Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88w8335 [Libertas] 802.11b/g Wireless (rev 03) on Fedora 8

Ok, I accept that I suck at updating a technical blog.

Anywhichways, here is a quick and dirty howto on configuring the “Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88w8335 [Libertas] 802.11b/g Wireless (rev 03)”[1] PCI wireless card on Fedora 8 using ndiswrapper.

# make sure you have added the livna repository to your yum configuration
rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-8.rpm

# install the ndiswrapper package
yum install ndiswrapper

# get the windoze drivers for the Marvell card
wget http://people.freebsd.org/~wpaul/marvell/MRV8335NT.sys
wget http://people.freebsd.org/~wpaul/marvell/MRV8335XP.sys
wget http://people.freebsd.org/~wpaul/marvell/mrv8335.cat
wget http://people.freebsd.org/~wpaul/marvell/mrv8335.inf

# Install the driver
ndiswrapper -i mrv8335.inf

# Make sure the driver is installed correctly
$ ndiswrapper -l
mrv8335 : driver installed
device (11AB:1FAA) present

# Create the configuration for modprobe
ndiswrapper -m

# Configure the card
$ system-config-network

beyond this, use your head.

Hope this helps someone out there. If you have questions, feel free to ask.

[1] This is what I am talking about:

$ lspci -v
….
05:04.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88w8335 [Libertas] 802.11b/g Wireless (rev 03)
Subsystem: Netgear WG311v3 802.11g Wireless PCI Adapter
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 18
Memory at 50020000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Memory at 50010000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
Kernel driver in use: ndiswrapper
….

  1. thanksssssssssssssssssss šŸ˜›

  2. Thanks for the instructions, I’m trying this on fedora 13 and all works till the last step..
    ie $ system-config-network

    nothings coming up in it after that.. šŸ™‚ Any help will be appreciated.

  3. Aby,

    It has been well over 3 years since I wrote this post and unfortunately I no longer have the laptop for which I needed to configure this. So, the extent of my help would just be guesses. So here goes:

    * Firstly, since it has been 3 years and this post was written for Fedora 8, I am not sure whether this is even relevant for Fedora 13. We might now have native drivers for this card and might not require to use ndiswrapper. Have you investigated this possibility ?

    * If you have, and ndiswrapper is necessary and also like you said everything goes fine upto the last step, then I recommend configuring the card using NetworkManager rather than system-config-network (which NetworkManager would soon obsolete). To configure using NetworkManager, instead of the system-config-network step, right-click the network icon on the top right corner of your GNOME panel, go to ‘Edit Connections…’ -> Wireless Tab and click Add and take it from then on.

    * If you can’t get it working, ask for help on the Fedora users ( https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/users ) or Fedora India ( https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/india ) mailing lists.

    Wish you the best,
    – steve

  4. Thanks for the help šŸ™‚ I’ve configured NetworkManager but its not picking up the PCI wifi card as yet..

    Will check in the forums thanks again.

  5. Hi, my greatest thanks to you.
    Great support. Run unix linux systems but needed drivers for an old windows box.
    This page came to the rescue..
    Glory to you

  6. Hey A,

    Thanks for your comment. This post was written in 2008 and it still is the largest traffic generator for my blog šŸ˜€ …I don’t know if that says something about the (lack of) quality of my blog or about the absence of useful posts on configuring this card šŸ˜› Anyways, I am glad you got something useful out of it even if it wasn’t directly related to what you needed.

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