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Old 01-15-2005, 06:54 PM   #1
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Failed to enable wpa in the driver

Hi i have strange problem with mi wifi card MIM2000 on my JoyBook 5000.
I use Mandrake 10.1 witha all updates, I also install ndiswrapper but that one witch was on cd as rpm.. It running ok with my card because i can scan for others SSID an if i run

ndiswrapper -l
Instaled ndis drivers:
w70n51 hardware present

I also installed latest wpa_supplicant and install run without problem.

BUT when i try

wpa_supplicant -Dndiswrapper -iwlan0 -c/home/vladoportos/wpa_supplicant.conf

it will give me this:

Failed to enable WPA in the driver
Failed to disable WPA in the driver

What can i do, what's wrong... i know that that driver support wpa because its work under xp...
Old 09-09-2006, 07:10 AM   #2
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I did it this way

This a very old thread in pinguin terms, but since I struggled to solve the same problem, this might help others to try my solution.

This is a Fedora Core 4 with a ndiswrapper and wireless adapter working perfectly with wep. However wpa_supplicant gave this error: 'Driver does not support WPA'. I knew the driver did support WPA because it worked when my laptop was booted in Windoze.

1. keep /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf to the bare minimum because the defaults are very generic for all situations


2. use the driver option 'wext' instead of 'ndiswrapper'
sudo /usr/local/sbin/wpa_supplicant -ieth1 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf -Dwext -w
3. fire your network interface
/sbin/ifup eth1
Good luck.


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