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WOW I have to say this is my first foray into Linux and now I see why no one wants to use it. I do not mean to dis a OS and I know how Linux users feel about Microsoft believe me I am right there with you. I have just purchased a T1631 Gateway Laptop it comes with RealTek Wired/Wireless built in. UBUNTU,MANDRIVIA,OPENSUSE all pickup the Wired none pick up the wireless. I run System,Admin, Hardware Testing, in UBUNTU and this is what it says. Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Unknown device 8199 (rev22) for the wireless card. By digging I find I have a RealTek 8187S card built in the only drivers I have found are the 8187B and 8187L neither seem to work. I have dual boot with vista and I am able to get the inf and sys file but even running NDSWrapper it does not help. So why would people use a OS when they cant even get their hardware to work with it. I must says I am more and more impressed with the GUI that UBUNTU and MANDRIVA have but what good is a PORCHE when you dont have a engine.
I know that Jean does not like ndiswrapper, but I have to repeat that I have this same chip (8187B) and the same laptop (Toshiba A210), and I have tried the drivers you have been working with. I had the same issues others are having. But, I triple boot this laptop (Ubuntu, Slackware, and Suse11) and ALL of them work beautifully with ndiswrapper for this wireless. Now, I have no need for encryption, so I do not use it. But the wireless works great with a strong signal.
If no one is interested in using ndiswrapper, so be it. But if anyone would like me to give them the steps I used, I will be glad to try and help.
As a pilot I need a flexible laptop that can use many wireless connections that I have no control over and most these days are wpa1/2, and ndiswrapper rtl8187b just does not seem to be able to get past wpa, though WEP I am not sure of,
is anyone having success with this on a A210 toshiba???
I had a lot of headache trying to get realtek's 8187b wireless working. I also tried ndiswrapper, and the modified driver. Everything looked OK when using the wireless tools (iwconfig, iwlist, etc.) but for some reason the d*** card still wouldn't associate with any AP.
What finally worked for me (flawlessly, I might add) was to compile/upgrade to the 2.6.27 kernel which now includes support for the 8187b!
No doubt the modified drivers and ndiswrapper make this card work for some, but I was never able to acheive full functionality on this toshiba laptop until I compiled and installed a new kernel. The 2.6.27 kernel has native support for the rtl8187b, and it is now working perfectly.
Distribution: Xubuntu 9.10, Gentoo 2.6.27 (AMD64), Darwin 9.0.0 (arm)
I have this card in my Tosiba A215 laptop running 64bit Gentoo (2.6.26-gentoo-r1) it works with the rtl8187b-modified-jadams-2-1-2008.tar.gz driver. I tried the modified win98 and ndiswrapper and the other modified driver from the same page as the jadams one. this was the only one I could get to work. I just: (as root)
tar xvzf rtl8187b-modified-jadams-2-1-2008.tar.gz
chmod 777 *
to install the driver then:
to bring it up.
then it's just a simple matter of iwconfig and ifconfig to set it up to work with my network.