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Old 10-15-2005, 04:58 PM   #1
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wmp54g suse 10 beta 4


Hi all. I apologize if I'm reposting the same thread but I can't find any information on how to install ndiswrapper with suse 10.

I am a total newbie and need step by step instructions, I'm not even sure how to run the commands if they're not spelled out.

I have a compaq nx9030 laptop with a centrino chip, intel PRO/wireless 2200BG, and am using a linksys wmp54g


Any and all help is appreciated!!! I don't want to use winblows anymore, and this is the only thing left to get working..........
 
Old 10-15-2005, 05:17 PM   #2
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Here ya go!

I hope I dont get into trouble posting this link. It really works and got my WMP54GS 1.1 card working in no time at all. I threw the drivers from Linksys (only the "Drivers" folder from the extracted file that i had to download on my windows PC and burn to a CD) along with the ndiswrapper program from Sourceforge.net into a subfolderfolder named 'archives' in my home folder. Look out for duplicate files ending in .inf . Use the one with all of the text in it and not the one with Linksys' URL. Bang! Youre in!

What I did do different is leave my wireless card out until all of the drivers were in place and ndiswrapper was ran.

Simply follow the steps, you should have no trouble.

http://nextgen.no-ip.org/~andrew/lin...rapperinfo.php

Right now my encryption is open. I have DHCP enabled and I can immediately browse the web.

From my posts here I wish I could get so much help. My learning curve is slow. After I do learn I can be a pretty good teacher.

Alan
 
Old 10-15-2005, 08:36 PM   #3
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Alan, thank you so much for the link!!! I just took a quick look at it and it looks like it will be very useful. I'm going to give it a shot tonight and I'll keep you posted


-R
 
Old 10-16-2005, 12:17 AM   #4
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::deep breath::

Okay, I got 1/3 of the way through installing it! I followed the directions on the link that you posted, did a search for ndis, wireless, kernel-source, gcc, and make . I made sure that they were all deleted or installed, and successfully unzipped ndiswrapper to my documents folder.

Then I hit a snag. I am at the part where I have to install the windows xp drivers in linux so that the ndiswrapper has something to "wrap around" as I understand it. The directions told me to run this command (for example):

ndiswrapper -i <The Path to your windows xp .inf file>

I did, and my command was this:

ndiswrapper -i /home/rzavarella/Documents/linksys driver/autorun.inf

I'm not sure if I'm directing it to the right location, but it's the only .inf file I can find where I extracted ndiswrapper to. The problem is, that linux is giving me an error message "bash - ndiswrapper is not a command"

I know it's not a command, but that's what the directions say to do.

Not sure what to do next. And I can't copy the text from the command shell down because I have to connect to the internet with windows. So, I have to switch back and forth to get to this forum to ask my questions.

I'm halfway there, any suggestions??

Last edited by rzavarella; 10-16-2005 at 12:20 AM.
 
Old 10-16-2005, 11:21 AM   #5
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Lets see...

Here's the steps I performed:

Create a folder in: /home/"user name" called "drivers" (without the quotes)

So open "home', then your user name, then right click in an open area, then "Create Folder, type over the name "created folder" and type "drivers" (without the quotes), left click to finish.

I burned the files from my XP box to a cd. The files that I burned were from the extracted Linksys drivers from Linksys' website. The only files you really need are in the "drivers" folder in the extracted folder. The drivers I used were in the "WMP54GSv1[1].1_20050428" folder I extracted.

Also on the cd I burned the ndiswrapper file from Sourceforge.net . It was "ndiswrapper-1.4.tar.gz"

Drop the cd in the Suse box, close the drawer, now leaving the home/"user name" window open , browse the cd you created and drag the whole "drivers" folder into the "drivers" folder in the home/"user name" folder. Drag "ndiswrapper-1.4.tar.gz" there too.

Now, you can close the cd browser window. Double click on the "drivers" folder in home/"user name" and you should have another "drivers" folder containing 5 files at this point you may wish to reduce you confusion and delete the .inf file that has only Windows NT driver info (its "WMP54GS.inf").

Breathe.

Now, right click in an open area in the home/"user name"/"drivers" folder (not the linksys drivers, you should see the ndiswrapper program there along with a drivers folder at this point). When you right click you will see a menu. Click "Open In Terminal".

The fun starts....

At the prompt in terminal, type "su" , press enter (this takes you to root privileges). Type the root password, press enter.

Now you're going to be extracting the ndiswrapper program to this folder. Type this exactly:

tar -zxvpf ndiswrapper-1.4.tar.gz

Press "enter"

A string of lines will scroll and a new folder wil pop up in the drivers window with the same name as the ndiswrapper file (or you could have simply right clicked the ndiswrapper file and picked "Extract Here".

