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Old 09-03-2005, 02:53 PM   #1
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SOO Slackware ndiswrapper with belkin f5d6020 v2


I just installed VectorLinux and am trying to get my belkin F5D020 v2 card to work.

Im trying with ndiswrapper. I have a /etc/ndiswrapper/net8180 dir with rtl8180.sysand net8180.conf files.

When I do ndiswrapper -l I get a list of cards for which the driver is present (how to remove all that I dont need?), and net8180 is present.

Interestingly when I do an ndiswrapper -i for the belkin it says the driver is there, and when I do an -e option, it says it is NOT there. Wierd.

When I do modprobe ndiswrapper I get a warning ndiswrapper.o symbol for parameter if_name ot found, and it loads with warnings.

When I do an lsmod it is tainted: P. ndiswrapper is listed, but I dont see anything that could be my wireless driver.

Finally cardctl ident identifies the card. The lighs on the card are on.

For some reason, the card does not work. iwconfig yields nothing, and the KWifiManager doesnt see my card, and scanning does not find my network.

Please advise.

Thanx.
 
Old 09-03-2005, 03:05 PM   #2
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You must be using a 2.4 kernel. The warnings about ndiswrapper.o are because the version of the ndiswrapper module does not match your kernel.

I suggest you download and build ndiswrapper. That way you will be sure that the two parts (the command that installs the driver and the kernel module) match one another and your kernel.

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Old 09-03-2005, 03:18 PM   #3
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thank you for the quick reply. I used the ndiswrapper out of the box. Wierd that they would include a version that is incompatible with the kernel.

Anyway--Ill follow your advice and download/recompile ndiswrapper when I get home. Thanx.

How does ndiswrapper determine which drivers it will load? Also, is there a way to automate the process so wireless comes up automatically when linux boots?
 
Old 09-03-2005, 03:27 PM   #4
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are you saying that I am using a 2.4 kernel, or that I have to use a 2.4 kernel? I think SOHO VL 5.0.1 uses 2.6 kernel.
 
Old 09-03-2005, 04:18 PM   #5
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On kernel 2.4, kernel modules are xxxx.o; whereas on 2.6 they are xxxx.so. As you mentioned something about ndiswrapper.o, it looked as if you had a 2.4 kernel. Either will work with ndiswrapper.

As I pointed out earlier, there are two parts to ndiswrapper. The command-line part handles the loading of the Windows driver. You will need the appropriate ".sys" and ".inf" files. Follow the instructions in the ndiswrapper documentation to get the driver loaded and your system prepared to load the driver, once the kernel module part of ndiswrapper is ready.

Yes, there is a way to automate the process. My SuSE distribution loads all the drivers and gets my 28 character WPA passphrase (I'm a nut for security.) loaded. How VectorLinux does it, I haven't a clue.

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Old 09-03-2005, 05:10 PM   #6
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so what you are saying, is either way i need to download and compile ndiswrapper for whatever kernel Im using....thanx for the help.
 
  


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