Just created an account here to get hopefully get some assistance from you Linux experts
OK I have spent the entire afternoon trying to get my Belkin F5D-7000 PCI WLAN card to work in my HP dc5100SFF PC now running OpenSUSE 11.4, and I have been partially successful, but have gotten stuck.
I read up on NDISwrapper and have got that successfully installed by following the instructions here: Ndiswrapper - openSUSE, and I have installed the driver for the wireless card successfully (as far as I can tell). The orange light on the card is now 'on' which would signify the fact it has been recognised by the OS, and I can see all the wireless networks in the area by using the
command in Terminal. But that's where the success dried up. There doesn't seem to be a Networking icon on the panel at the bottom of the screen, and there is not green flashing 'activity' light on the wireless card. I tried connecting to my home network by following the instructions found here: Connect to a wireless network via command line , using the command:
(obviously replacing NETWORD_ID and KEY with my own security details
iwconfig wlan0 essid NETWORK_ID key s:WIRELESS_KEY
and neither commands threw back any errors, but I still have no Networking icon on the panel and the status of 'Network' displayed on the Start menu (apologies for the Windows terminology there) is 'None'.
I feel I'm very close to an answer but am obviously missing something, probably something simple, but I'm afraid I've already exhausted my very limited Linux knowledge. Any information or help would be immensely appreciated