ndiswrapper with Broadcom WLAN mini-PCI :: iwconfig returns ESSID:""
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Im still trying to get my wireless card working under slack 10 too, so i cant be much help to you, but i did notice one thing which doesnt seem to be quite right with your setup.
Typing "ndiswrapper -l" should display:
Installed ndis drivers:
The "present" part doesnt seem to be there in what you pasted, i would suggest that you uninstall your current bcmwl5 driver and try a different one untill "ndiswrapper -l" shows something similar to the above.
I've managed to get the same card working under Suse 9.1 Personal. It's just a matter of fiddling arround until you get it working. donbellioni is right about the "present" needing to be there. One tip I could give you is to try the bcmwl5a.inf driver instead of bcmwl5.
Here are the forum discussions I found most useful, just print'em out and try until you succeed:
I have posted about this on the ndiswrapper maling list and I'm going to have another poke at it this evening when I get home.. possible options involve just fiddling with the AP - trying it without WEP to see if that works (altho I tried that yesterday anyway). It has also been suggested that every time the setup is changed, you should remove the modulde and re-insert (insmod). I'll post back later when I've tried all this out.
I made a post to the forum yesterday (with no response as of yet) with a similar problem. Everything seems to be loading fine, but the essid won't seem to set, and the service fails to start (it states that there is no such device). I'd appreciate any input that anyone could give on this subject.
HP Pavilion ze4805us
Mandrake 10 - Official
Broadcomm Wireless chipset
The only way that I can get it reconize my essid is if I turn off WEP on my Linksys router and then boot my Linux. Then I turn WEP back on, I loose essid until I put in my encryption, then I can see it again. But if I reboot Mandrake, then I'm screwed. It won't find the Linsys router again and it won't keep my encryption.
I'm looking at adding the information into the ifcfg-wlan0 file.
Now, save this file. As root, type 'ifup wlan0' or (for more safety) 'ifup wlan0 wlan0' - (the first argument specifies that ifup should use the configuration file ifcfg-wlan0 to bring up the device).
Step 4 : Uncertainty
Sometimes, DHCPCD doesn't play nice
So, what you have to do is type dhcpcd wlan0 to get all the info again...
It may prompt you to delete a /var/run/dhcp-wlan.pid file. You can safely delete it and retry 'dhcpcd wlan0'. Press CTRL+C if it hangs (donno why it does this).
Step 5: Test!
Type 'ping www.yahoo.com' and you should get a response on the commandline. Mozilla should also operate to a decent degree. However, I have had problems making Konqueror play ball. Life is pain!
I always have to follow step 4 and type dhcpcd wlan0 (no deleting needed though), then I get wlan0 warning: using NO encryption
... then it hangs (have to do ctrl+c) - but it does the trick!
Halli, that unfortunatly didn't work. When I put in my wireless key and ran ifup wlan0 it came back and said trying to connect to xxxxxxxxxx <---my wireless key then hung. I'm trying ndiswrapper 0.8. Going to try 0.7 and see if there is a difference.