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Please choose your distribution and kernel architecture or the proper package(s) for your system below.

Distribution-specific binary packages (easiest to install)

If your distribution/architecture is not listed, or you are using a special enterprise/secure/SMP or custom (self-compiled) kernel, or the package does not work with your kernel version, you should try one of the generic packages with source below instead.
Linux Distribution Kernel Architecture*
Fedora 11 x86
Fedora 10 x86
Fedora 9 x86
Fedora 8 IMPORTANT*, CHOOSE PROPERLY:      i586      i686
Fedora 7 IMPORTANT*, CHOOSE PROPERLY:      i586      i686
Fedora Core 6 IMPORTANT*, CHOOSE PROPERLY:      i586      i686
Fedora Core 5 IMPORTANT*, CHOOSE PROPERLY:      i586      i686
Fedora Core 4 IMPORTANT*, CHOOSE PROPERLY:      i586      i686
Freedows IMPORTANT*, CHOOSE PROPERLY:      i586      i686      athlon
Knoppix 4.0.2, 3.9 and 3.8.1 x86
RedHat Enterprise Linux 5.0 x86
RedHat Enterprise Linux 4.0 IMPORTANT*, CHOOSE PROPERLY:      i586      i686
SimplyMEPIS 6.0, 3.4, 3.3.1 and 3.3 x86
Mandriva LE 2005, 2006.0, 2007.x, 2008.x, 2009.x, 2010.0 x86
SuSE 11.2, 11.1, 11.0, 10.3, 10.2, 10.1, 10.0, 9.3 x86
Turbolinux 10, 8 x86
Ubuntu Karmic (9.10), Jaunty (9.04), Intrepid (8.10), Hardy (8.04), Gutsy (7.10), Feisty (7.04), Edgy (6.10), Dapper (6.06), Breezy (5.10), 5.04 x86

* Note: Fedora, Freedows and RedHat users may find out their exact kernel architecture (which is not always the same as "uname -m" output) with the following case-sensitive shell command:
              rpm -q --qf '%{ARCH}\n' kernel
Generic packages with source

To use these generic packages, kernel-source and the gcc C compiler must be properly installed on your system to dynamically build the driver modules upon installation.
Format KArch Filename Size MD5 Checksum (md5sum)
RPM x86, x86_64
(use on RPM-based systems like Mandriva/RedHat/SuSE/JDS/Freedows with custom or unsupported kernels)
465K 5c2ac734c87b00296da89bd7f9d05688
DPKG x86, x86_64
(use on Debian-based systems)
456K 30f4c4e87ae1e48c697a5837cef5bef1
TAR x86, x86_64 driverloader-2.50.tar.gz
(option of last resort compatible with the most systems)
472K 96f5adcc974157613937297f5512e39b

If you are not sure which format to choose, please see the installation instructions.

Note about kernel stack size: Because some Windows drivers (notably for Intel Centrino cards) require at least 12K of stack to operate properly and the default Linux kernel stack size is a little less than 8K (4K on Fedora Core 2 to 6, Fedora 7 and some other 2.6 kernels), we recommend using a kernel with a larger stack size if you experience problems or crashes. Fedora Core 2 to 6 and Fedora 7 users can download one of our replacement "stk16" kernels provided through the distribution-specific links above. Advanced users may alternatively rebuild a custom kernel without the CONFIG_4KSTACKS option. Generic kernels patches adding CONFIG_16KSTACKS support is also available from the patches page.

Note about x86_64 support: When operating under a 64-bit kernel, driverloader requires 64-bit NDIS drivers (see Windows Drivers section). If no 64-bit NDIS driver is available for your chipset, falling back to a 32-bit kernel may be necessary.
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)

To use the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security features, the wpa_supplicant below must also be installed. The pre-compiled package is the easiest package to install but only supports WPA-PSK (WPA-Personal). If you need other encryption protocols, generic packages can be used. In that case, gcc and OpenSSL development packages are also required.

Format KArch Filename Size MD5 Checksum (md5sum)
RPM x86 dldr_wpa_supplicant-
(use on RPM-based systems, pre-compiled package)
248K 8be5102c79526b4090ce19b929350588
RPM any dldr_wpa_supplicant-
(use on RPM-based systems, generic package)
538K 601c80bc1434fe5f5c12d011d7137abe
DPKG any dldr-wpa-supplicant_0.4.7.0_i386.deb
(use on Debian-based systems, generic package)
487K f1598e0eb1f9edba8559a805aa132ed0
TAR any dldr_wpa_supplicant-
(option of last resort compatible with the most systems, generic package)
504K 15b264cdf5deee87ffee9e972a7a807a
TAR any wpa_supplicant-0.4.7.tar.gz
(original wpa_supplicant package)
460K 1345730f15d5f93f2f083096ddc903eb

See for more information about wpa_supplicant and possibly newer (but not always fully tested) development versions.

Various patches for DriverLoader and the Linux kernel can be downloaded on the patches page.
Windows Drivers

The Windows drivers required to operate your device can be usually found on the manufacturer's web-site (latest-version recommended), CDs that came with your product or an installed partition. We have also compiled a list of common drivers and provide some of them in Linux-convenient format when permitted by the vendor.
Previous releases

Previous releases have been archived here.



User comment:

The last couple of days has been hell for me, because I thought that I was stuck with Win XP, when I had to access the wireless lan. But thanks to you I can carry on in linux. You guys are life-savers! Nice smooth instalation. Everything went perfect! Its really great! I am truly gratefull! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, I cant say it enough times.

Thomas Rune Korsgaard (Danemark)

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