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Old 01-22-2005, 03:34 PM   #1
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ndiswrapper + wireless pci card = not working

I'm new to Gentoo and have just installed it for the first time. I use a D-Link DWL-520 wireless network card to connect my workstation to the internet. Everything works fine when I'm on windows (like right now) which I have configured with my dual boot. I'm using ndiswrapper to use the windows drivers for my card with the following procedure:

1) copy drivers from windows partition to gentoo partition
2) install them using ndiswrapper -i
3) ndiswrapper -m
4) modprobe
5) dmesg | tail

Everything seems to work fine (with the exception of a couple WARNINGs about .exe and .dll files missing when I install the drivers) except when I use dmesg it doesn't find my wireless access point. I try iwlist scan, but it says that the operation is not supported. I'm fairly certain I'm using the right drivers (I've tried all the ones from D-Link) since it says hardware present under ndiswrapper -l and they work for windows.

The one odd thing though is that everything online that I've seen deal with this has wlan0 and ndiswrapper -m adds an alias for wlan0, but under iwconfig I have no wlan0, only lo, eth0, and eth1. eth1 has the wireless options right now.

Any ideas of what I'm doing wrong? Thanks.
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Well, if you can configure and use eth1, I wouldn't worry about it.
Old 01-22-2005, 04:21 PM   #4
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Well it doesn't detect my wireless access point.


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