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Thread: Please help I'm new to Linux

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    cruxwashington NNTP User

    Default Please help I'm new to Linux

    I'm trying to install madwifi. I can't seem to install anything. If I go to Yast it just gives me errors. I don't know how to use the terminal...If anyone could point me in the right direction for a good tutorial on shell that would be amazing...I haven't found anything on google that makes since to me. It also says that I need to update Zypper but it won't do it, it just doesn't do anything

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    Default Re: Please help I'm new to Linux

    Check this page : Atheros madwifi - openSUSE

    And maybe try the One CLick Install ink that you will found in this how-to

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    cruxwashington NNTP User

    Default Re: Please help I'm new to Linux

    Thank you. I did that and my wireless still doesn't work it said that the install was successful. I'm using a Dell Inspiron E1505 Laptop.

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    Default Re: Please help I'm new to Linux

    It's been a few years since I've configured a wifi card, but could you use ndiswrapper to get yourself connected until you figure out a native driver solution?

    If this is a grossly inappropriate idea, please let the OP know.

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    Default Re: Please help I'm new to Linux

    Wireless Network Card Installation

    This is the official HowTo for wireless network configuration.

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    cruxwashington NNTP User

    Default Re: Please help I'm new to Linux

    I'm sorry that I didn't say this, but I'm not running Windows on my computer at all, so I don't have the original drivers. so I don't think ndiswrapper will work. Or will this work without having a seperate Windows partition

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    Default Re: Please help I'm new to Linux

    It will work without a separate Windows partition, but you will still need the Windows driver (usually comes on a cd, don't know your setup).

    It would help to know what version of openSUSE you installed.

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    Default Re: Please help I'm new to Linux

    if you got madwifi installed through YAST you are most the way there


    go on the terminal or command line if you want to call it that

    type:

    su

    ( this will make you super user, then enter your password for root here, not the basic user password )


    then when you are root type in:


    modprobe ath_pci

    that should detect your card and get it running.

    I bolded the parts you would type in if that makes it easier to figure out

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