Gaming Linux with 802.11g drivers?

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Last time I looked into installing Linux on my machine none of them worked with 802.11g cards straight out of the box, unless of course I just didn't look hard enough. Does anyone know if there is one?
 

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ndiswrapper confused the crap out of me. My friends got it to work but i couldn't. Never seen wireless g linux compatible ones.
 

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That's what I thought, I was just hoping that a build had come out since I last looked that had wireless g out of the box so to speak.
 

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It would be useful if you'd tell us which distro and kernel version you're using.

First, you need to know which wireless chipset you have. For a pci card, type "lspci|less" and look for an entry with "wireless" or something similar in it. For an usb card, replace lspci with lsusb.
Then start googling "your wireless chipset linux" (for me, "bcm4306 linux") or "your wireless chipset your distro". Then work on from there (for me, I had to download "b43-fwcutter" to acquire the firmware necessary to make my wireless card work).
If your card isn't supported (no reverse-engineered drivers), delve into ndiswrapper.

I wish you luck ;-)
 

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Recently, wireless support in Linux has got a lot better. All of my PCI wireless cards have worked out of the box.

I don't subscribe to USB wireless.
 

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furbyhaterex said:
It would be useful if you'd tell us which distro and kernel version you're using.

First, you need to know which wireless chipset you have. For a pci card, type "lspci|less" and look for an entry with "wireless" or something similar in it. For an usb card, replace lspci with lsusb.
Then start googling "your wireless chipset linux" (for me, "bcm4306 linux") or "your wireless chipset your distro". Then work on from there (for me, I had to download "b43-fwcutter" to acquire the firmware necessary to make my wireless card work).
If your card isn't supported (no reverse-engineered drivers), delve into ndiswrapper.

I wish you luck ;-)

I don't actually have one installed, I was just thinking about it. I've only got a wireless connection though and I really want to be able to just install it and go. I'm not the most technically minded of people.


QUOTE(arctic_flame @ May 21 2008, 03:42 PM) Recently, wireless support in Linux has got a lot better. All of my PCI wireless cards have worked out of the box.

I don't subscribe to USB wireless.

Which version are you using? I use a PCI card as well, it would be ideal if I could just install it and everything is ready to go.
 

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Sorry, I slightly misunderstood the question...

You have to find out which chipset your wireless card has and check if your choosen distro supports it. Most PCI cards are suppported.
 

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TrolleyDave said:
arctic_flame said:
Recently, wireless support in Linux has got a lot better. All of my PCI wireless cards have worked out of the box.

I don't subscribe to USB wireless.

Which version are you using? I use a PCI card as well, it would be ideal if I could just install it and everything is ready to go.

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