Wireless PCMCIA query

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bungie77

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G'day everyone! This is my first post and it looks like a really nice site here.

Now I've recently installed Mandrake Linux on an old laptop I have here (which is currently dual booted with Windows XP Home) so I'm a bit of a noob as far as Linux is concerned, although I want to learn more about it. I was wondering (since the drivers for my wireless pcmcia card were purely windows) is there any way of getting this to work on mandrake?

The card is a Belkin 802.11g Notebook Network Card, part # F5D7011
I'm simply trying to connect it to a D-Link DWL-2000AP+ Access Point to share a DSL connection etc.

Any help would be really appreciated as I'm trying to research the topic now!
Cheers
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You can use NDISWrapper to install the Windows driver. Make sure you read the instructions for ndiswrapper very carefully. ome versions of Mandrake already have ndiswrapper installed- check if you have it before installing a new copy.

You can get the driver you need here: http://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R81433.EXE
Unzip it using the command "unzip -a R81433.EXE"
The files you want are in the "AR" directory. When you do ndiswrapper -i, use the file "bcmwl5a.inf".
 

bungie77

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Well I said I'd get back to you... and I was on my way to trying your advice when my HDD died :( So it's either get a new HDD (I'm 16 and have no regular income) or bye bye laptop. Thanks anyway :)
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