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Old 08-04-2009, 08:32 PM   #1
purerage34
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Help getting my Wifi card to work in Centos 5.3


Hello I am new to linux and have just finished installing CentOS 5.3 (yes, I know its not ideal for beginners but I'm not changing my choice of distro) on my dual boot Dell machine. However I have a desktop which is very far away from the router and hence have to use a wireless card. Can someone please help me figure out how to get the wireless working in Centos?

I have the following wireless Card:
Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card
My wireless network:
my SSID is not broadcast
Security Type: WPA2 Personal
Encryption Type: TKIP or AES

The card works fine for me in Windows 7 (and vista before that). I'm 95% sure the problem is that Centos doesn't recognize the card which I suppose means it is a driver issue.

I tried to setup a wireless network connection but it says it cannot find the eth0 device, and when I try to assign the eth0 device to my wireless card, it can't find any wireless cards.

Any help is greatly appreciated, if I need to download some kind of driver, would I be able to do this in Windows (and any suggestions of where to look) because I really cannot connect via wired connection on my computer.

Thanks in advance!

Last edited by purerage34; 08-04-2009 at 09:31 PM.
 
Old 08-05-2009, 01:32 PM   #2
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my SSID is not broadcast
I have not managed to connect to a wireless network where the SSID is not broadcast. (I have not tried too hard.) YMMV, but you can safely broadcast it if you are using WPA or better.

I suggest you set your router to broadcast its SSID, at least until you get the basics working. Then you can play and fine-tune.
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I tried to setup a wireless network connection but it says it cannot find the eth0 device
eth0 is usually reserved for your wired ethernet connection. Your wireless should be something else (eth1 wlan0 ath0, it depends)
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I really cannot connect via wired connection on my computer.
I strongly suggest you pick that puppy up and move it to somewhere where you can get a wired connection. Otherwise, there are many hoops you'll have to jump through.

Move it, plug it in, boot it, you should be connected. fetch your distro's updates. Apply them. (Reboot). Now try fixing the wireless.

Meanwhile, we need more information about your "Dell Wireless 1505"
Is it listed by lspci or lsusb ?

What is it shown as? Please post the relevant result(s), and search on the result of the above command(s) whilst we are having a sleep

Maybe you'll find the answer before we do.
 
Old 08-08-2009, 03:31 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response, I did drag it downstairs and hook up it up to the wired connection, downloaded all the updates and rebooted. CentOS is still having trouble finding my wireless card. here is the contents of /sbin/lspci

[root@localhost sbin]# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82X38/X48 Express DRAM Controller
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82X38/X48 Express Host-Primary PCI Express Bridge
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82X38/X48 Express Host-Secondary PCI Express Bridge
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82566DC-2 Gigabit Network Connection (rev 02)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 02)
00:1a.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 02)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 92)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801IR (ICH9R) LPC Interface Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 RAID bus controller: Intel Corporation 82801 SATA RAID Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon HD 3870
01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon HD 3870 Audio device
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4328 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 03)
04:0a.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB22/A IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)


Here is the error I get when I try to "Active" the wireless network:

Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
SET failed on device eth1 ; No such device.
Error for wireless request "Set Bit Rate" (8B20) :
SET failed on device eth1 ; No such device.
Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
SET failed on device eth1 ; No such device.
Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
SET failed on device eth1 ; No such device.
Error for wireless request "Set ESSID" (8B1A) :
SET failed on device eth1 ; No such device.

Determining IP information for eth1...SIOCSIFADDR: No such device
eth1: unknown interface: No such device
eth1: unknown interface: No such device
failed.

Is there some way/where I can search for drivers, or some way to tell linux to search for updated drivers? Thanks
 
Old 08-08-2009, 05:17 PM   #4
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At least you have a connection now. Pleased that you moved that PC.

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Here is the contents of /sbin/lspci
[SNIP]
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4328 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 03)
[SNIP]
Thanks for this information.

The above seems to be your wireless interface. So search on BCM4328 using this link
And let us know how you get on.
 
Old 08-09-2009, 11:18 AM   #5
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Thanks, will do later today. Isn't it possible to use windows drivers in Linux now? Wouldn't it just be easiest to do that or will the file not transfer to Linux easily because of the different file system/format?
 
Old 08-09-2009, 12:33 PM   #6
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Isn't it possible to use windows drivers in Linux now?
Well, sort of.

I don't think there is a native linux driver for your chipset, so people are using ndiswrapper which "wraps up" the windows driver so linux can use it. Messy, but it seems to work.

Plenty of threads here on LQ explaining how to do this. Here's one
 
Old 08-09-2009, 01:18 PM   #7
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Here is a thread on it:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-work.-694973/
 
Old 08-09-2009, 01:34 PM   #8
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purerage34, try the links provided above. Ndiswrapper (+windows drivers) might not be the ideal solution, but it works fine for me and never had any problems with the connection. Try downloading a windows driver from dell's website. Choose the one for XP (if available) - they work better with ndiswrapper than the ones for Vista.
 
  


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