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Old 10-26-2005, 05:13 AM   #1
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Used ndiswrapper, but stuck at configuring - Kubuntu


Hi,

I'm trying to get my wireless network up and running on a linux box I am playing with. It has Kubuntu 5.0.4 running on it.

I downloaded a windows driver and used ndiswrapper on it, following the instructions as best I could. I think it worked up to this point. When I list the drivers I get

$ndiswrapper -l
zd1202 driver present, hardware present

The light on the card is on, so it's working.

I then try to configure it:

$iwconfig
lo no wireless extentions.
sit0 no wireless extensions.

At this point I'm stymied - I'm expecting something to happen on wlan0.

My network has a WEP key.

Any help is much appreciated and if there's any more info I can give just say.

Thanks,
Yet another Linux n00b
 
Old 10-26-2005, 07:00 AM   #2
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I think you missed a step. Did you use modprobe to load the ndiswrapper kernel module? Another possibility is that you didn't run ndiswrapper -m which puts an alias line in your /etc/modprobe.conf file and allows the rest of the system to see wlan0
 
Old 10-27-2005, 02:48 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. I did the modprobe thing, and it seemed to work at the time. I couldn't remember doing ndiswrapper -m, so I did that:

$ndiswrapper -m
modprobe config already contains alias directive

I then tried iwconfig again and got all the old familiar messages.

So just to be sure, I did the modprobe thing again. Everything went swimmingly, but when I checked the system log I got this:

$dmesg
ndiswrapper version 1.4 loaded (preempt=yes,smp=no)
ndiswrapper (import:251): unknown symbol: ntoskrnl.exe:RtlRaiseException
ndiswrapper (load_sys_files:505): couldn't prepare driver 'zd1202'
ndiswrapper (ndiswrapper_load_driver:96): loadndiswrapper failed (11); check sys

and still no wlan0.

Sigh.

Last edited by Motley Phule; 10-27-2005 at 03:02 AM.
 
Old 10-27-2005, 07:10 AM   #4
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When you load the .inf file for your card, is the .sys file in the same location? That "check sys" error is the main reason I'm asking. It is also possible that the Windows driver you're using isn't compatible with ndiswrapper, despite the ndiswrapper -l message. Are you using the driver for your card suggested by the ndiswrapper wiki? If you aren't, I would suggest trying that first. If you are using that one, see if you can get a different set from the card manufacturer. If you post your card make/model someone may be able to point you in a direction that might work.
 
Old 10-27-2005, 07:11 PM   #5
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My card is a ZyAIR B-320 PCI card, which is 802.11b. I've looked for the chipset, and I *think* it's some sort of prism, but I can't find out for sure. The driver I used was downloaded from the manufacturer's website.
 
Old 10-28-2005, 07:23 AM   #6
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Man, that card is impossible to find details about......

There are a couple of things I would do. First, I would look at the output of lspci and see if that gives any details about the card. Since ndiswrapper doesn't expliciting support it, finding the chipset would help enormously. Second, I would try ndiswrapper with as many different drivers for that card as I could find. If the XP drivers don't work, try the Win2000 drivers. If they have Win98 drivers, try those.
 
Old 12-16-2005, 01:08 AM   #7
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Thanks

Hello Hangdog,

Just wanted to say thanks for your help. I've given up trying to install linux on that box, but I did/do appreciate the help.

Regards,
Richard
 
  


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