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Old 12-22-2004, 03:40 PM   #1
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Unhappy Using Linksys Wireless-B Adapter card in SuSE 9.1

I have not been able to get my Linksys Wireless-B Adapter card to work in Linux. I have been to and not sure what to do (being an almost total novice to Linux). Could somebody give me some sort of "fool's guide" on how to get this to work please.
Old 12-22-2004, 04:27 PM   #2
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What model is your card? I'll just pretend that its a WMP11 PCI, if not then you will just have
to fiddle around with the 'ndiswrapper -i' step. First step would be to get the actual program itself:

After you grab that, open up a terminal, extract it like so:
tar xvzf ndsiwrapper-0.12.tar.gz
Then, move into the directory it created and compile:
cd ndiswrapper-0.12
make install     (you need to be root)
For the make install step to work, you will need your kernel source code installed. After its done compiling,
test to see if the program exists, type 'ndiswrapper'

Now you need to get your driver CD that you would use to install the card in windows. Put it in the drive,
and change to the cdrom directory on your system.

run this command:
ndiswrapper -i  LSIPNDS.INF
then make sure the drivers are recognized:
ndiswrapper -l
should say something like "hardware is present." Then modprobe and grab an IP using dhcpcd:
modprobe ndiswrapper
iwconfig     <--- check to see if the wireless connection is there
ifconfig wlan0 up     <-- bring up interface (replace wlan0 with whatever iwconfig tells you)
dhcpcd wlan0     <--- get an ip
ping     <--- make sure you are on the net
If you aren't using encryption, then this way should work out just fine, it did for me. If you are using wireless
64 or 128 bit security then I don't know how to configure your wireless card with that.

Extra tutorial:
Old 12-23-2004, 09:43 AM   #3
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Thanks for the help.
I was not able to install ndiswrapper. Displayed message:

Can't find kernel source in /lib/modules/2.6.5-7.95-smp/build;
give the path to kernel sources with KSRC=<path> argument to make
make[1]: *** [prereq_check] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory '/usr/local/ndiswrapper-0.12/driver
make: *** [all] Error 2'

I have installed a linux-2.6.9 kernel but not sure how to get it to work with ndiswrapper.

This novice is desperately in need of help.

Old 12-23-2004, 09:48 AM   #4
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wherver you got your kernel form get the source as well and isntall that, i had the same problem. you need the same version (exactly) of kernel source as you do the kernel itself. if that isnt possible, donwgrade your kernel to a source you do have maybe...
Old 12-24-2004, 07:29 AM   #5
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WPC11 v3 same problems

I am having the same problem with My WPC11 Version 3, Suse 9.1 finds the product and I config ure it in YAST2 for DHCP and Enter the wireless settings. I reboot and still nothing, No IP. Kwifi mgr gets a signal. I even tried entering a static IP address, nope would not connect. I changed the boot up method to both the internal NIC and the PCMCIA wpc11 to hotplug.

Can you explain how to get your kernel source code, I tried one of those 3rd party drivers Luxant I think and it said I needed source kernel or something.

Where do I get this for SUSE 9.1, I really want this WPC11 v3 working
Old 12-24-2004, 08:36 AM   #6
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The WPC11 v3 uses a Prism 3 chipset and works with drivers native to the Linux kernel for a long time. No need for kernel source, extra drivers or any of that.

Make sure that the wireless tools package is installed. This gives you the "iwconfig" commands for managing the card.

As root, modprobe orinoco hermes orinoco_cs

Use iwconfig to set the SSID, WEP key and other wireless parameters and you should be good to go. If not, post the specific errors along with the output of lsmod, iwconfig and ifconfig.
Old 12-24-2004, 01:06 PM   #7
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Thanks for the reply: here is my ifconfig:
suselinux:/home/adamsja # ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:10:A4:84:19:14
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::210:a4ff:fe84:1914/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:801 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1009 errors:83 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:83
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:411838 (402.1 Kb) TX bytes:172786 (168.7 Kb)

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
RX packets:156 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:156 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:10120 (9.8 Kb) TX bytes:10120 (9.8 Kb)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:06:25:A9:4F:2E
inet6 addr: fe80::206:25ff:fea9:4f2e/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:706 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:61 errors:0 dropped:4 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:217742 (212.6 Kb) TX bytes:17648 (17.2 Kb)
Interrupt:3 Base address:0x100

elinux:/home/adamsja # iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID:"darnell" Nickname:"darnell"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437GHz Access Point: 00:0D:88:EB4:8A
Bit Rate:2Mb/s Tx-Power:2346 dBm
Retry min limit:8 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
Encryption keyff
Link Quality:16/92 Signal level:-79 dBm Noise level:-97 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

sit0 no wireless extensions.

The problem is darnell is my neighbor, I want my ssid but when I type:
iwconfig wlan0 essid linksys_dsl
I get this error:

suselinux:/home/adamsja # iwconfig wlan0 essid linksys_dsl
Error for wireless request "Set ESSID" (8B1A) :
SET failed on device wlan0 ; Operation not supported.
suselinux:/home/adamsja #

Sorry so long, MERRY CHRISTMAS
Old 12-24-2004, 01:36 PM   #8
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OK, so the good news is that your driver seems to be loaded and the card is recognized.

If your SSID broadcast is disabled, try turning it on.
Leave WEP off for now and try removing the underscore from the SSID name (long shot).

Try using YaST to configure the SSID and see if it makes a difference.


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