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Old 12-02-2005, 11:27 PM   #1
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HP Laptop, Wireless, Ndiswrapper Issues

I have an HP laptop with a Broadcom wireless card. I installed Mandriva 2006 Linux on the unit. Everything configured swimmingly except the 54G card (well, that and IRDA, but I digress).

After much agonizing, my plan was simple -- use the BCMWL5A.INF/.SYS files with ndiswrapper to get the card up and running.

I ran ndiswrapper -I on the .INF file -- it created everything like it should.

I ran ndiswrapper -m to create the alias in modprobe.conf.

STILL it does not work.

Ndiswrapper -l yields:

Installed ndis drivers:
bcmwl5a driver present, hardware present

Iwconfig tells me:

lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
eth1 no wireless extensions.
sit0 no wireless extensions.

Trying to use the Mandriva Control Center: There's an icon for "Wireless connection", which would seem the logical place to go, but when I select it I get, "You do not have any wireless interface. Run the "Set up a new network interface..." assistant from the control center." When I run THAT, it's the standard new connection set up. I select Wireless Connection, then it asks for the net device and offers "Manually load a driver" or "Use a Windows driver (with ndiswrapper)". I pick the latter and I have 2 options

-- "Install a new driver" or "Use the ndiswrapper driver bcmwl5a". I pick the latter, hit next, and get the error, "Unable to find the ndiswrapper interface!".

Then I did a modprobe ndiswrapper and I get back, "FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found".

Earlier, I went in at the command line and tried to configure it as well. I've created the script to start it and added it to rc.local; I created the config, ifcfg-wlan0, in etc/sysconfig/network-scripts. And yes, I ran ndiswrapper -l / -m from the config line, modprobe, and iwconfig as well. In every case, I keep coming back to the same issue -- ndiswrapper is not being found. Throughout all trials, the lighted button (HP laptops have a button for wireless) never lit up. (Yes, I tried pushing the button at one point as well. LOL)

Using the GUI, I removed the ndiswrapper package and reinstalled it -- no change, still get the same results.

I went in this afternoon and completely removed it all -- the config files, entries in modprobe.conf and rc.local, the works. I'm ready to try it all yet again from the beginning. I'm hoping SOMEONE might have some insight into what's going on here -- I'm pretty sure we have an issue with ndiswrapper since every time I've tried getting this configured the issues come back to ndiswrapper not being bound.

Old 12-03-2005, 04:13 PM   #2
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Here is the guide I used;
I'm using the same card and it does work. I have not had any problems for about 3 weeks so I guess it will be fine. This laptop is running Slackware 10.2.I am using the newest ndswrapper and a driver from;
This one ->
I'm using bcmlw5.inf

Last edited by comprookie2000; 12-03-2005 at 04:26 PM.


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