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Old 12-28-2008, 12:16 PM   #1
RSKueffner
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ndiswrapper, wpa_supplicant, and RSN / WPA2 on a Dell Latitude D630


Hello. I have been a lurker for awhile; my buddy and myself dove into Slackware about a year ago as our first distribution. Thus far, we have rarely had any issues. Recently I have come to possess a Dell Latitude D630. Being a laptop, I have come to require the proper utilization of wireless; more specifically RSN / WPA2.

From my understanding, I have two internet controllers. I ran lspci -v and from the assortment of devices listed I discovered the following:

Quote:
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)
Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f9
Memory at fe7f0000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Expansion ROM at <ignored> [disabled]
Capabilities: [48] Power Management version 3
Capabilities: [50] Vital Product Data <?>
Capabilities: [58] Vendor Specific Information <?>
Capabilities: [e8] Message Signalled Iterrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities: [d0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting <?>
Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel <?>
Capabilities: [160] Device Serial Number c8-82-35-fe-ff-23-1c-00
Capabilities: [16c] Power Budgeting <?>
Kernel driver in use: tg3
Kernel modules: tg3

0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4328 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 03)
Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-card
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
Memory at fe8fc000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Memory at f0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=1M]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [58] Vendor Specific Information <?>
Capabilities: [e8] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities: [d0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting <?>
Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel <?>
Capabilities: [160] Device Serial Number 1e-00-c0-ff-ff-4c-f3-9b
Capabilities: [16c] Power Budgeting <?>
Kernel driver in use: ndiswrapper
Kernel modules: ssb
Do however note that I ran this command after executing the commands that follow. If what I read from lspci -v was augmented by the following commands, please inform me how to begin anew.

First I downloaded the ndiswrapper SlackBuild from:
http://slackbuilds.org/repository/12...k/ndiswrapper/

I extracted the tar.gz to my desktop, moved the ndiswrapper-1.53.tar.gz to the ndiswrapper directory and executed ndiswrapper.SlackBuild from the teminal. This script moved a package to the /tmp directory. I installed the package from the aforementioned directory.

I then downloaded R151519.EXE from:
http://support.dell.com/support/topi...up&file=202138

Do note that the following page may be used to access recommended drivers from the Dell website:
http://support.dell.com/support/down...&catid=&impid=

I ran this self extracting executable on my main rig and copied bcmwl5.inf and bcmwl5.sys to a thumb drive which I then copied to /etc/ndiswrapper on the Dell Latitude D630

I then executed the following:

Quote:
sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
sudo ndiswrapper -m
sudo mousepad /etc/modules
By which I added "ndiswrapper" to the file, no quotes. The file was blank.

My wpa_supplicant.conf follows:

Quote:
ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
ctrl_interface_group=0
eapol_version=1
ap_scan=1
fast_reauth=1

network={
priority=1
ssid="vader"
scan_ssid=1
proto=RSN
key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
pairwise=CCMP TKIP
#group=CCMP TKIP WEP104 WEP40
psk="*******"
}
Lastly I execute the following in the terminal:

Quote:
cd /var/run/wpa_supplicant
rm -rf wlan0
wpa_supplicant -iwlan0 -Dndiswrapper -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -dd -D
-Thanks

Postscript: I have also come across this:
http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

But haven't a clue as to how to compile it. I have read the readme mind you.

Last edited by RSKueffner; 12-28-2008 at 12:57 PM. Reason: More information
 
Old 12-29-2008, 01:01 PM   #2
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I'm not trying to be critical, at all, but what exactly was your question? I think it might help to state exactly what isn't working. And...that "bcmwl5.inf" looks very familiar to me. I remember seeing it when I was trying to get a card with a Realtek 8185 chipset working. Don't have time to look right now, but good luck.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 11:54 PM   #3
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Ahh, yes. Apologies. Got so caught up in recording the details that I guess I didn't make it clear? My purpose is to get wireless functioning correctly with WPA2. Thanks.
 
Old 12-30-2008, 02:10 PM   #4
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Hello,

Please have a look at Alien's Bob tutorial: setting up WPA encryption

You will see that inputs are also needed in file /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf. My guess is that you'll need these inputs:

Code:
WLAN_WPA[x]="wpa_supplicant"
WLAN_WPADRIVER[x]="ndiswrapper"
Please replace "x" with appropriate number for your wireless interface.
 
Old 12-30-2008, 10:10 PM   #5
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Well, I did remember correctly about seeing "bcmwl5.inf" before; only problem was that the post was about FreeBSD. The problem there was failing to get the driver directly from Dell.

Good luck.
 
Old 12-31-2008, 12:04 AM   #6
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The driver should probably be "wext" not "ndiswrapper" in the wpa_supplicant command. And get rid of the -D at the end of the command.

Having said that, you'll probably find that using wicd is much simpler.

Brian
 
Old 12-31-2008, 02:03 PM   #7
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@gegechris99
I tried your aforementioned tutorial. When executing /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 wlan_start or /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 wlan_restart I get /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1: wlan0 information: 'Any ESSID'

@jmhet42
Thanks.

@BCarey
I will look into wicd, thank you.
 
Old 12-31-2008, 08:56 PM   #8
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wicd is now included in /extra as a part of the standard distribution. On 12.1 you'll need to get it from slackbuilds.org.

Brian
 
Old 01-14-2009, 02:28 PM   #9
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Apologies for the delay of this response.

To sum it up, I've been fairly busy with work. I ended up returning home after one days work and my buddy infested my pc with spyware. I was to lazy to even download HiJackThis or CWShredder. I just reformatted and set up Slackware on my main box. If I come back to using linux on the laptop I will give wicd a look and revitalize this thread.

Thanks for all the attention guys!
 
  


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