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I am a newbie to linux... I installed it yesterday and am really enjoying it. I am running off an older Dell laptop, but everything is working well. One problem... I cant connect to the internet. I use a speedstream 1021 networking card and Mandriva doesnt reconize it. It asks for a driver with a ndiswrapper. I cant do that because the driver is located inside of an .exe file. I have burn many disks of software and none of them were succesful. I have pcmcia-cs ready to go, but I dont know what to do with it. I also have cabextract burnt to disk, but I couldn't figure out how to use it. Any suggestions would be great. Please try to be clear and don't go code monkey. Thanks.



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Okay, here is the output:


intel -agp-	  Intel Corp 440BX/ZX?DX  -  82443BX/ZX/DX Host Bridge
agpgart-		 Intel Corp 440BX/ZX?DX  -  82443BX/ZX/DX AGP Bridge
yenta socket-  Texas Inst. PC11225 (BRIDGE_CARDBUS)
yenta socket-  Texas Inst. PC11225 (BRIDGE_CARDBUS)
unknown-		Intel Corp 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (BRIDGE_OTHER)
ata_piix-		  Intel Corp 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (STORAGE_IDE)
uhci-hcd-		 Intel Corp 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (SERIAL_USB)
sonypi-			Intel Corp 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (BRIDGE_OTHER)
sns-es1968-	 ESS Tech ES1978 Maestro 2E (MULTIMEDIA_AUDIO)
Card:ATI Mach / Range-Based cards:  ATI Tech Inc Range Mobility P/M AGP 2x
hub-				 Linux 2.6.17-13mdvlegacy uhci_hcd UHCI Host Controller (Hub)


There you go!

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The card was plugged in. . .


I have to go to my brothers play now, but I will be back tommarow.


Tommarow, I will be able to devote more time in to getting it to work.


Also, if you would like to post a card that works (aka plug and play) with linux I will make a purchase.


I really don't want to reinstall Windows so I will do everything in my power to get Linux to work.


Thanks, I hope to talk to you tommarow!


The distro I am using is Mandriva One (Gnome), by the way.

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I'm not sure if that's a prism chipset or an acx100? So I need you to remove the card, open a terminal:


enter your password, then

tail -f /var/log/messages

insert your card. Now post the output that happens after you insert the card. You can stop it with Ctrl + c

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Or should I keep trying to make it work?

You should be able to make it work.


You are going to have to find, d/l and install pcmciautils-014-3mdv2007.0 on your system. (use google) I understand that you don't have an internet connection, so you will have to use a flash drive or something to transfer it to your laptop. Then as root install it with 'rpm -i package-name' (replace package-name with the real name of the rpm you d/l).


then with the card in, give me the output of:

pccardctl ident

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Okay, I will burn it to a disc and install it. I understand that, but I am a little confuzed about installing. Do I double click on the rpm file to install it the way I would do in Windows? Or is it more complicated? If you could just elaborate a little on installin I would be greatful. Once again, thanks.

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As Mhn has noted, you can double click the rpm. It's also good (imho), to understand the command line interface. Here are some links to help you with Mandriva:

The MUB wiki:




The Mandriva wiki:


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