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Old 12-18-2005, 08:26 PM   #1
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ndiswrapper -please help!

I'm still a newbie to linux, and i've spent the past 5 hrs solely on ndiswrapper. I have a belkin F5D7050 w/ RALINK chipset (rt2500usb driver). I have suse 10, and I install ndiswrapper through Yast2. Then I do

ndiswrapper -i drivername.inf
ndiswrapper -l
(output is driver loaded)
ndiswrapper -d 050d:7050 rt2500
ndiswrapper -l
(output is driver loaded, hardware loaded)
modprobe ndiswrapper

The first few times I tried nothing happened. Then after installing and uninstalling the driver (using ndiswrapper -e rt2500usb) I was able to get the belkin card to power up and turn the led on. I was also able to see it loaded as wlan0. Then I decided to uninstall and reinstall again because I couldn't get it to find my access point.

Well it didn't work again...nothing would happen when i would reinstall the driver. I'm in the process of reinstalling suse 10...any help as to what is the proper way to use ndiswrapper would help, or anyone who has had a belkin wireless card and their experience.

please don't tell me to google as I have been doing it all day long with various linux compatability related problems.

Any help would be great !!! (I really need to be able to get online, I can't do anything useful on the computer until the connection is up and running)
Old 12-18-2005, 08:31 PM   #2
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Old 12-18-2005, 09:09 PM   #3
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Thats how i found out I needed the rt2500usb.inf file to load into ndiswrapper.

when I type "dmesg" in the terminal i get
"No ipv6 routers present"...

not sure if that might help solve the still looking into it all over the web.

Again, any help would be great !
Old 12-19-2005, 04:13 PM   #4
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I don't have much Linux experience, but I was able to get ndiswrapper running for my old D-Link USB wireless adapter.

After you do the modprobe ndiswrapper, use iwconfig wlan0 to see what it it telling you about the wireless adapter. (This is part of Wireless Tools package) You may need to:

Set essid to your access point's name (iwconfig wlan0 essid "Your Name"
Set encryption as required and enter WEP key.

In iwconfig, if you see all 0's for the access point MAC address, you're not connected.

Once you get connected, you may need to do a DHClient Wlan0 or similar to get an IP address.

To me, there seemed to be three hurdles: (1) Getting ndiswrapper loaded with proper Windows drivers for your card; (2), getting the wireless card settings fixed to allow you to connect to your desired access point, and (3), getting an IP address from your access point.


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