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    I got Mandriva 10.1 installed and my wireless network pci adapter drivers were not recongized so when I tried to put in the driver disk it wouldn't work. I installed it on a different hard drive and I am using windows at the moment, thats how I am posting by the way. The wireless adapter is a netgear 54 mbps wireless pci adapter. 32-bit PCI WG311v2. If that will help. Also once I get my wireless card working where can I get applications for my linux operating system like WINE or stuff like that.

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    This brought a smile to my face. Everyone runs into a problem or two somewhere down the road, often with wireless network cards as those who make them are such pricks with the documentation and keeping the design constant.

    Anyway. I looked up your card (very perceptive of you to give the make and model of the card, makes my job easier) and found that it has native Linux support. What that means in this case is that you won't have to be using the nDISwrapper tool, which uses the drivers for windows and translates the instructions for use on Linux (kind of anyway).

    The important thing about wireless cards is what chipset they use to run. The problem is that the box of the card doesn't give the chipset name, and the manufatures have a nasty habbit of changing the chipset without telling anyone, or changing the model number to account for it. Makes shit difficult. There is a site that attempts to keep a list of cards and drivers (http://linux-wless.passys.nl/), and they do a decent job, so I used that as my reference. From there, I found that it uses a TexasInsturment chipset, which uses the driver found here.

    http://acx100.sourceforge.net/

    Download their latest tarball of the driver, and that should be what you need.

    Unfortunatly, their How TO wiki seems to be down at the moment, so I can't tell you how to install it just yet. I'll look around for an alturnate guide in the meantime and edit this post with what I find.
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    Ok thank you also one other problem I am having is that I can't do a multi os boot. I have to change the boot devices in the bios everytime if I want to switch os's Some people said to use Lilo, and some said grub, but they are all giving me a handache. Anyone know a simple solution?

    Also I ain't sure how to download those drivers. I ain't sure what to do about that

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    I'm still trying to find info while keeping up with some of the other questions, so no answer on that yet.

    Are you telling me that you didn't install either grub or lilo?

    Yes, you do need to install one of the two. I know how Grub works, so I can help you with that if it is installed. One of the two should have been, even if you didn't tell the installer that you wanted to boot two systems. What happens when you boot to linux? Do you get a message saying to press a key to enter a menu with a count down? That is how Grub and Lilo operate a lot of the time off the startup.

    If you know how your partitions ended up being setup, it would help to know that info as well. Go to a terminal and enter this...
    [code]fdisk -l[/code]
    Tell me the output of that command, as well as if you have a /boot/grub/grub.conf file on your system.
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    Ok I looked into the control panel and I love it. I didn't realize how easy it was. I didn't even have to download those drivers. I looked into the boot configure and they have grub and lilo installed already. I got my connection working and I am on my linux hard drive

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    Great! I hate dealing with wireless cards!

    I still need to see the output of the fdisk command I gave you though. That and I need you to make sure that you are using GRUB. I would assume that if you saw it in the control pannel, then there is a place to check which one you want to use.
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    Ok heres what I got

    [matt@localhost ~]$ fdisk -1
    bash: fdisk: command not found

    Also I enabled grub as the boot loader in the control panel. Now what?

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    I think I am going to reinstall mandriva because now its only going to command line i think i messed up a setting So T_T

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    OK.

    I have a new idea if fdisk doesn't work (although I don't know why it's not there, but whatever). I need you to tell me the contents of the file 'fstab' in /etc directory.
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    Ok once I reinstall mandriva I will try that thanks

 

 
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