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    Wireless PCMCIA problem


    i purchased a belkin F5D7010 the other day to work on my old compaq laptop. but so far no success at all.

    the card doesnt display any lights, but Its not dead because i tried it on windows xp before i reformatted to linux and it sort of worked, the drivers wouldnt install but xp identified it.

    anyways I keep finding different guides and such, belkin doesnt have linux drivers to download. I need to start from scratch and anything that i need downloaded will have to be burnt to a cd and transfered. the laptop has slackware 10.2 and is using xfce

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    Have you used any other pcmcia devices before? It's possible you don't have pcmcia services running. Regardless it is possible that you may need ndiswrapper to run the card, wifi support is still patchy in linux. I'm not sure if Slack supplies ndiswrapper out of the box , but you should be able to get it at http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net

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    Quote Originally Posted by curseoftheearth
    i purchased a belkin F5D7010 the other day to work on my old compaq laptop. but so far no success at all.

    the card doesnt display any lights, but Its not dead because i tried it on windows xp before i reformatted to linux and it sort of worked, the drivers wouldnt install but xp identified it.

    anyways I keep finding different guides and such, belkin doesnt have linux drivers to download. I need to start from scratch and anything that i need downloaded will have to be burnt to a cd and transfered. the laptop has slackware 10.2 and is using xfce
    Assuming you do have pcmcia support as suggested by bigtomrodney, try madwifi, the F5D7010 is an atheros based chipset, same thing I have. Very easy to configure. Of course you'll have to work out the dependancies.
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    ok it appears that slackware doesnt have enough compiling power default to do either of these as i get a bunch of errors when i try to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curseoftheearth
    ok it appears that slackware doesnt have enough compiling power default to do either of these as i get a bunch of errors when i try to make.

    Heya curseoftheearth,
    I assure you Slackware has the compiling power and then some.
    If you can post the error messages I'm sure someone can help you figure it out easy enough.
    I found this from belkin.

    Setup of the Wireless card in Linux

    Tested with Red Hat 7.1, 7.3 and Mandrake 8.1 If you are using a stock
    debian setup (any version) get yourself a 2.4 kernel and modules (2.4.14,
    2.4.16, and 2.4.17) or compile your own.

    Make sure you have wireless-tools, and pcmcia-cs installed (these are
    packages for your distro)

    Edit: /etc/pcmica/config, search for the stanza of your card. Replace
    whatever module it is loading now (usually wvlan_cs), with orinoco_cs. For
    the Belkin Card.

    card "Intersil PRISM2 11 Mbps Wireless Adapter"
    manfid 0x0156, 0x0002
    bind "orinoco_cs"

    Edit: /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts, for your card, and for the all inclusive
    entry you should enter the correct ESSID for the network you intend to use, and the correct channel for your network and all that. Channel 6 seems to be default on most hardware. Here's an example of something similar to what you
    should have.

    # orinoco_cs (Intersil PRISM2 11 Mbps Wireless Adapter)
    *,*,*,00:00:F0:*|*,*,*,00:02:78:*)
    INFO=" orinoco_cs "
    ESSID="WLAN"
    MODE="Managed"
    CHANNEL="6"
    RATE="auto"
    ;;

    Edit: /etc/pcmcia/network.opts, and enter the correct ip address, and
    gateway information for your network, or simply rely on DHCP.

    case "$Address" in
    *,*,*,*,*)
    DHCP="y"
    ;;
    esac

    Now restart pcmcia services. (/etc/init.d/pcmcia restart

    If it doesn't work

    tail -f /var/log/syslog then put the card in, Make sure all the Settings are
    Correct

    if syslog looks ok, run iwconfig. Make Sure you associating with the correct
    ESSID

    if iwconfig looks alright, run ifconfig. make sure your ip address is
    correct.

    Linux software drivers for Belkin network adapters are developed
    independently by third-party developers who support the Linux open source
    philosophy. Belkin is not responsible for guaranteeing the compatibility of its adapters with Linux, since it does not control how or by whom network
    drivers are developed.
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    the first five lines don't have any errors and they are about entering /driver
    after that it says

    In file included from ntoskernel.h:49,
    from hal.c:24:
    winnt_types,h:126:2: #error "gcc 3.4 or newer should be used for compiling this module"
    In file included from hal.c:24:
    ntoskernel.h:580: error: syntax error before "wfastcall"
    ntoskernel.h:580: warning: type defaults to 'int' in declaration of 'wfastcall'
    ntoskernel.h:580: warning: data definition has no type or storage class

    **continues till 599**

    hal.c:122: error: syntax error before "KIRQL"
    hal.c:128: error: syntax error before "void"
    hal.c:134: error: syntax error before "KIRQL"
    hal.c:140: error: syntax error before "void"
    hal.c:146: error: syntax error before "void"
    hal.c:156: error: syntax error before "void"
    make[1]: *** [hal.o] Error 1
    make[1]: Leaving directory '/home/curse/ndiswrapper-1.22/driver'
    make: *** [all] Error 2


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    looks like you need to update GCC.
    gcc 3.4 or newer should be used for compiling this module
    not sure if it will solve all your errors, but it's a start.
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