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Does wireless really work on Fedora Core 5?!


Hello,

So far, I have seen so many instructions and so-called solutions to make wireless work on FC5 but no luck yet!!! That is the only reason I cannot get rid of Windows on my laptop (IBM T42). Any real/good solution?

Thanks in advance,
AKOHAN
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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Hi rindi,

Thank you for the hint. The article  (sourceforge) says that have to download a Windows driver on Linux!!! when I downloaded it I found out it is an exe file and also claims that exe file could be extracted using unzip command!!!

Is this possible? of so how? I tried but didn't work any comment?

Thanks
AKOHAN
rindi

Sometimes you can rename the file to a zip file and then try unzipping it. Usually you can use the driver on the installation CD's though, which often are already unzipped.
akohan

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Rindi,

Thanks indeed but as I said this is not working! What I was expecting was an instruction to follow up. Maybe I'm wrong and please correct me if I'm wrong but I had never seen or heard that an EXE file could be considered as ZIP file or tar file. A zip file must have a directory or table to address all zipped files inside the archive file but an EXE file is a DOS or Windows base file. Unless it is a self-extract file which still would have same logic  but with spare feature as being executable in terms of extraction.

I will be more than happy if you clarify this for me or help me to solve this but as  is said so far I have seen 4 or 5 different methods which none had work for me.

Once again thanks
AKOHAN
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rindi

Often you can just rename a zip file to exe, and it'll run and extract itself. This should work the other way around too. Otherwise just run the exe file on a windows machine to get the files extracted, then copy them to the linux box.
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In other words:

a lot of companies take self-extracting .zip files and rename them as .exe files.  There's no good reason for it except that it probably cuts down on the requests those companies get for "How do i unzip a file?".
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Thank you but that would be the last solution (hopefully not) but I believe there must be a way to work this out.

Once again thanks for your time and information you shared.

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AKOHAN
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nedvis

        It seems that PCLinuxOS ( http://www.pclinux.os.com ) have no issues with T42's
integrated Intel wireless NIC :
http://www.theloveoflinux.com/hwdb/entry/6/144/ (Works: IBM T42 4/5)
        Although I really like FC5 I also run PCLinux OS and I would always recommend PLOS rather than FC5
for its ease of use, configuration and software package selection which is better and more up-to-date than FC5.
        If there's no particular reason for having FC5 and the only "cause" is to have Linux rather than WIndows installed on your Thinkpad you should test-run PCLinuxOS Live-CD. And if your hardware is well supported you might wish to install it on hard-disk and ditch Redmond OS.
      If you want to learn RedHat/Fedora ( even  getting ready for Linux certification exams ) PCLinuxOS will
give you lots of headstart as well as an opportunity to taste what a RPM based distro looks like since PLOS pretty much conforms to standards established by RedHat/Fedora developers.



 
slow1000

Looking here, I see that there are 6 different network card possibilities for your laptop:
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:T42
By the way, this site has some relevant info, I would check it out.

Obviously, you'll have different experiences depending on which card you have.  Do you know which card it is?
akohan

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Yes, mine is Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG  I will check it out.

Thanks for following up on my question.

Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.
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