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Old 01-08-2007, 09:09 PM   #1
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Unhappy WPA with Dell Wireless 1500 (Broadcom 4328)

Hi! First of all my name is Dimi.
I'm a kind of noob to linux and I thought installing Gentoo Linux by myself will give me some deeper insight into Linux OS. So I grabbed my brand new Dell Inspiron 640 notebook with a Dell Wireless 1500 WiFi Controller and now I'm trying to get this damn network card to work for almost 5 days.

I'm now so far that I can establish a wireless connetion to an unencrypted network. For now I'm using the ndiswrapper driver 1.33 and wpa_supplicant 0.5.4.

The problem I have is that I wasn't yet successful connecting to my WPA1 encrypted network. As I said connecting to a plain network works fine. I have already googled for every possible combination of keywords but it seems that there aren't many people with this problem, so I thought that maybe you guys can help me out.

I'm not sure which info I should provide, so that you can give me a proper advice, so I will just wait for someone to tell me .

The config for my WPA network looks like this (/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf snippet):
network={ ssid "foo"
The commented switches are one I've already tested, that means that I tried to connect with and without them. I'm sure that my psk key is correct, I tried the ASCII key and the one generated with wpa_passphrase.
To test my connection I'm using the following command:
wpa_supplicant -Dndiswrapper -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf -d
I also tried to use the -Dwext switch instead of the -Dndiswrapper (i haven't found a description for the wext driver, I have no idea what it is) as it was suggested in one of the articles I found, but I still had no luck. Also I'm sure that my wlan card at least sees the network because it is displayed by using: iwlist wlan0 scan command.

I hope that someone can help me out because I don't have a clue how to get it to work. Thanks!
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Sorry for double posting, my browser acts kinda weird. Could an admin please delete this thread?
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i may have ran into the same issue with a 4318 broadcom. run wpa supplicant with the -d option and paste the part where it fails to connect.

i also tried to use the -Dwext switch instead of the -Dndiswrapper (i haven't found a description for the wext driver
The way i understand it is instead of using the ndiswrappers wireless extensions, it uses the ones compiled in the kernel. If you don't have wireless extensions compiled in the kernel it won't work.

a quick way to check would be to
cat /usr/src/linux/.config | grep CONFIG_WIRELESS_EXT

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