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Question:I have a new wireless adaptor for linux it is difficult to get it to run. I got a linux driver on disk but I can't understand how to run driver.
Can anyone help please. (KDE)
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Answer:Normally you get drivers from your distribution and through kernel modules directly compiled against your kernel. Please be a little more specific about what device you have for wifi-purposes.

I would recommend to you to research your device and find out wether you have a device with an atheros ralink or broadcom chipset. In case of an atheros or ralink you can find your self lucky and just use network manager.

If it is a usb device you can find and research on it via `lsusb` and those are usually named by ifconfig as usb0 or as it is a wireless device as wlan0.

If it is a card you put into your PC you will be likely to find it using `lspci`. Those are normally named wlan0.

You can (as root!) use ifconfig up wlan0 or simply ifup wlan0 and see what happens.

Come around on IRC on irc.freenode.net in channel #linux or the channel specific to your distro such as #ubuntu #debian or #suse. There we can give you help on demand. If you never used IRC before. You can use konversation and connect to said server and /join #channel.




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