Networking with Linux

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Here goes...

I've got an old dell optiplex GX1 running SuSE Linux 9.1. Before, it had WinXP Pro SP2 on it, so I bought a Belkin USB Network Adapter (Model #F5D7050) so I could go on the internet. But, now, I took out the windows and added suse. I want to use that belkin network adapter I bought for windows. Is there any place where I can find a driver or something compatible with Linux?
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I hopped over to http://www.linuxcompatible.org/ and did not find that specific model, however another Belkin USB adapter *does* function, using the Pegasus driver. (The F5D5050).

Of course, the older model is wired, and there are fewer drivers available for *nix systems with regard to wireless -- which is what your model is.

Luckily, there's NDIS Wrapper. NDIS is the Windows network driver API -- used in cardbus and some usb adapters. If you browse over to;
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ndiswrapper/
You will find the wrapper; compile and install that and I believe your Belkin is listed as a recent addition.

Good luck.
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yeah, ive heard about ndiswrapper before, but i saw it, got confused, and left. do you think you could guide me through the steps if it isnt a hassle for you?
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Well, I would say first, try to read the online docs and follow those steps. :)

Good luck. :)

Cheers.
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whoah, i dont know any of the vocab their talking about in the documentation

im 13, cut me some slack =]
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The ndiswrapper is included with Suse 9.1. Make sure it's enabled with Yast and then install the drivers from the manufacturer.

This link has some good tips:
http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2004/04/pohletz_ndiswrapper.html

Hope this helps.
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midgetsy wrote:
whoah, i dont know any of the vocab their talking about in the documentation

im 13, cut me some slack =]


I will do just that; I will endeavor to ensure not only your eventual success but increase your knowledge on this very subject.

Therefore I will step back, and let you read the docs, install, configure and learn from doing. ;)

*sniff* They grow up so fast....

Cheers.
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Xel02 wrote:
The ndiswrapper is included with Suse 9.1. Make sure it's enabled with Yast and then install the drivers from the manufacturer.

This link has some good tips:
http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2004/04/pohletz_ndiswrapper.html

Hope this helps.


yay. ive got suse 9.1...lets see....once im done ill tell you guys
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YO IM ALMOST THERE...
However http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/phpw ... x.php/List, the site to tell you where to get the drivers, tells me to fetch for the .inf and .sys files from the cd, but there are no .inf and .sys files in any directory. I've got a Belkin F5D7050. Now I'm gonna go to the Belkin Website to get a windows xp driver and see if that helps...one problem...its a .exe file, which linux doesnt support......o well, its worth a try
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okay, something went wrong...can someone help me...lol...ive asked 3 times to no avail, and ive looked at the instructions 4 times to no avail...the instructions that xel02 gave me (the link)....please?


one other thing. it also tells me to install the windows drivers...but theres a thing about that...the windows driver is a .exe file
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The exe is a self-extracting file so try the command in a console:
wine [driver.exe]
where [driver.exe] is obviously the driver. If that doesn't work try using the program "ark" to open the archive and just extract it.

Either way should get you the drivers.

Note. Wine is a windows emulator for linux and it comes installed with SuSe 9.1 and it allows you to run some windows programs.
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Just a recap. I downloaded the driver myself to test it out. Ark doesn't work in this case because inside the exe is just the setup program.

So you can try and install the drivers...I have no idea what's going to happen though. The command is still:

wine [driver.exe]

Good luck.

Note. You can try using ark, and try to find the inf file but my cursory glance didn't show anything of value.
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i tried using wine to install, however, it didnt work, nor did ark

i used the installation disk, though, not the driver from belkin.com

i will try that next
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nothing is working, please help
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The best answer I can offer is to install the exe file on a windows machine. Prior to that, you could do a search of all *.inf files. Copy the contents of the search to a text file.
Iinstall the exe, which will insert the drivers into the required location.
Do another search, find the new inf files by diffing the two text files.
Then use those inf files for ndiswrapper.

Good luck.

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Yea Daemonguy is right, if the Wine emulator won't install the drivers somewhere (as in extract them to someplace) then your basically stuck trying to get it from Windows.

If you don't have a windows partition you can ask a friend to install it and then have him/her send you the required files.

Finally, I've emailed Belkin support about it if I'll relay any messages they give me.

Good luck.
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thanks, ill try it on the weekend, lol, ive got homework to do and im also trying to learn the command prompt commands, if your wondering, all i know is:

netstat
del
md

lol
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Well you should also know:
cd
ping
su

And so on....there's lots of sites with a bunch of Unix command along with their manuals. Google is friend :D

Good luck with it though.

Note. Belkin hasn't replied yet...
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Two words; man pages.
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I have heard of the man pages in the unix book I was reading at Barnes and Noble. It was extremely informative. Unfortunately, you are all probably thinking about Unix, but I was talking about the command prompt in windows. But, I am very interested in the Unix commands as well...but after I read about MS-DOS and the command prompts etc. and after reading my javascript book

javascript is mad awesome. nice and simple. seems like i choose a good programming language to start with. although i could have done basic, but i did that in 4th grade already.

later. jsy.
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Alright got a response from Belkin:

Thank you for contacting Belkin Technical Support.

We understand that you are trying to install the network adapter on a
SuSe 9.1 Linux OS and the nidswrapper is also been installed.

Phillip, we currently do not have the Linux drivers of this adapter. But you can
download the drivers from any other Web Site. This F5D7050 adaptor uses the
Broadcom Chipset. You can download the drivers pertaining to this Chipset.

The linux community has developed drivers and you should be able to get them to
work by going to

http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader/wl ... icense.php.

LINUX drivers for wireless cards

http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader/

For information on installing the wireless card on LINUX. please refer to the
support article at http://web.belkin.com/support/kb/kb.asp?a=1512

NDIS wrapper tool can be used instead of drivers for 54g card:

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/

This should solve the problem.

Phillip, if you need further assistance, you can call us toll free at
800-223-5546.

Alternatively, you can contact our Online Chat Support by clicking the Option
'Online Chat' at the following URL:

http://web.belkin.com/support/networkingsupport.asp

Regards,

Austin McDonald
Belkin Technical Support

Hope this helps you.
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It did. However, it says my admin password for my comp is incorrect. I'm going crazy here. I set it, I remembered it, I wrote it on a piece of paper. OMG. So annoying.
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Do you mean the admin password for your Windows, or your root password for you linux?
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root password. sorry. i didnt know what it was called.
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So you forgot your root password....or something odd happened and your not typing in the correct password.

Open a text document and type in the alphabet and numbers make sure the keys you press are translated properly. If it's messed up go into Yast and make sure you have the correct keyboard map selected. (This is probably not the problem.)

I'll see if there's any way to recover your root password, but just in case you can't do you have any things you would like to keep on your system?
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Alright Google showed this:
http://www.aplawrence.com/Linux/lostlinuxpassword.html
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Linux/Linux_Administration/Q_20641404.html

The second one should work. Remember to scroll down to see the replies.

Good luck.

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