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Old 11-17-2006, 12:32 AM   #1
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Unhappy WG111T USB wireless receiver is not detected on my dual boot WINXP/MEPIS 6.0 distro?

I am new at Linux and I am trying for the first time installing MEPIS
with my WINXP as dual boot. That went fine so far with no hickups. The issue is that I also have a Nergear router and my desktop uses a USB WG111T reciever and MEPIS did not load it nor recognize it. At this stage, I am a newbee and I have no idea how to have MEPIS from MEPIS Utilities recognze it and load the drivers. I do have the cd for this USB reciever but don't know how to load then into MEPIS (if this what I have to do). Any ideas and a walk through would be greatly appreciated. I am tring to get online with MEPIS and update it and learn it's functionality.

Old 11-18-2006, 12:16 PM   #2
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I think this USB dongle uses Atheros card

Try to set it up with ndiswrapper -- you may need to install 2 different .inf files from your Netgear CD -- make sure .sys files (at least one is needed) are in the same directory in Linux (copy the files from the CD or your Windows install to Linux install)

I think 1 of the .inf files is netwg11.inf -- the other starts with ath


in konsole

(root password)
ndiswrapper -i netwg11.inf
ndiswrapper -i athxxxx.inf
ndiswrapper -l

(result should show driver present for one of the new drivers and driver present, hardware present for the other)


(set up your network in mutilities -- set up Wi-Fi and wlan0 -- mark "start at boot"
and click "Apply" and "OK" at each tab)

set up first without encryption -- add encryption later

You may need to blacklist some drivers:

edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist with kwrite as root

[...add to the bottom of the file....]
blacklist islsm_pci
blacklist islsm
blacklist islsm_usb
blacklist prism2_usb

Use the wiki -- you can search it

Post to -- great forum

You may need to reboot before ndiswrapper works properly


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