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Old 04-20-2004, 12:50 AM   #1
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ndiswrapper problem for wireless card


well i just compiled 2.6.5 i was using 2.4.22 the defualt for slack
and i am using 0.6 version of the ndiswrapper for my linksys v2.7 wireless card everything was working great

well compiled the new kernel
then i went back to the ndiswrapper dir and did another make install
and all that

now when i do modprobe nidswrapper it works but...

under #iwconfig

lo ........ yadayda

wlan0 no wireless extensions

no wireless extentions????? what happend to all the info like my essid
and link signal and all that

well needless to say i am unable to get on the net or even ping anywhere

what did 2.6.5 screw up? or what did i screw up?

and how the heck am i going to get this solved

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Old 04-20-2004, 02:55 PM   #3
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Heya, I just went through this same thing more or less, here's the deal, you have to back peddle a bit, start by checking your .config file from your recent compile and make sure you have wireless networking checked, or you may have compiled it out of your kernel, but I believe it's turned on by default.

Next, DELETE ndiswrapper-0.6 directory, COMPLETELY(keep the .tar..gz file though!!) and do remove your driver, my command looks like this

<usr/src> ndiswrapper -e bcmwl5

of course your driver will be different., if your using X at all go into your network device control and DELETE any remaining links to wlan0 and ndiswrapper, etc... It will ask you to save and reboot, so do exactly that after all of this.
Log in as root for this part!!!
When you reboot unpack the ndiswrapper again

tar xvfz ndiswrapper-0.6.tar.gz

Then cd /ndiswrapper-0.6

then ndiswrapper -l To make sure you don't have anything still installed, then do a TOTALLY fresh make install, you need to do all this beause the makefile skips a few REALLY important steps if it finds files from the previous install. AFter this do the

ndiswrapper -i <your_driver>
ndiswrapper -l //to make sure it worked
modprobe ndiswrapper
iwconfig /// to make sure it worked
ndiswrapper -m ///to make it work on it's on

Then REBOOT again, not absolutely nessecary, but worked better for me this way, after reboot go back to the network devices control as root and configure, then add new and under wireless ndiswrapper should show up. If your doing this from the command prompt it's time for the rest of the instrucitons in the INSTALL file, but I have yet to do it this way.

I hope this helps you man, let me know
Joshua L. Austill
Old 04-20-2004, 05:42 PM   #4
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i think i forgot to compile wireless extentions in the kernel i makeing this machine only for a web server so i made the kernel and mininmal as possible i am recompiling the kernel right now with it included and then i will do the steps you told me to do and see what happens

thanks for you help and i will let you know what happens


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