Paolo-
I have just purchased a Belkin F5D7050 with  the ZD1211B chip, and I too
have Mandriva 2007 with a 2.6.17-5mdv kernel. My approach for getting my
802.11G USB component to work was:

1. Read and review everything at: 
   A. http://opensource.bureau-cornavin.com/belkin/index.html a Belkin-Linux
reference regarding the ZD1211B chipset, 
   B. most importantly at: http://zd1211.ath.cx/wiki/ a wiki for the ZyDAS
ZD1211 802.11b/g USB WLAN chipset Linux drivers

2. Downloaded the VENDOR-BASED community driver:
   A. Great overview of driver at:
http://zd1211.ath.cx/wiki/VendorBasedDriver the Vendor-Based driver variant
reference
     - this is the driver appropriate  for kernels earlier than 2.6.18,
which Mandriva 2007 definitely is (2.6.17)
   B. Download page is at: http://zd1211.ath.cx/download/ for the zd1211
Vendor-based drivers
     - initially downloaded the latest version- r85; this compiled OK, but
did NOT work with the modprobe and Mandriva's kernel variant 2.6.17-5.
Determined this by inability to activate network (wlan0 up) and careful
review of dmesg log
   - then downloaded the r83 version. Compiled, installed and activated
according to instructions from 1.A reference above. This version WORKS! with
the Mandriva kernel 2.6.17-5

After additional network setup: SSID, WEP key, etc. via the Mandriva Control
Center (MCC), or you can do directly via ifconfig- this component is now
activated every boot with NO issues/errors, and performs OK. Only remaining
item I'm investigating is the performance-throughput differences between my
Windows XP environment and the Linux-Mandriva one on this same USB adapter.

Hope this helps...

Elimar Riesebieter wrote:
> 
> On Sun, 01 Apr 2007 the mental interface of
> Paolo Malerba told:
> 
>>Y have a mandriva 2007 i586 Y have installed the package for mandriva but
the 
>>driver zd1211 doen' t recognized my USRobotics 5423. Y post this:
>>
>>[EMAIL PROTECTED] paolom65]# modprobe -v zd1211rw
>>insmod /lib/modules/2.6.17-5mdv/kernel/net/ieee80211/ieee80211_crypt.ko.gz
>>insmod /lib/modules/2.6.17-5mdv/kernel/net/ieee80211/ieee80211.ko.gz
>>insmod
/lib/modules/2.6.17-5mdv/kernel/net/ieee80211/softmac/ieee80211softmac.ko.gz
>>insmod
/lib/modules/2.6.17-5mdv/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/zd1211rw/zd1211rw.ko.gz
>>[EMAIL PROTECTED] paolom65]# ifconfig wlan0 up
>>wlan0: unknown interface: No such device
> 
> What tells:
> # iwconfig
> ?
> 
> Elimar
> 
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