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Old 04-18-2006, 02:36 PM   #1
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Wifi issue w/ SuSE 10 on Acer Aspire 3004wlmi: noob not understanding ndiswrapper


Background:
New Acer Aspire 3004wlmi w/ integrated wifi (and lots of other stuff that isn't relevent ) dual booting XP Home (Home-vs-Pro because I intend to rately boot to it & I got a legit copy w/ my laptop) and SuSE 10 (versus any other distro because someone had done it before me here: linux-laptop.net/hosted/acer-3003-suse.html ) and this is my first experience with Linux.
If you clicked that link you saw next to "Internal Broadcom based Acer Invilink 802.11 b/g Wireless" he says "Works 100% With Ndiswrapper" and "Google Ndiswrapper Howto for SuSE"

I am completely new & I spent a couple hours reading up on ndiswrapper & I'm afraid I know no more than when I started. I would classify myself as 'fairly knowledgeable' in Windows/DOS, but I have no experience in Linux/Unix.

Could someone please explain to me as if I were a 2yr old what exactly I need to do to get ndiswrapper working with the windows wifi drivers I have? I can hop online in windows to download anything I need, but I have 0 experience in terminal mode and will need things spelled out in probably as much details as you would use with your grandmother


I searched a bit before asking; I don't mind being a noob, but I didn't want to ask a question that was asked over and over.


Thanks for letting me be a noob

JazzLad

PS: I am not too worried about it, but does anyone have any idea why the 'master volume' control does nothing and the 'headphones' control acts as a master? Mildly annoying as there is no fast way to adjust the volume at work when I had it turned up at home (made for an interesting morning in my very quite, conservative office when I clicked play on the MI2 soundtrack and Limp Bizkit started blarring full blast . . . after 20 very long seconds and a small gathering croud, I managed to press and hold the power button )

Thanks again!!
 
Old 04-18-2006, 03:04 PM   #2
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open yast>software management, search for and install ndiswrapper. at a terminal window enter lspci -n . find your cards manufacturer and device i.d which will look like xxxx:xxxx go here: http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...index.php/List
find your hardware by the above numbers. download,unpack,install with ndiswrapper -i filename.inf . modprobe ndiswrapper, configure your card with yast(it won't auto detect it, enter it manually) go to system> /etc/sysconfig editor in yast and insert 'ndiswrapper' in system/kernel/Modules_loaded_on_boot. restart networking with rcnetwork restart.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 03:06 PM   #3
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I know you checked google for howto's .. but perhaps you haven't seen this one.. This one is really detailed. Check it out.

http://nextgen.no-ip.org/~andrew/lin...PrepForInstall
 
Old 04-18-2006, 03:23 PM   #4
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that link suggests building the module from source, which is 'not' needed if you are using the stock suse kernel.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 04:12 PM   #5
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Quote:
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open yast>software management, search for and install ndiswrapper. ...
done, seemed to work.

Quote:
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... at a terminal window enter lspci -n . find your cards manufacturer and device i.d which will look like xxxx:xxxx ...
lspci -n delivered "bash: lspci: command not found

I stopped there because of the error message, did I do something wrong?

-Jazz
 
Old 04-18-2006, 04:14 PM   #6
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"sux -" followed by the root pasword
have another go at it.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 04:15 PM   #7
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I know you checked google for howto's .. but perhaps you haven't seen this one.. This one is really detailed. Check it out.

http://nextgen.no-ip.org/~andrew/lin...PrepForInstall
Perhaps too detailed I found that one last night and #3&4 worried me under preflight checklist:
3 Familiarity with YaST, particularly the installation of software
4 Familiarity with the Command Line Interface (CLI), otherwise known as the Terminal.

I am not an idiot, but I have no real experience with either and didn't want to chance that they would assume I knew anything in the later steps
 
Old 04-18-2006, 04:20 PM   #8
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"sux -" followed by the root pasword
have another go at it.
ah,ha! that did make a difference!

That brought up a list of 18 items, starting with:
00:00.0 Class 0600: 1039:0760 (rev 03)
(and then 17 simillar lines)

I went to http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...index.php/List on the computer I am using now (next to the laptop) so I could see both screens side-by-side & I'm afraid I did not see what looked to be what I was looking for. I'm afraid this is where my complete lack of experience is getting me, if it helps I can type out the remaining 17 lines.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 04:25 PM   #9
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no problem i'll walk you through it. the reason to use the provided ndiswrapper.rpm and not build the module is that the provided binary will survive any suse provided kernel updates. the other way will require the module to be rebuilt every time the kernel is touched, which is a lot if you use online update.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 04:27 PM   #10
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do a lspci without the '-n' should give you a better idea which is the wireless hardware, then find the coresponding entry in the lspci -n output
 
Old 04-18-2006, 04:40 PM   #11
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I sure appreciate it

Ok, now I have found that the line: 00:0b.0 Class 0280: 14e4:4318 (rev 02) is the one that matches that device.

From the page:
Notebook: Acer Aspire 3023WLMi
Kernel 2.6.12 vanilla RPM for Fedora Core 4
Chipset: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 802.11/g Wireless LAN
pciid: 14e4:4318
Driver: ndiswrapper v1.3rc1 with bcmwl5a.inf or bcmwl5.inf (either works) ftp://ftp.support.acer-euro.com/note...0_5020/driver/ (Broadcom, 12/22/2004, v3.100.46.0)
Other: acerhk v0.5.27 compiled and loaded with /sbin/modprobe acerhk autowlan=1 poll=0 force_series=5020 verbose=3 usedritek=1. wlan0 can be activated with ifup or the Network Configuration GUI tool. The LED button blinks very dimly when the card is searching for APs.
works flawlessly (without acerhk) on ArchLinux 0.7.1, kernel 2.6.16-2, ndiswrapper 1.12.

But the ftp link gave me an error...
 
Old 04-18-2006, 04:45 PM   #12
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that's the same driver i use for my linksys card. you want the bcmwl5a.inf in the 80211g.zip file
 
Old 04-18-2006, 04:49 PM   #13
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Did you try that link? It didn't seem to work . . .

I did a google search for bcmwl5a.inf also to no avail

Last edited by JazzLad; 04-18-2006 at 04:53 PM.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 04:53 PM   #14
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i did, got right in from here
 
Old 04-18-2006, 05:01 PM   #15
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Ah,ha, perhaps my Opera install doesn't like FTP

Downloaded to my portable drive and plugged into to the laptop.

Now I'm afraid I do not know what to do with it next. Perhaps you could recommend a place to transfer it to & what steps to take then?

thanks!
 
  


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