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Old 01-19-2005, 01:55 AM   #1
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Ndiswrapper v1.0 RC3 available


Hi folks,

I thought I'd just post this to let everyone know that the latest Release Candidate is available for ndiswrapper. If you do use it and have the time than I'm sure the guys there would appreciate the feedback on their excellent product. Changelog and other stuff as follows:

Version 1.0 2005-XX-XX Changelog
======================
* Preliminary support for AMD64 (tested with Broadcom chipset)
* Dynamic loader support: A driver is loaded only when necessary, so
even if many drivers are installed or if a driver installs many
.conf files (e.g., Centrino), only drivers and device configurations
necessary are loaded.
* Set RadioState used by Broadcom drivers to 0, instead of 1. This
turns on radio (although name suggets the other way round).
* Bug fixes

* Workaround for CONFIG_DEBUG_SPINLOCK, but this option is discouraged
* task_nice is not used anymore, so should compile with kernels where
this is not exported
* More spinlock correction. Some drivers are reported to work with
SMP. Not all drivers may work (at least Prism54 USB driver seems to
be buggy)

* Spinlock rewrite: This time SMP should work. Really.
* Sends multiple packets (if driver supports it) in each send
operation for better efficiency
* Most of the functionality of loader is moved to userspace tool
loadndisdriver so it is more robust
* Encryption info is restored during disassociation; this is useful if
ad-hoc mode is used as psuedo master mode
* MAC address can be set in .conf files (in /etc/ndiswrapper/<driver>
directory) or changed at any time (with 'ifconfig hw class' command)
* Association and disassociation should happen quickly especially with
wpa_supplicant
* Compilation issues with old gcc and sed are fixed
* Kernel crash when ejecting cards with cardctl in 2.4 kernels is
fixed

Bug Reports
============

Before sending bug reports, please check archives of mailing list and
public forum available at project home page:
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net. Both these have search facility.
Follow the instructions below when sending a bug report:

* Recompile with 'make DEBUG=3' and reload ndiswrapper module.
Report dmesg output. Without this step, proper feedback may not be
possible. Include details about your card, chipset (reported by lspci),
distribution, kernel version in the post.

* Check if latest CVS works.

* Use an alternate windows driver; see the link in Status section above
for a driver that is known to work for your chipset. You may also
find more information in the Wiki.

Submit you bug reports
here
 
Old 01-19-2005, 08:02 AM   #2
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haha!! rc3 is telling me that wlan0 does not support MAC addresses.
 
Old 01-19-2005, 08:16 AM   #3
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haha!! rc3 is telling me that wlan0 does not support MAC addresses.
bug reported!!
 
Old 01-19-2005, 11:40 AM   #4
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RC3 works fine for me on latest but one kernel from Fedora, it isnt happy with 2.6.10-1_741. Not sure whether to bug it but what the hell.
 
Old 01-19-2005, 01:41 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by snecklifter
RC3 works fine for me on latest but one kernel from Fedora, it isnt happy with 2.6.10-1_741. Not sure whether to bug it but what the hell.
Maybe I need to update kernels. one question.....is each new version of ndiswrapper kernel specific? I've heard for example that ndiswrapper v0.12 works on one, but not another, and so forth.

one question for you. did you do anything different on the install than what is on the LQ tutorial? and what kernels are you running it on?
 
Old 01-19-2005, 04:26 PM   #6
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I'm currently using the 2.6.10-1.737_FC3.stk16 kernel from linuxant on my desktop after ndiswrapper made a fuss about stack sizes. It isnt necessary for my driver however and it works fine on my laptop with the 2.6.10-1.737_FC3 vanilla kernel. I installed using the ndiswrapper wiki.
Regards
Chris
 
Old 01-19-2005, 06:46 PM   #7
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Originally posted by snecklifter
I'm currently using the 2.6.10-1.737_FC3.stk16 kernel from linuxant on my desktop after ndiswrapper made a fuss about stack sizes. It isnt necessary for my driver however and it works fine on my laptop with the 2.6.10-1.737_FC3 vanilla kernel. I installed using the ndiswrapper wiki.
Regards
Chris
I read somewhere that the RTL8180 chipset doesn't use 8K stack sizes (or has no problems with 8k stack sizes) could someone verify that?
 
  


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