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I have got a netgear wireless PC Card WG511 made in Taiwan (not china). I have intalled it in windows w/acouple of ver. Settling on v1. I am first generation pc. maybe toold for Linux? I can't even figure out how to post in the Dam Small Linux website. But have read most of the posts in linuxquestions.
So here's my setup and the following nightmare:
ndiswrapper WG511v.1 netgear wireless PC card Problems
Gateway solo 500mhz 256mb
DSL linux 2.4.31 on i686
HD install w/windows installed first.hda1=windows hda2=swap hda3=/root
Any help would be appreciated. I have read < = > threads, I could possibly find to prior to posting. I'd amazed if anyone even read it this far..
I am like so embarssed. I can't install a wireless card ;<( this is an old laptop and would be like usable if I get the *&^%$ wireless working. In fact, does anyone have a wireless card working with
Dam Small Linux? I have the book but, it's not been much help. Other that telling me to add nodhcp in the boot startup. That didn't help either. I have learned alot through this misery of the wireless nic. But OMG? Oh I do have opensus on a newer laptop, no problems.
I can put a wired pcmci card in, thats how I am sending this post.
-Shawn aka toold
Thank you for So= reply. I think I am trying install ndiswrapper and load the firmware at the same time. So I need to stop ndiswrapper.
Here are the arm files I have.
WG511DCB.arm - this from the manufacture, and no small challenge to find it.
126.96.36.199.arm -From the same site you suggested
188.8.131.52.arm -same site
p54pci_184.108.40.206.arm -read on this site to use this and change name to isl3890
prsim54-fw -just found this one before I flamed out...
I read, on this forum, to change the arm file name to isl3890
or isl3890.bin-kernel#-i686 (processor).
Seriously, need to have a step-by-step. Unload the ndiswrapper. How to just load the firmware. What to name the firmware? then what....next?
THank you shawn
Again thank you. Maybe its the file location.
Followed your instruction
1) Rename '220.127.116.11.arm' (it's probably this one, if not try another) to 'isl3890' and it copy to '/lib/firmware/isl3890/', so its final location will be '/lib/firmware/isl3890/isl3890'
2) Disable ndiswrapper, so maybe run 'rmmod ndiswrapper', hopefully it won't crash.
3) I would re-insert 'prism54' so 'rmmod prism54', then 'modprobe prism54', then try to configure the card.
No crashes. infact said prism54 not loaded?
I mkdir dir you suggested but still dmesg:
Prism54: request_firmware() failed for 'isl3890'
eht0: could not upload firmware ('isl3890')
blabla islpci_reset failure...
But I don't want to keep bugging you. W/out setting here you've done about all you can. I do want to thank you. I going to let it set for a couple of days. Clear my head...RTFM and STFG this weekend.
My man thanks
That looks promising! It's like folks have been on this issue since 2005-6 same card, same problem. W/serveral different solutions. I run opensuse. But DSL is sooo light. I can bring many of my old laptops to life. Took a peek at your website. http://www.usshouston.net is mine. WWII Bridge over the river kwai, Death railroad infamous POW camps.
I have a gateway solo laptop 256 ram PIII 60g hd. Wg511T wireless and Dlink wired.
It's raining, I am bored, so it's cool. I have installed the top ten lite distros. Yep, from ubunto on down the line. So far the only one that works out of the box is Puppy Linux? Man, bingo finds the WIRELESS. Your up and running. But Puppy does not have the right "feel"? Does that make sense? 'Course, it just me.
Like wireless is a fundamental of a laptop. How can you not have wireless on a laptop? Why is it such a nightmare to load a wireless card? Yet, Puppy make it effortless. 'Course one sacrifices much for ease of use. Ok...enough. No wait!
Yes, I am a newbie, vintage 8088 . And for a newbie it's like rocket science to get a wireless card to work! TinyMe and DSL Linux are so promising. All those laptop could be recycled!
All that programming effort? And no wireless? Why Puppy? TOL: Hmmm, I wonder if I can load puppy and figure out what "drivers" they use. Copy them to other Linux versions? What say you?
Or I could wait for a Lite distro that works.
To Old for Linux? Or is to tired for linux?
Puppy is Cool. Not a fast as tinyme or dsl. And n/g for a multi-user environment. But is's almost there.*
I have been lurking in the shadows with Linux-unix for years. I am old nwadmin, more a nwmechanicBut not a programmer. Sed and awk just kill me...Solaris...Linux...Novell... Windows is just so easy...
I have one office for unemployement & training services. W/no money in CA. Use opensuse for wksta's (runing Novell). But I have a bunch of old laptops. Rather than scrap them. *I thought I'd use a distro that the average person could use.
That being said Puppy is by far the most user friendly. I just don't think its there yet. And like I said its raining here. So why not play with all these tasty little distros!
I do appreciate the comments-commitment of the Linux comunity.