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Old 10-25-2006, 11:55 PM   #1
Dragnet
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FC5 ndiswrapper "device wlan0 does not seem to be present"


I've followed all the ndiswrapper instructions I can find, but as of yet have had no luck. When I type:

ndiswrapper -l

I get:

installed drivers:
bcmwl5a driver installed, hardware (14E4:4320) present (alternate driver: bcm43xx)


Using the Network Configuration GUI I can see ndiswrapper listed under Hardware with a device listing of wlan0. When I create a new wireless connection in Devices using the ndiswrapper and try to activate it I get the error:

ndiswrapper device wlan0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization.

I get the same error when using the "service network restart" command.

iwconfig shows no wlan0 and lists as :

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

Warning: Driver for device eth1 has been compiled with version 20
of Wireless Extension, while this program supports up to version 19.
Some things may be broken...

eth1 IEEE 802.11b/g ESSID:off/any Nickname:"Broadcom 4306"
Mode:Managed Access Point: Invalid
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

sit0 no wireless extensions.


Are my problems caused by the last line, no wireless extensions? If so how do I change this?

Any help would be much appreciated...TIA...

Last edited by Dragnet; 10-26-2006 at 12:20 AM.
 
Old 10-26-2006, 12:07 AM   #2
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Could you post the output of 'ifconfig -a"?
you could try ifconfig eth1 up, and see what that does.
 
Old 10-26-2006, 12:27 AM   #3
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ifconfig -a output :


dev1804289383 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:90:96:61:EE:06
BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
Interrupt:10 Base address:0xc000

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:03:25:08:B7:AA
inet addr:192.168.2.3 Bcast:192.168.2.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::203:25ff:fe08:b7aa/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:318 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:349 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:230047 (224.6 KiB) TX bytes:74084 (72.3 KiB)
Interrupt:11

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:2409 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:2409 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:2858664 (2.7 MiB) TX bytes:2858664 (2.7 MiB)

sit0 Link encap:IPv6-in-IPv4
NOARP MTU:1480 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0f
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)



ifconfig eth1 up produces a device not found error. It seems on reboot that eth1 is now listed as :

dev1804289383 IEEE 802.11b/g ESSID:off/any Nickname:"Broadcom 4306"
Mode:Managed Access Point: Invalid
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0


Thanks for your response. Any more ideas?
 
Old 10-27-2006, 01:16 AM   #4
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thats kinda odd really... Maybe someone w/ more experience than me could answer why dev1804289383 is listed as your wireless instead of "eth1" or "wlan0" or somethin...hmm well then i guess try
Code:
ifconfig dev1804289383 up
maybe that'll work. if not, then you could try it all again...
when i did ndiswrapper, this is what i did...
well first i got the wireless card pci address. I had to do lspci -v, and that brought the list of pci devices up. there was a little number by each entry, something like 5:02...i noted the one for the wireless card, and then did lspci -n. that gave me a listing of those little numbers, matched up w/ their pci address, in the format XXXX:XXXX . then i did..
Code:
ndiswrapper -i inffile.inf
ndiswrapper -l
hopefully at this point you should get a driver present, hardware present message

Code:
ndiswrapper -d XXXX:XXXX inffile
ndiswrapper -di
ndiswrapper -da
ndiswrapper -m
modprobe ndiswrapper
lsmod | grep ndiswrapper
at that point i got result that said ndiswrapper was loaded. after a reboot, and an
Code:
ifconfig devX up
, my card worked...
if you do it all over again, you should first remove the old driver, and im sure you know, but make sure to do ndiswrapper in the directory that the inf and sys files are located in.
 
  


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