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I am rather new to linux, and have installed Fedora Core 4 (no gui) on an old emachine. The computer doesn't have an ethernet card, but has a AWLH5026 AirLink ...
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    ndis wrapper problems


    I am rather new to linux, and have installed Fedora Core 4 (no gui) on an old emachine. The computer doesn't have an ethernet card, but has a AWLH5026 AirLink wireless card. Currently I have no internet access on the box, so yum is out of the question.

    My problem is as follows:

    1: no internet access on FC4 computer.
    2: only way to get access is through WLH5026 AirLink wireless card.
    3: need ndiswrapper to do this.
    4: followed tutorial at [HOW TO] Installing Wireless Networking - Neowin Forums, but encountered errors.

    Here are the details of the errors and successes:

    Type: ls -l /lib/modules/`uname -r`/misc/
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2328610 Jul 31 14:10 ndiswrapper.ko

    whereis ndiswrapper loadndisdriver wlan_radio_averatec_5110hx
    ndiswrapper: /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper /etc/ndiswrapper /usr/share/man/man8/ndiswraper.8
    loadndiswrapper:
    wlan_radio_averatec_5110hx:

    ndiswrapper -l
    rt61: driver installed
    device (1814:0401) present

    /sbin/modprobe ndiswrapper
    FATAL: Error inserting ndiswrapper (lib/modules/2.6.11-1.1369_FC4/misc/ndiswrapper.ko): Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg)

    ndiswrapper -m
    module configuration already contains alias directive

    I went to the ndiswrapper-1.47 directory and entered:

    make
    make-C driver
    make[1]: Entering directory `home/william/ndiswrapper-1.47/driver`
    make -C /lib/modules/2.6.11-1.1369_FC4-i686/build SUBDIRS=/home/william/ndisprapper-1.47/driver
    Building modules, stage 2.
    MODPOST
    make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.11-1.1369_FC4-i686`

    *** WARNING: This kernel seems to use 4K stack size option (CONFIG_4KSTACKS); many Windows drivers will not work with this option enabled. Disable CONFIG_4KSTACKS option, recompile and install kernel


    make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/william/ndiswrapper-1.47/driver`
    make -C utils
    make[1]: Entering directory `/home/william/ndiswrapper-1.47/utils`
    make[1]: Nothing to be done for `all`.
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/william/ndiswrapper-1.47/utils`

    make install
    make-C driver install
    make[1]: Entering directory `/home/william/ndiswrapper-1.47/driver`
    make -C /lib/modules/2.6.11-1.1369_FC4-i686/build SUBDIRS=/home/william/ndisprapper-1.47/driver
    Building modules, stage 2.
    MODPOST
    make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.11-1.1369_FC4-i686`


    *** WARNING: This kernel seems to use 4K stack size option (CONFIG_4KSTACKS); many Windows drivers will not work with this option enabled. Disable CONFIG_4KSTACKS option, recompile and install kernel

    echo /lib/modules/2.6.11-1.1369_FC4/misc
    /lib/modules/2.6.11-1.1369_FC4/misc
    mkdir -p /lib/modules/2.6.11-1.1369_FC4/misc
    install -m 0644 ndiswrapper.ko /lib/modules/2.6.11-1.1369_FC4/misc
    /sbin/depmod -a 2.6.11-1369_FC4 -b /
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/william/ndiswrapper-1.47/driver`
    make -C utils install
    make[1]: Entering directory `/home/william/ndiswrapper-1.47/utils`
    install -D -m 755 loadndisdriver /sbin/loadndisdrier
    install -D -m 755 ndiswrapper /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper
    install -D -m 755 ndiswrapper-buginfo /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper-buginfo

    NOTE: Windows driver configuration file format das changed since 1.5. You must re-install Windows drivers if they were installed before.
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/william/ndiswrapper-1.47/utils`

    Then it installs the man pages without issue.

    when I run dmseg, the only thing about ndiswrapper is:

    ndiswrapper: Unknown symbol task_nice



    Any further info can be posted at your request. Thank you for your time, good day.

    Edit: To those who would refer me to manuals/tutorials, don't bother; I've probably read it. So far I've invested 10+ hours into this, and just want someone to explain what I need to do, in as much detail as they are willing.

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    Did you try updating the kernel? You seem to be using the most recent ndiswrapper. I'd try using an OS that has a newer kernel. Perhaps Puppy Linux. Perhaps a version of Feather Linux. Maybe Scientific Linux. I'm not too sure what you would choose. Something light, I suppose. What is the box's specs?

    It takes time to learn about Linux, its file system, and many other things. It's uncommon for most people to quickly setup ndiswrapper on just about any Linux OS.

    p.s. tisk tisk on making multiple threads about this.

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    Sorry, I didn't know that was bad form.

    Processor: 633Mhz
    Ram: 64MB
    HDD: 10 or 15GB
    Other: CD reader, DVD reader, floppy drive.

    I hadn't tried to update the kernel; I seem to remember downloading this version of ndiswrapper because of my kernel (can't be sure though; it's been a while).

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