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Old 09-22-2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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Help setting up Dynex Wireless Card


I've been using Linux for a while, but I have never had to configure a wireless card. I'm currently trying to set up a DYNEX DX-WGNBC wireless card in slackware. I assigned it my essid, and it is recognized by the machine:
Code:
iwconfig

IEEE 802.11b/g ESSID:"honeypot" Nickname:"binaryloc"
Mod:Managed Access Point: Invalid
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Link Quality=0/100 Signal level=-256 dBm Noise level=-256 dBm
...
However, when I run kwifimanager, it tells me that it cannot find a network (I'm literally inches from the wireless router right now). I have a feeling that the card isn't configured properly, because in Ubuntu the card works find, and the link and power lights blink, whereas in slackware only the power button blinks.

I am running Slackware 12. My question is this: how do I get my wireless card to work? I don't necessarily need to be able to use kwifimanager, but it would be nice. And help would be AWESOME

I am running slackware 12

Last edited by fultron; 09-22-2007 at 12:30 PM. Reason: added OS version
 
Old 09-22-2007, 12:58 PM   #2
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Combine a few of your words here, and we get the answer:
Quote:
Mod:Managed Access Point: Invalid
RTS thrff Fragment thrff
Encryption keyff
Link Quality=0/100 Signal level=-256 dBm Noise level=-256 dBm
...
And:
Quote:
...because in Ubuntu the card works find, and the link and power lights blink, whereas in slackware only the power button blinks.
...
Both of these statements are telling me that you do not have the drivers for the wireless card installed.

Please post the outputs of:
Code:
lspci
And
Code:
lsmod
Once we have lspci, it SHOULD tell us the chipset actually used in the card, and lsmod will tell us if the module for the card is loaded.

Let us know

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Old 09-22-2007, 02:03 PM   #3
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Tanks for the reply. Here's the data you asked for:

00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 Host Bridge (rev 01)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge 00:04.0 PCI
bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge 00:13.0 USB Controller:
ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller 00:13.1 USB
Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller 00:13.2
USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB2 Host Controller
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 SMBus Controller (rev 11)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc Standard Dual Channel PCI
IDE Controller 00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400
PCI-ISA Bridge 00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400
PCI-PCI Bridge 00:14.5 Multimedia audio controller: ATI Technologies Inc
IXP SB400 AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02) 00:14.6 Modem: ATI
Technologies Inc SB400 AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 02) 00:18.0 Host
bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron]
HyperTransport Technology Configuration 00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced
Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map 00:18.2 Host
bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM
Controller 00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8
[Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control 01:05.0 VGA compatible
controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon XPRESS 200M 5955 (PCIE) 06:02.0
Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g]
802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02) 06:04.0 CardBus bridge: Texas
Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller 06:04.2 FireWire (IEEE
1394): Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
06:04.3 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments PCIxx21 Integrated
FlashMedia Controller 06:04.4 Generic system peripheral [0805]: Texas
Instruments PCI6411/6421/6611/6621/7411/7421/7611/7621 Secure Digital
Controller 06:06.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10) 07:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros
Communications, Inc. AR5005G 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)


Module Size Used by radeon 124704 0 drm 75156 1 radeon sg 30364 0
snd_seq_dummy 6788 0 snd_seq_oss 32896 0 snd_seq_midi_event 10112 1
snd_seq_oss snd_seq 50640 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_seq_device 10508 3 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq snd_pcm_oss
42784 0 snd_mixer_oss 18048 1 snd_pcm_oss appletalk 38316 0 ipv6 254496
23 capability 7304 0 commoncap 9344 1 capability lp 13736 0 parport_pc
27812 0 parport 34760 2 lp,parport_pc pcspkr 6528 0 psmouse 39048 0
pcmcia 34988 0 serio_raw 9220 0 bcm43xx 428064 0 yenta_socket 27148 2
ieee80211softmac 30464 1 bcm43xx rsrc_nonstatic 14848 1 yenta_socket
ieee80211 34248 2 bcm43xx,ieee80211softmac pcmcia_core 36500 3
pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic 8139too 25472 0 tifm_7xx1 10496 0
sdhci 18828 0 mmc_core 25988 1 sdhci tifm_core 10368 1 tifm_7xx1
ieee80211_crypt 8576 1 ieee80211 mii 8576 1 8139too pata_atiixp 9600 0
ata_generic 9220 0 i2c_piix4 11276 0 k8temp 8320 0 hwmon 6404 1 k8temp
ati_agp 10892 0 shpchp 33172 0 agpgart 31432 2 drm,ati_agp evdev 11904 1
snd_atiixp 19340 1 snd_ac97_codec 98980 1 snd_atiixp ac97_bus 6016 1
snd_ac97_codec snd_pcm 72068 3 snd_pcm_oss,snd_atiixp,snd_ac97_codec
snd_timer 22532 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm snd 47204 11
snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_atiixp,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,snd_t imer
soundcore 9824 1 snd snd_page_alloc 11528 2 snd_atiixp,snd_pcm
 
Old 09-22-2007, 02:17 PM   #4
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OK.
Chipset:
Code:
Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g]
Personally, i never had good luck with it. But if you google "bcm43xx linux" you will find a driver that does work (I never got the 'g' speeds, tho.

