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Old 02-22-2006, 06:25 PM   #1
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Xandros 3.x doesn't recognize USB2 wireless devices


Xandros, although being an easy install and although recognizing wireless PCI cards as eth0, eth1, etc., seems to be asleep at the switch when attempting to use the built-in NDSwrapper to install and load Windows drivers for respective wireless USB2 devices and then recognizing them. I had to use a PCI wireless card and Windows drivers under NDSwrapper in order to get a simple connection to a wireless printer server - couldn't do it with a Linksys WUSB54G when all the other Windows computers were using that circuit under WIN2K.

Next, in attempting the same install feat with a Netgear WG111T USB2 "plug-in the front panel" it worked brilliantly with Win2K even using a beta Netgear version for it V. 1.3 and WEP worked just fine between a wireless router I'm using as an access point. But, the Netgear device in the exact same place, and under Xandros, and after using NDSWrapper to use the Window's driver files, did nothing..However, the existing PCI Wireless card picked up the transmissions from the access point and, under Wireless settings under Network, in the Control Center, and showed me two wireless settings, one for Channel 6 - the printer circuit, and one for Channel 2 - the router circuit and also showed me both SSIDs. But the data listed under Channel 2 - the router, shows eth1 which is the port for the printer circuit and obviously isn't going to and didn't work the router.

I conclude that Xandros is not recognizing the Netgear device even though it shows it under Hardware Information, USB Devices as a WG111T. Xandros is set up under Automount, so I must presume that the reason that I can see WG111T under Hardware Information, is thatit, indeed, Xandros mounted it.

Anyone have an ideas?
 
Old 02-22-2006, 06:55 PM   #2
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Your using 3.x? Which kernel? Which version? Did you install any Service Packs (known problems)?

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Originally Posted by danleff" - "LinuxComaptible.org
Which version of the WUSB54G do you have, version 1, 4? They have different chipsets.
http://www.linuxcompatible.org/Insta...4G_t32624.html

This is not a Xandros specific problem.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...4G+ndiswrapper

Mepis users seem to recommend anything but Ndiswrapper for that device.
http://www.mepis.org/node/8970

Xandros 3 has 4 kernels. 2.6.9-x1 Single processor, and 2.6.9-smp multiprocessor/HT for the original release, and 3.01. Then 2.6.11-x1, and 2.6.11-smp for 3.02.

Some versions of Xandros work better than others, for certain hardware. The Business Editions (BE) seem to only include truly stable hardware, and thus support less. BE also usually uses the SMP kernel, which also limits the hardware supported.

Unfortunately, Service Pack 2 seems to be a difficult update, and there have been a number of difficulties in the past (corrupt downloads, incompatible config files, etc...).

A little more info would be nice.
 
Old 02-22-2006, 07:16 PM   #3
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Hi;

That was a very prompt reply. Thanks.

Answers to your question: Bus. Ed. 3.02, Kernel 2.6.11-x1, I have never, to my knowledge, downloaded and installed any Service Packs to Xandros.

I have, however, added add-ons as notified by Xandros on line...but these were applications, not, if I remember, modifications to the kernel.
 
Old 02-24-2006, 05:51 PM   #4
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3.02 includes Service Pack 2. Which is the latest Service Pack. So that is not the problem. It seems I was wrong about the kernel for BE, wouldn't be the first time... Your kernel is also up-to-date as well.

This is a link to the NDISWrapper page, of compatible cards.
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...index.php/List

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3. Card: Linksys #[WUSB54G], 802.11b/g, USB 2.0 -- [link here|List#WUSB54G] Chipset: Prism54 Driver: Linksys Windows XP driver http://www.linksys.com/download/default.asp

Other: Works smoothly, of course - this is the device the USB extension was originally developed for.
I recommend you try the older XP drivers below, and then the Ralink drivers.
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4. Card: Linksys #[WUSB54Gv4], 802.11b/g, USB 2.0 -- [link here|List#WUSB54Gv4] Chipset: RT2500USB (RT2571F) (They just changed the chip and didn't tell anybody. Be careful which version (v1/v2/v4) you buy!)

Driver 00: Ralink Driver, Open Source: http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/ - 2005-07-25 /

Good alternative to ralinktech.com's driver. Works WELL. Driver 0: Ralink driver: http://www.ralinktech.com/supp-1.htm - 2005-03-25 / Drv2.0.1.0

Driver 2: older Linksys Windows XP driver: ftp://ftp.linksys.com/pub/network/WU...4_20040703.exe

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Old 02-24-2006, 06:20 PM   #5
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Hi M_U;

Thanks for data. The current problem is not a Linksys card or a Linksys USB device- that history was told to show that, apparently, my Xandros doesn't like anything related to USB as it won't work the Netgear WG111T USB2 G dongle either. Even when using Netgear's beta 1.3 software. It's Xandros that I have to attack as Win2K runs all this stuff like gangbusters. It may not be driver related at all because of the following:

I now have a concern that my Xandros is limited to the number of wireless devices that it can support...and I believe that the number is 2 on this machine. This is an Asus A7N8X-X with one RJ-45 on-board. Originally, I setup the RJ-45 as eth0 wired. I then tried the Linksys USB adapter to run a wireless network to a wireless printer server. Couldn't get the Linksys to work. So, I took the Linksys out and installed a Linksys PCI wireless card under Xandros and it worked fine and then I could print to the wireless print server on Ch.6.

Then I wanted to eliminate the RJ-45 wired port and go wireless for that function. I then installed the Netgear device and couldn't get it working even after I uninstalled the RJ-45 Port. You know on boot-up when all the functions are being reported to you? WITH the wired RJ-45, one of the functions shows eth0 ok and eth1 (the Linksys PCI card for the wireless printer network) as "pending"..this is OK as it hasn't been issued a IP by the DHCP circuit at that time.

Well, after I removed the Netgear USB device, and after I disabled eth0, the built-in RJ-45 port, and AFTER I installed ANOTHER LINKSYS PCI WIRELESS CARD, I still show that I have eth0 as ok but no other wirelss devices showing.....AND in Control Center, Networks, Wireless, I still only show eth0 but eth1 not being there. OR, if I do not disable eth0, the RJ-45 port, and I have the two Linksys PCI cards installed, I still see only eth0 and eth1 and NO eth2.

This generates a question. Could it be possible that Xandros 3.02 only permits 2 wireless ports to be running? I may have to kill the RJ-45 in the BIOS to do this. I think I'll try that.
 
Old 02-25-2006, 11:32 AM   #6
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This generates a question. Could it be possible that Xandros 3.02 only permits 2 wireless ports to be running? I may have to kill the RJ-45 in the BIOS to do this. I think I'll try that.
I don't think that would be the problem. The only Limit I can think of, would be NDISWrapper, and apparently it does support multiple ports/interfaces. It does look like there might be a small trick t it, though.

"f you want to use ndiswrapper with multiple interfaces, you should use template instead of full interface name for if_name. The default value of if_name is wlan%d."

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...index.php/Tips

I'm not too familiar with NDISWrapper, so I don't know what that means.

On a side note, you did pay for Xandros 3.02 BE, so you can contact Xandros' Official Support.

Also, I did notice some drop-down lists in the Wireless setup section. Maybe one is hiding the wlan1, USB device.
 
Old 02-25-2006, 11:43 AM   #7
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What does "ndiswrapper -l" show?
What does your "/etc/modprobe.conf" file look like?
 
  


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