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Old 08-17-2006, 08:28 PM   #1
trex1268
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HELP! Dell 600m with 1470 wireless lan


I need some help! I'm very new to linux (suse 10.1). I've d/l the ndiswrapper and the driver file for the card. Problem is i havent a clue how to get them to work. I need to know if i need anything else. I need a step by step of compileing the ndiswrapper source (thats all i could find) I can navigate my way around the linux system. I'm just new on what needs to be done. Any help would be greatly appriciated. I know this has been somewhat covered and i've read the threads. They dont see to have the novice detail i need to get this wireless card running.


Thanks again
 
Old 08-18-2006, 06:34 PM   #2
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well, you could read other posts in this section. I've answered your exact same question about 8 times this week. Anyhow, heres what you do.

"AS ROOT"
move your ndiswrapperxx.tar.gz file to a directory where you compile things, i compile most everything in /usr/src/

type
Code:
tar -zxvf ndiswrapperxx.tar.gz
cd ndiswrapperXX
./configure
make
make install
if you get any errors i'd suggest googling for for a package for your distro.

Next navigate to where you have your windows driver file. This file should end in .inf. now type
Code:
ndiswrapper -i urdriver.inf
ndiswrapper -m
ndiswrapper -l
it should say something like this

Quote:
rt73 driver installed, hardware present
now open up one of your startup files usually /etc/rc.d/rc.local (or something silmilar)
add
Code:
/sbin/modprobe ndiswrapper
for information on configuring, look at other posts.
 
Old 08-19-2006, 01:53 PM   #3
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Thanks!

First let me say thank you for the reply. I really dont mean to
be a pain. I was able to get this going by reading other post and my next question you answered in your last line. I'm about to reboot so i hope it works. I'm sure i'll have my other questions in the future. I still can't seem to get the ndiswrapper to compile but suse 10.1 came with a package version . Is there a command dir in linux? If so what is it? I remember on the Amiga there used to be one and i was wondering if linux was a similar os in that respect. Anyway thanks again.
 
Old 08-19-2006, 06:25 PM   #4
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Is there a command dir in linux
yes and no.
Most executable binarys are in /bin /usr/bin /usr/local/ /sbin /usr/sbin /usr/local/sbin

the no part being you can pretty much throw them any where you want.
 
Old 08-20-2006, 10:46 AM   #5
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another question

Ok. I've tried both the bcmwl5.inf and the bcmwl5a.inf drivers. Both detect the hardware with ndiswrapper and seem to work equally the same. Shouldn't this network card show up in the YaST/network devices? It does not with either driver. The second problem i'm having is connecting to the router itself. It tries but never seems to connect when the Knetworkmanager starts up. Heres the wired part. If the knetworkmanager is trying to connect and i hit the reset button on the router it connects everytime no problem. With xp this was never an issue. My router is a linksys befw11s4 (ver2) I'm guessing its a setting somewhere but i havent a clue as to what or on which end. Any ideas?

Oh yea... almost forgot... I tried to compile the ndiswrapper step by step as you said. I still get the same error every time. I've even followed the ndiswrapper install instuctions off the web site and still this error. Its not a big deal because it us working with the package version.

Thanks

Last edited by trex1268; 08-20-2006 at 10:48 AM.
 
Old 08-20-2006, 01:55 PM   #6
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Shouldn't this network card show up in the YaST/network devices
i have no idea. I set mine up using the comand line. with that said, as root run
Code:
iwconfig
you should see
Code:
wlan0     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:"off/any"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.432 GHz  Access Point: 00:D0:9E:DA:79:81
          Bit Rate:11 Mb/s   Tx-Power:20 dBm   Sensitivity=-121 dBm
          RTS thr:2347 B   Fragment thr:2346 B
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality:100/100  Signal level:-64 dBm  Noise level:-256 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
then run
Code:
iwlist wlan0 scan
it should show the available networks


to configure your network manually do
Code:
iwconfig wlan0 essid "ur-ssid"
iwconfig wlan0 channel "ur channel #" no quotes
iwconfig wlan0 key[#]  ur wep key
dhcpcd wlan0
do it all manually first. When i figure it out. add it to a startup file.
Quote:
I tried to compile the ndiswrapper step by step as you said. I still get the same error every time.
grab a different version.
my distro seems to work best at .10

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