Your other option is ndiswrapper. Look at Alienbob's slackbuilds for it (Works great, plus lots of real neat other stuff in there).

Search the forum for best steps, and google is your friend, too.

Good luck
 
Old 09-22-2007, 02:21 PM   #5
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Not knowing the true state of that card and its use with the bcm43xx module, it may not work with it. Many of the broadcom chipsets do not work with the kernels bcm43xx module. What most have to do is blacklist the bcm43xx module. There are post here on how to do that. And then install ndiswrapper and use the windows inf driver with it. Again many post on how to install and configure ndiswrapper. No sense in me writing it out again when there are probably 100,000 post on ndiswrapper here.

Also to elimante other issues make sure the router has no wep, wpa, ip or mac filtering enabled and enable the dhcp server portion of the router. You want to make it as simply as possible.

Brian
 
Old 09-22-2007, 02:21 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cwwilson721 View Post
OK.
Chipset:
Code:
Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g]
Personally, i never had good luck with it. But if you google "bcm43xx linux" you will find a driver that does work (I never got the 'g' speeds, tho.

Your other option is ndiswrapper. Look at Alienbob's slackbuilds for it (Works great, plus lots of real neat other stuff in there).

Search the forum for best steps, and google is your friend, too.

Good luck
cwwilson:

I have a broadcom card built in, but I've more or less decided it's a lost cause, so I went out and bought a dynex card: it's atheros based. The last line:
"Ethernet controller: Atheros
Communications, Inc. AR5005G 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)"

I double checked the MAC of eth0 in ifconfig -a, and I'm not working with the broadcom card. In fact, I thought it was turned off in the BIOS. I'm baffled, because until I loaded slackware, I've never had any problems with this card, and even backtrack (which I think is slackware-based?) supports it no questions asked.

Thanks.

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Old 09-22-2007, 02:27 PM   #7
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You are correct. There are TWO wireless cards in there...I was concentrating on the pccard one, tho, because it was what the OP was asking about.

But my BCM43xx card works in 'g' with ndiswrapper, and should now work with newest drivers in the bcm43xx drivers (But my lappy died, so I have no idea...lol)

Given a choice, I'd almost go with the atheros card. But using ndiswrapper works ok with the Broadcomm one.

BTW, the BCM43xx module is already loaded, but it's support programs are not.
 
Old 09-22-2007, 02:33 PM   #8
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You are correct. There are TWO wireless cards in there...I was concentrating on the pccard one, tho, because it was what the OP was asking about.

But my BCM43xx card works in 'g' with ndiswrapper, and should now work with newest drivers in the bcm43xx drivers (But my lappy died, so I have no idea...lol)

Given a choice, I'd almost go with the atheros card. But using ndiswrapper works ok with the Broadcomm one.

BTW, the BCM43xx module is already loaded, but it's support programs are not.
Which is what I intend to do, I've had such problems getting the broadcom one set up: it took me a week to do it, then my laptop died six months later, and I couldn't get it to work again. Frustrated, I went out and bought the Dynex atheros one.

I installed slackware 12 last night (got sick of ubuntu for several reasons, all of which slackware addresses) and my dynex atheros card doesn't work. Although, when I boot into, say, backtrack (which is slackware based?) no configuration is necessary, as with ubuntu. I don't mind configuring, but I have no idea as to how to go about doing it without ndiswrapper, which I would prefer not to use since I'm almost certain there's a faster, easier wa without it.
 
Old 09-22-2007, 02:38 PM   #9
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Maybe madwifi will work:
http://madwifi.org/wiki/Compatibilit...AtherosAR5005G
 
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Being Atheros based install madwifi. Again this subject is mentioned multiple times on installing and configuring. But remember to make the network connection as it can be.

Brian
 
Old 09-22-2007, 03:13 PM   #11
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Thanks, I tried this, but problems are persisting.

Confused, I decided to try and plug my laptop into my router. Something happened that has never happened: my wired connection doesn't work. Even when I boot into an old version of DSL, my wired connection works.
 
Old 09-22-2007, 04:02 PM   #12
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Try running 'netconfig' to configure the wired connection.
 
Old 09-22-2007, 04:32 PM   #13
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Try running 'netconfig' to configure the wired connection.
I did, and it's still not working.


I tried madwifi: it's installed now, but I get "SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory" when I try to enable it now. I know that I have to move the firmware, but I have no idea WHERE to move it.
 
Old 09-22-2007, 06:41 PM   #14
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Probably /lib/firmware, I guess.
 
Old 09-23-2007, 06:25 AM   #15
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I tried madwifi: it's installed now, but I get "SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory" when I try to enable it now. I know that I have to move the firmware, but I have no idea WHERE to move it.
The madwifi driver does not come with (nor does it need separately downloaded) firmware. There is nothing to copy anywhere.

How did you install the madwifi driver? And what are the outputs from the commands "ifconfig -a" and "iwconfig" as well as "iwlist ath0 scan" (the last command will only work if the card is working of course).

Otherwise try uninstalling your current compiled madwifi software and install my madwifi package from here: http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slac...wifi/pkg/12.0/
I use this madwifi package on 2 computers (a desktop and a laptop) all the time and it works (I also use WPA encryption but I guess you'll already be glad to get a working wireless at all).

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