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Old 04-04-2004, 08:19 PM   #16
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when i run iwconfig its seeing my network,lists the access point,bit rate,encryption and all that but,when i run harddrake it sees my bcm5705 card,but just says ethernetcard for the other one and none of the drivers listed work for it.?????
Old 04-05-2004, 07:54 PM   #17
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I have posted the following somewhere else on the forum. May be this will help.
If you basic problem is getting wireless to work. I would recommend the following 2 alternate procedures.

edit your file /etc/modules.conf
add the following line :

alias eth0 ornico_pci

Now I understand that you do not have Ocrnico wireless card, however this driver which comes inbuilt(in mandrake 9.2 atleast) is known to work with most of the wireless cards. It worked on my HP Pavillion ze5385 running Mandrake 9.2. Give it a shot and let me know if it worked.

If you have windows drivers working fine for your WLAN card, you can make them work on Linux too. There is a wrapper available which makes Windows drivers work in Linux. This can be downloaded from
This needs atleast kernel(2.4.25 or 2.6.4)
Old 04-05-2004, 10:30 PM   #18
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I have tried all of the orinco drivers with it, none worked. I actually was able to connect but as soon as I signed off , Icouldnt get back on and I dont know what I did. Ill try the second procedure thanks
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I have downloaded ndiswrapper, and the drivers for my card....dont even know where to begin. help!!!
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still no luck
no luck with /var/log/messages?
Old 04-28-2004, 12:27 AM   #21
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What I did

I had some problems similar to this. When I got the key for my card form LinuxAnt, eth1 didn't show up in my network config utility (i'[ve heard this is a common problem with Mandrake...). All I needed to do was manually set the IP for the device. In my case, I use static IP addresses for machines on the internal network, so i just typed:

ifconfig eth1 netmask

After that it eth1 showed up in the network config utility and has stayed there.

See what happens if you type ifconfig eth1.... if it doesn't have an IP listed, try the above command.

Good luck!
Old 08-10-2004, 10:59 AM   #22
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i'm having the some problems and am running debian (2.6.8-rc1).
when the laptop boots, i've to run dldrconfig again to get the wireless
to work.
after running dldrconfig and keeping the default options for the
prompts, i've to do the following:
1. modprobe driverloader
2. ifconfig eth0 down
3. ifconfig eth2 <ip> netmask
4. iwconfig eth2 essid <essid>
5. iwconfig eth2 key <key>
6. dhclient eth2
after this it gets the ip and works!!!:-)

here's what i've done so far:
I've the following entries in these files:
1. /etc/modules
2. /etc/modules.conf
alias eth2 driverloader
3. /etc/network/interfaces
auto eth2
iface eth2 inet dhcp
4. /etc/network/ifstate
5. /etc/network/options
here are my questions:
1. what do i need to do to get the wireless to work at boot??
2. while booting up the laptop just sits waiting for a DHCPACK for eth0
(wired interface). how do i make it to jump to eth2 after the first try
if the cable is not connected??
3. when the laptop boots up the "driverloader" module is already loaded.
so there's something else that's causing the wireless to not work, what could this be??
any help in getting this to work will be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance.


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