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Old 02-03-2007, 10:59 AM   #1
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Can see wirless networks but not connect

I hope this hasn't been asked before, I drudged through the networking and hardware forums, but there are a lot of Linux/Wifi problems so sorry if this is a repeat.

I just installed Fedora 5 on my Averatec 6210. I installed ndiswrapper and used that to install the windows drivers for my wireless card. I fudged around a lot, so I'm not 100% sure I installed them properly, however when I run NetworkManager I can see my wireless router.

However when I try to connect to my wireless router using NetworkManger it attempts to connect for about a minute or so then disconnects, at which point neither my wireless nor my wired connections work. I do a 'network restart' and the wired starts working again.

I went through a few tutorials with iwconfig, however when I put all my wifi settings in iwconfig it says "not associated". I know I'm doing something wrong, I just don't know what.

To make matters worse when i do an ifconfig I get two devices that look like wireless devices "ath0" and "wifi0". I turn them up and down with no luck.

Thanks in advance for any help.
Old 02-03-2007, 01:19 PM   #2
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Hmm ... this means that either your Router is too far away, or your network card is not very good. I had these problems with a PCI card (SWLP-54108, Sis / ACX111 chipset) and fixed them by buying a Netgear one (WG311T) which works with Madwifi (much easier to setup than ndiswrapper - just install the madwifi rpms). I spent so many hours trying to get the old one to work it was definitely worth 20 to get another one that worked.
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When i first set up my wireless card i had the same problem. Turns out i had not configured DNS. You have to make sure that DNS information comes from DHCP. As a newbie i cant remember where you set this up, but it worked for me.
Hope this helps.


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