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Old 01-31-2008, 09:44 AM   #1
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2008 not holding wireless connection setting (ndiswrapper)


I have a compaq v6000 and upgraded recently from 2007. With 2007 I used the ndiswrapper solution to get the wireless to work and it did so very well.

With 2008, I can set this up and it also works just fine.

But, when I reboot, it forgets the settings. I have to manually setup the wireless connection again so that it will use the wrapper.

ideas?
 
Old 02-01-2008, 10:50 AM   #2
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Try using the Network configuration applet in MCC. With each new version level release of Mandriva, hardware support is improved, so your card may be properly supported now and you may not need ndiswrapper to make the card work:

Open MCC (Tools > System Tools > Configure Your Computer in the menu system).

Select the Network & Internet button in the navigation bar (left).

Open the Set up a new network interface (LAN, ISDN, ADSL, ...) icon (main pane).

Select the Wireless option and follow the prompts.

HTH,
 
Old 02-01-2008, 04:38 PM   #3
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Try using the Network configuration applet in MCC. With each new version level release of Mandriva, hardware support is improved, so your card may be properly supported now and you may not need ndiswrapper to make the card work:

Open MCC (Tools > System Tools > Configure Your Computer in the menu system).

Select the Network & Internet button in the navigation bar (left).

Open the Set up a new network interface (LAN, ISDN, ADSL, ...) icon (main pane).

Select the Wireless option and follow the prompts.

HTH,
I actually did try that too and it did connect, but again, upon rebooting, no connection until I go back through the whole setup connection thing.

PS

I have been clicking the network icon in the "system tray". Is there a difference using the control panel do you think?
 
Old 02-02-2008, 02:10 AM   #4
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I get this exam same problem. I tried configuring the wireless card using the "default" and ndiswrapper method and they both get wiped when I reboot. Is there any way to fix this? Is this a bug?
 
Old 02-02-2008, 02:17 PM   #5
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TuxLives, No the kicker icon opens the same configuration applet as that found in MCC.

After searching further, I found this item in the Mandriva 2008 errata.

HTH,
 
Old 02-05-2008, 11:10 AM   #6
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TuxLives, No the kicker icon opens the same configuration applet as that found in MCC.

After searching further, I found this item in the Mandriva 2008 errata.

HTH,
Thanks for finding that. I am hoping that the native driver will actually work, so that I don't need to do anything funky (like the black list thing), but at least I have something to try.
 
Old 02-06-2008, 02:12 AM   #7
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Hi TuxLives,
I followed your suggestion but I have a few problems.

Problem 1. I am having a hard time finding the "native linux driver" for my wireless card. I have a Broadcom ‎BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI
wireless card. During the configuration of my wireless network (through the MCC), I get a prompt to get search my windows partition or find the file somewhere else. When I cancel this browse window I get another message.
Quote:
Some packages (bcm43xx-firmware) are required but aren't available. These packages can be found in Mandriva Club or in Mandriva commercial releases.

The following component is missing: /lib/firmware/bcm43xx_microcode*.fw

The required files can also be installed from this URL:
http://bcm43xx.berlios.de/
So I went to http://bcm43xx.berlios.de/ to look for bcm43xx_microcode*.fwbut the site seems to no longer be updated. I then went to the suggested site after that http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43 and now I'm really confused.

2. I tried to make the suggestions described on http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Releases...native_drivers .

My modeprobe.conf shows:

Code:
alias eth0 forcedeth
alias sound-slot-0 snd_hda_intel
options snd-ac97-codec power_save=1
install scsi_hostadapter /sbin/modprobe sata_nv; /sbin/modprobe usb_storage; /bin/true
install usb-interface /sbin/modprobe ohci_hcd; /sbin/modprobe ehci_hcd; /bin/true
remove sdhci /sbin/modprobe -r mmc_block; /sbin/modprobe --first-time -r --ignore-remove sdhci
install sdhci /sbin/modprobe --first-time --ignore-install sdhci && { /sbin/modprobe mmc_block; /bin/true; }
alias eth1 ndiswrapper
alias ieee1394-controller ohci1394
install ide-controller /sbin/modprobe amd74xx; /bin/true
alias wlan0 ndiswrapper
I don't see bcm43xx or ssb to blacklist or alias.

So basically I'm lost from here on...
 
Old 02-11-2008, 04:27 PM   #8
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Hi TuxLives,
I followed your suggestion but I have a few problems.

Problem 1. I am having a hard time finding the "native linux driver" for my wireless card. I have a Broadcom ‎BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI
wireless card. During the configuration of my wireless network (through the MCC), I get a prompt to get search my windows partition or find the file somewhere else. When I cancel this browse window I get another message.


So I went to http://bcm43xx.berlios.de/ to look for bcm43xx_microcode*.fwbut the site seems to no longer be updated. I then went to the suggested site after that http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43 and now I'm really confused.

2. I tried to make the suggestions described on http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Releases...native_drivers .

My modeprobe.conf shows:

Code:
alias eth0 forcedeth
alias sound-slot-0 snd_hda_intel
options snd-ac97-codec power_save=1
install scsi_hostadapter /sbin/modprobe sata_nv; /sbin/modprobe usb_storage; /bin/true
install usb-interface /sbin/modprobe ohci_hcd; /sbin/modprobe ehci_hcd; /bin/true
remove sdhci /sbin/modprobe -r mmc_block; /sbin/modprobe --first-time -r --ignore-remove sdhci
install sdhci /sbin/modprobe --first-time --ignore-install sdhci && { /sbin/modprobe mmc_block; /bin/true; }
alias eth1 ndiswrapper
alias ieee1394-controller ohci1394
install ide-controller /sbin/modprobe amd74xx; /bin/true
alias wlan0 ndiswrapper
I don't see bcm43xx or ssb to blacklist or alias.

So basically I'm lost from here on...
Sure,

It did not show up for me either,

I added it myself.
 
Old 03-14-2008, 04:36 PM   #9
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Hi,

I've set up multiple distros on this machine, and have found a wireless driver that works perfectly on Ubuntu for my Dell Latitude D520, using a BCM94311mcg for wireless.

Mandriva 2008 seemed to use the wireless just fine after a little messing around with it, and using the one I found for Ubuntu to work with ndiswrapper (even though it gave me an error initially), in fact, too well as it kept automatically connecting to wireless networks that require some sort of VPN authentication and trying to use that even though I am connected to ethernet. I found out that it defaulted to the wireless as eth0 and ethernet as eth1.

Anyway, I managed to fix that, but even before I did, the wireless started acting up, then stopped working...now it isn't even loading at all, and when I try to associate the driver it gives me the following message:

"Unable to find the ndiswrapper interface!"

Followed by:

"Some components (firmware) are required but aren't available for ndiswrapper hardware. Firmware files are required for this device.

The required files can also be installed from this URL:
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/mediawiki/index.php/List"

Ndiswrapper is there, I don't know what I'm missing. Can anyone help?

I managed to get this working for Ubuntu by blacklisting the firmware cutter for bcm43xx and uninstalling it, installing something else, then compiling ndiswrapper from source and installing a specific driver, and it has worked perfectly since. If I could figure out what the equivalent to these directions are in Mandriva, I think I would be fine. The directions I found for Ubuntu are at:

http://invaleed.wordpress.com/2007/1...ci-ubuntu-710/

Many thanks in advance if anyone knows what I could do...I personally don't like Ubuntu that well, and want to start using a better distro more regularly.
 
  


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