add one line in there:

    modprobe driverloader

    That would be the last line in the file. Then open your
    /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
    and set
    ONBOOT=yes
    (lower case 'yes')
    RATE=54Mb/s

    Just in case. Here is what your /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 should look like (I removed my access point and the encription stuff for security also the MAC you see is bogus enter your MAC and access points (duh))

    # Please read /usr/share/doc/initscripts-*/sysconfig.txt
    # for the documentation of these parameters.
    USERCTL=no
    PEERDNS=yes
    GATEWAY=
    TYPE=Wireless
    DEVICE=eth0
    HWADDR=00:5c:91:60:2c:99
    BOOTPROTO=dhcp
    NETMASK=
    ONBOOT=yes
    DHCP_HOSTNAME=nautilus
    IPADDR=
    NAME=
    DOMAIN=
    ESSID=YOUR_ACCESS_POINT_STRING
    CHANNEL=1
    MODE=Managed
    KEY=s:
    RATE=54Mb/s


    Save the file and run

    dldrstop

    Since the driver loader was not started at boot time. Once it stops type

    reboot


    Note that if you do not stop the dldr it will cause your hard drive to lock and it will not unmount on reboot, so you must stop it first. If you have done the last steps then you would not need to stop it the next time you boot your system. The start and stop will happen automatically.

    If you update your kernel you have to rebuild the module again.

    The restarting of thet network: /etc/init.d/network restart will not restart anything. It will stop the card and start the loopback. So with this card you have to reboot all the time to get new IP or if you change something on the router.

    Regards,
    -JG-

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    hi i'm new to linux and i have the same wireless card and i have instaled fedora 6.
    the steps you said are the same?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by daffyrho
    hi i'm new to linux and i have the same wireless card and i have instaled fedora 6.
    the steps you said are the same?

    thanks
    They should be. However, in the future please start your own threads.
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