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Old 08-29-2006, 01:42 PM   #1
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Little help please

Ok before I go into my newbie ranting about my problems, I just want to say that I'm greatly impressed with this forum and how helpfull it is. I've been trying to figure everything out on my own for the past few days but I've seem to hit something that just overwhelms me....

So I've been trying to get my wireless adapter working ( ohhh yes another one of those guys ) and I started off with trying everything revolving around ndiswrapper that I could search for in the forums with no luck. I currently have two wireless adapters in my laptop the first is built in and FC5 reads it as " Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter " and the second one is my WPC54GS V2 linksys adapter that goes in hand with my WRT54GS router. So I was trying my best to get the linksys adaper working so possibly it could utilize the speed boost that it claims to have.

I did everything that the ndiswrapper searches told me to do and still nothing was working. And then I found a post regarding installing ndiswrapper using yum and so I did that. Then I tried to configure ndiswrapper to use the .inf files that I got from the linksys site and came into the problem of the 4k stack issue. I've already installed the smp and smp-devel stk16.rpm files and still run into the same 4k stack error, so I dont know if thats what is still causing the issues.

Another thing I found just recently is the /sbin/lspci command ( yes I'm a noob * sadface * )which brought this up

03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802. 11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)

which means, im guessing, that it knows my linksys card is there but doesnt know what to do with it. And yes my other adapter shows in that list as well, along with my ethernet controller that I'm using right now to get online.

So any ideas or awnsers you have for me are much appreciated and sorry for the long post.

P.S. My Intel adapter showed in my network configuration when yum installed ndiswrapper without me adding it.

P.S.S. Why is my mouse making Firefox go back a page when I drag it across the screen?
Old 08-29-2006, 02:02 PM   #2
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ok the 2100 3B does *NOT* need ndiswrapper to get it going. that's good news. more than that, the ipw2100 driver is a stock part of the kernel on FC5. as such, is it not even loaded already? what does "lsmod | grep ipw2100" show? if nothing, just try "modprobe ipw2100" and see if it takes it (check dmesg output).

if you do want to go to the original project page -

btw... that's a crappy thread title, pick a better one next time ehh?
Old 08-29-2006, 02:34 PM   #3
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I have the Linksys card and it works an all distros using the instructions posted on the Ndiswrapper site.

Read and subsequent posts. may also be of help. It would also seem that the Ndiswrapper Wiki has help with this issue.
Old 08-29-2006, 10:19 PM   #4
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Thank you very much for your reply. And sorry about the title of the post, in the future I will be more specific with the title of my threads.

I ran lsmod |grep ipw2100 and it shows up :
ipw2100 70897 0
ieee80211 31625 3 bcm43xx, ieee80211softmac, ipw2100

So I've been tinkering with the ipw2100 settings and I think I should have it figured out soon. And if I can get that to work then I'll try to attempt to get the linksys card to work, if my brain hasnt melted by then.

One more small request though. Is there a page or a thread in these forums that has a good break down of terminal commands like " how to extract .tar.gz files " and things like that because I've tried to google it a bit and did some searches on the forum but nothing usefull. Because I've tried installing a few programs and now I dont know where they've gone because I cant find the files and nothing has been added in the programs menu.
Old 08-29-2006, 10:30 PM   #5
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A few to get you going

tar -xvf for .gz
tar -xjvf for .bz2
man tar
find / -name <program name> as root to find a file anywhere on your system



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