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Old 02-14-2005, 03:56 PM   #1
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xtreme linux noob-my wireless card rtl8180 not working in suse 9.2


Okay, familiar with windows, virginal linux newbie
I partitioned and installed suse 9.2 with KDE on my HP Pavilion laptop with celeron
from the DVD image--impressed by linux--
setup seemed virtually plug and play- every other piece of hardware works peachy
it named my pcmcia wireless card as RTL8180L MAC- and set it default as pci ethernet/ nothin'
I changed the config in Yast to wireless pcmcia/ still nothin' it's dead
My Windows driver called it RTL8180 Wireless LAN (Mini-) PCI NIC
I'm guessing the problem is the ?"driver"? ?"module"?
I have no idea what a rpm or wrapper is? ?tarball?
Someone help me, please- but be gentle
 
Old 02-14-2005, 04:11 PM   #2
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Suse has ndiswrapper installed, all you have to do is:

1. make sure the wireless card is plugged in

2. get the proper drivers, and extract them to your desktop

the way i get the drivers is; I happen to have a speedstream usb network lan card that i bought at bestbuy for $15. Linux always has the drivers for it. I configure it in the control center, and I then just grab the drivers and download them.

3. open a terminal as root (type su, then enter)

4. type ndiswrapper -i /home/knoppix/desktop/drivers (or where ever you put the drivers)

5. take out the wireless card

6. type ndiswrapper -m

7. type modprobe ndiswrapper

8. insert the card

9. configure the wireless card & security in Yast.

also check out:

using ndiswrapper
 
Old 02-14-2005, 04:13 PM   #3
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one other thing, if ndiswrapper is not already installed, go to yast>>>>>install software>>>>and type in ndiswrapper, you can install it from there
 
Old 02-14-2005, 07:37 PM   #4
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I installed driver
in terminal:
linux:/home/jamon # ndiswrapper -l
Installed ndis drivers:
drivers hardware NOT present
net hardware NOT present
net8180 hardware NOT present
rtl8180 hardware NOT present
and the card works fine in xp!??
 
Old 02-15-2005, 09:04 AM   #5
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Now I'm wondering if the driver was the problem at all...
if I plug it in...YaST detects it
in YaST Network card configured:
name/ device/ ip address/
Realtek RTL8180L... wlan-bus-pcmcia DHCP
no leds!!!
am i doing something wrong
it is set up to my network
if it is detected why not at least an occasional yellow or green flash?
 
Old 02-15-2005, 09:44 AM   #6
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what does your iwconfig say? also, when you installed the drivers w/ndiswrapper did you type:

ndiswrapper -i /home/your name/NET8180.INF

(NET8180 is an example, but the file to be used should end in .INF)

when you type ndiswrapper -l it should say:

ndiswrapper installed
RTL8180 hardware present

or

RTL8180

on all the distros i have tried, and gotten wireless working, they either say hardware present, or nothing at all.

did you get any errors typing ndiswrapper -m or modprobe ndiswrapper?

last question...did you take the card out before typing ndiswrapper -m and modprobe ndiswrapper? make sure you did, i had a lot of problems before i found this out. once that is done, reinsert your card, and your card should be found...then you set up your wep or wpa in yast
 
Old 02-15-2005, 09:46 AM   #7
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one more thing: while configuring your card in Yast, make sure that you name the card "ndiswrapper"
 
  


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