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Old 05-30-2004, 11:31 AM   #16
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Well I have the same directory, except there is no misc subdirectory and that's where the makefile was installing it. Should I try re-installing it?
 
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There are a couple of threads you probably need to read. After doing some digging I've come across some problems that seem to be RH specific.

The first is a how-to at FedoraNEWS.org


The second is a fairly detailed thread at the Ndiswrapper forum at Sourceforge.

Go through these and make sure that you've followed the instructions. The more I'm digging iinto this the more it sounds like there are a couple of steps that either make or break a RH installation.
 
Old 05-30-2004, 01:39 PM   #18
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This seems good.
Hello,

the debug-option is turned on in the Makefile of the the driver-source, there is no command-line-option as far as I know (simply remove # in front of DEBUG,
do this before you try any make command).
Modprobe will not find the module if it is not fully installed(and you need the alias command in modules.conf). Please download latest CVS(best working I think) and do a 'make clean && make install' after(!) cding to the source directory of ndiswrapper....

than install your driver ...
-ndiswrapper -i <inf-path>

check it
-ndiswrapper -l

add the module alias...
-ndiswrapper -m

try to load the module
-modprobe ndiswrapper
if that does'nt work you may try
-insmod ndiswrappper(sometimes worked for me)

you may add your init commands (iwconfig,ifconfig route etc) to /etc/init.d/boot.local or what ever the requirements of your distro are....

I'll dl the cvs and try these instructions!
 
Old 05-30-2004, 01:49 PM   #19
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I couldn't get the cvs...I tried re installing and i got errors. I turned on debug and I got even more! I give up....Ndiswrapper just won't work with my computer. I will never get anything to work. Ever. I'll keep checking back here but I doubt anything will ever get this computer to work.
 
Old 05-30-2004, 09:41 PM   #20
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If its any consolation, ndiswrapper seems to be one of the more difficult pieces of software to get working. It seems to either work right off the bat or it is a real struggle to get it working. By the way, turning on the debug is supposed to give you more errors. If you feel like it, post the errors and we can see if anything makes sense.

BTW, are you sure this is one of the Linksys cards that uses the Broadcom chipset? I've been assuming so, but you might check the output of lspci just to be sure. If it is an older WMP11 card, we may be barking up the wrong tree with ndiswrapper.
 
Old 05-31-2004, 09:33 AM   #21
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I really don't know. Supposedly the broadcom chipset is only on a card that serial number starts with BB727 and this one doesn't I was trying linux-wlan-ng but when I got to the linux source tree question in the config, it shot out tons of errors. I was going to upgrade my kernel, but I burnt the kernel to a cd on a windows computer and it turned out nothing was on it!


Oh--I just didn't feel like putting the errors on a floppy again..I had tried with the darn .RPM and it said that it needed some file called VMLINUZ.EL I searched google for it and I couldn't get anything. I even searched freshrpms.net


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Old 05-31-2004, 11:11 AM   #22
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OK, to check on the card chipset you can use the lspci command. Post the output if you can't spot your wireless card.

The other question I have is this: Is your kernel source code installed? In order for ndiswrapper to compile properly, you need to have the source code for your version of kernel installed. If it isn't, you can install it from either your original CDs or from the RH website. I'm suspicious about the errors starting with questions about the source tree. I'm also going to guess that VMLINUZ.EL is a kernel related file. VMLINUZ is the name given to the kernel file. All of this suggests to me that the source code isn't there. By default kernel source code usually isn't installed since it takes up a chunk of disk space.
 
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I don't think that I kernel source is installed. I was looking at Knoppix and I was wondering if that would be a better linux distro..I'll go down and check the output now!
 
Old 05-31-2004, 11:24 AM   #24
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Here is the output of lspci after I ran su

[cac@localhost cac]$ su
Password:
[root@localhost cac]# lspci
bash: lspci: command not found
[root@localhost cac]#
 
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When you use su, don't just use plain su, use su - or su -l. Those will load root's path. When you just use su, you don't get roots path loaded so you have to type the full command: /sbin/lspci
 
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I never knew that! I'll try that now~
 
Old 05-31-2004, 01:51 PM   #27
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Here is my output:
[cac@localhost cac]$ su -
Password:
[root@localhost root]# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03)
00:04.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
00:04.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
00:04.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
00:04.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 02)
00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: Cirrus Logic CS 4614/22/24 [CrystalClear SoundFusion Audio Accelerator] (rev 01)
00:10.0 Ethernet controller: Unknown device 17fe:2120
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Matrox Graphics, Inc. MGA G200 AGP (rev 03)
[root@localhost root]#


Oddly enough I think that my PCI card might be the ethernet controller because I had to take out the ethernet card to put in my wireless card; It wouldn't fit in any other slots...

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Dang. I was hoping that would be a bit more informative. However in digging around, it looks like Linksys started using the Broadcom chipset when they started making the WMP11 compatible wiht 802.11g. So if your card is compatible with g, then we have to take the ndiswrapper route. If your card is only capable of 802.11b, then the Prism drivers are the way to go.
 
Old 05-31-2004, 04:27 PM   #29
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It's a wireless-b card. I tried installing linux-wlan-bg but like I said, it spit out errors no matter what i answer at the linux source tree question in the config...

What do you think about http://prism54.org/ ? I got it off of regular google..I'll try looking at linux google for prism drivers

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it spit out errors no matter what i answer at the linux source tree question in the config...
Well, it is probably going to do that if you don't have the proper kernel sources installed. In fact absolutely ANY modules you try to compile aren't going to work unless there is kernel source code installed. So as a first step you need to get that installed. In fact if you can't get the kernel source installed then we might as well give up now because that is an absolute requirement for moving on.

Once you have that done, you may need to upgrade the firmware on the card. According to this site you need the latest firmware for it to work with Linux. The downside is that you have to be in Windows to run the Linksys update software. Do you have a Windows box that you can put this card in?

I'm not sure you want to go the prism54 route. Looking over their list of supported chipsets, it looks like this card isn't supported. I think that we stand a greater chance of success with the linux-wlan drivers.
 
  


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