Let me begin by saying "It works" which is the reverse of most "I need help" requests.
I have been pulling my hair out to get a ASUS (fully supported proven rt2500) wifi pcmcia card working with my inspiron 8100 laptop and I have it working now but I haven't a clue how I did it and maybe someone can help me out?
I am using fedora 9 with ndiswrapper. I have the correct driver (rt2500) installed and all checks out with ndiswrapper. I don't see any issues there.
I entered the iwconfig commands for essid "my wifi name"
I entered the iwconfig commands for WEP 128 Hex encryption ( I will change to WPA next) and yes I did have the correct key entered.
I entred the iwconfig command for mode managed
iwlist wlan0 scan found nothing.
Iwconfig showed the card as Not-Associated
Ifconfig showed the card but not connected
When I searched for my ifcfg-wlan0 files they where not created where I expected them to be? I thought that these commands would generate a ifcfg-wlan0 file.
So I used system-config-network and nmanager to configure my connection (not sure which one created the ifcfg-wlan0 file but one of them did where I expected it to before).
Anyways so I restarted the network, "iwconfig'd", and rebooted a zillion times and could not get a scan on the "iwlist wlan0 scan" and iwconfig kept showing that my card was "Not-assoicated"
Misery, pain, tears, maniacal laughter, and I finally pulled the card out and plugged it back in. and omgosh! I have wireless!!!!!!
Two days ago I had the card working just fine and when I rebooted, POOF!!! no wifi, no recognition of said card. I am afraid to reboot unless I know what to look at, save, and how to duplicate.
This is where the cry for HELP comes in
What do I save, look at, do to make sure no more pooffng away of miracle baby WIFI?
Thanks in advance,