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Old 11-08-2005, 11:41 AM   #1
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Unhappy having a rough time with wireless on 64bit suse

Hey guys, I've been trying to get my wireless to work on Suse 10 64bit, on my hp pavilion zv5000 laptop using a Broadcom wireless card but I keep running into problems. I have followed every tutorial I have come across, and none of them really seem to get me very far. I have already set up my wireless card using YaST, setting ndiswrapper as the module.

I have installed ndiswrapper through YaST (along with the ndiswrapper kernel module sources, also through YaST).
When I list the installed drivers in ndiswrapper using ndiswrapper -l, I get

Installed ndis drivers:
bcmwl5  driver present, hardware present
alright, so that looks good. Now I try to load the module using ndiswrapper, using ndiswrapper -m

modprobe config already contains alias directive
ok... so I do modprobe -a ndiswrapper, and I get this:

WARNING: Module ndiswrapper not found.
hmm... strange. Just to check I do lsmod | grep ndiswrapper, and get nothing.

I am aware that I am trying to use 32bit drivers on a 64bit system, so I rangle up the 64bit drivers for my wireless card (that apparently worked for other people), but get the exact same results.

iwconfig gives me this:

lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

sit0      no wireless extensions.
So my next thought was to uninstall ndiswrapper through YaST, and compile it from source. The only problem there is as soon as I execute 'make' (ndiswrapper has no configure script), I get:

make -C driver
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/justin/install folders/ndiswrapper-1.5/driver'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.13-15-default/build SUBDIRS=/home/justin/install folders/ndiswrapper-1.5/driver \
make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.13-15-obj/x86_64/default'
make -C ../../../linux-2.6.13-15 O=../linux-2.6.13-15-obj/x86_64/default folders/ndiswrapper-1.5/driver
make[4]: *** No rule to make target `folders/ndiswrapper-1.5/driver'.  Stop.
make[3]: *** [folders/ndiswrapper-1.5/driver] Error 2
make[2]: *** [folders/ndiswrapper-1.5/driver] Error 2
make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.13-15-obj/x86_64/default'
make[1]: *** [default] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/justin/install folders/ndiswrapper-1.5/driver'
make: *** [all] Error 2
Sorry for the SUPER long post guys. Im still a real newbie when it comes to linux, and I've been having a hell of a time trying to get this sucker to work.

Thanks for any help / input.
Old 11-10-2005, 01:18 AM   #2
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Wow do I feel stupid. Haha I found out what I was doing wrong and it was way simpler than I thought.
I usually put all the subfolders of programs containing ./configure scripts in a folder called ~/install folders, just so that I am able to keep track of what is installed, and so I can uninstall programs easily. I found that ndiswrapper was having a tough time compiling for some reason because of the space in "install folders". I changed it to "install-folders" and it compiled fine. I THOUGHT something looked a little strange on the line right before MAKE started complaining.

Its an honest mistake I guess, Im just happy that I finally figured it out, because nobody else appeared to be having this problem


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