In the terminal window type "cd ndiswrapper" , press "enter".

Type "make install" , press "enter". In a bit, and hopefully without any errors you will be back to the prompt. The ndiswrapper program is now installed in your box. We're still using the terminal window, so don't close it.

type "cd drivers" , press "enter" . Next we'll install the drivers for your Linksys card.

type "ndiswrapper -i WMP54GSa.inf" EXACTLY as it shows, Linux wants the file name EXACT.

Drivers are installed. Type "ndiswrapper -l (littlle L) and it will list the installed driver.

At this point we have drivers installed and the card isn't in the slot yet. Shut down the pc, unplug it and press the "Power" button to discharge the power supply and remove all the residual voltage from the motherboard. Install the wireless card, attach the antenna and plug the pc back in and power it up. If you press the "esc' key while it's booting you should see info about your card come up.

Ok, so now we will config the system to start the wireless card up.

Open a terminal window and type "modprobe ndiswrapper", press "enter" , then type "ifconfig wlan0", and press "enter". At this point the lights on the card should light up.

If so, you should be able to configure the settings through Yast and get a browser window.

Just follow the link that I gave you and see if you can do the rest. If you got the lights on, your most of the way there.

Let me know. I'll add more as you need it.
 
Old 10-17-2005, 06:27 PM   #6
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Hate to hijack a thread, but coincidently my son is trying to install the same card in Suse 10. He has followed the wiki here , but is still have some probs getting it up and running.

I tried the above link noted by supwiddiss, but can't connect. Anyone else having probs with that site?

thanks in advance for any input
 
Old 10-17-2005, 10:45 PM   #7
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dang, I am too. tell me your problems, maybe i can help.
 
Old 10-18-2005, 01:15 PM   #8
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Let me check with my son and I'll get back. Thanks!
 
Old 10-18-2005, 10:39 PM   #9
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Well it looks like he got it working afterall. Apparently after a reboot all is well. Thanks for your time though!
 
Old 10-18-2005, 10:40 PM   #10
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I am having the same problem as them too...I got ndiswrapper to install the correct driver (wlipnds.inf for a WPC54G) and the power light it on. ndiswrapper also says driver present, hardware present. But I am not connecting to the internet on it.

BTW...the link doesn't work for me either
 
Old 10-20-2005, 10:04 PM   #11
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I messed up on the model number of my router!! It's not wmp54gc, it's WRT54GC. So I went to the linksys site to download the drivers for it, and they are unavailable. I scoured the net looking for drivers but can't find them.....

Anyone know of any way to find the drivers on my windows hard drive? I'm not sure how to access the drivers that the setup program installed. I figure if I can find the drivers and copy them to a cd, then I can continue with Alan's installation directions. For now I'm stuck.
 
Old 10-20-2005, 10:23 PM   #12
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I'm sorry, you need drivers for a ROUTER? Can't you access it from typing 192.168.1.1 in a browser window? I'm wondering why you need drivers.
 
Old 10-25-2005, 11:38 PM   #13
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Check YOU for driver for intel PRO/wireless 2200BG
 
Old 10-27-2005, 09:31 PM   #14
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I need the drivers for the Linksys wireless router, correct? Or am I looking for the drivers for my intel PRO/wireless 2200BG?


To recap, this is my situation... I have a laptop with the intel card already in it, the intel Pro/wireless 2200BG. Linux already recognizes this wireless card in my laptop.


So far, I got the ndiswrapper program installed on linux, but the problem is I can't find the drivers for the linksys router. As I understand it, I need the drivers for the linksys wireless router so I can install it with ndiswrapper. Please correct me if I'm wrong.



I apologize for the confusion.

Last edited by rzavarella; 10-27-2005 at 09:47 PM.
 
Old 10-27-2005, 10:12 PM   #15
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Clarification needed please

If you wish to get your wireless card to work, you will need the correct drivers so that Linux will know how to make it work, pretty much.

Your router is a stand alone unit, It works on it's own. You access it's settings through a web browser. If you have a cat5 cable running from the nic card on your pc to a lan port on the router, then type in 192.168.1.1 (Linksys routers) in a browser's address bar, a web page pops up. This is where you can change your router's settings.

FIrst you need to establish a link from your pc to the router. If you have a supported nic card (wired) then Linux should identify it and if the settings for the network (in Yast) are set to DHCP, your pc should be good to go as far as browsing the net or at least accessing the routers settings go.

Ok,

Now, when you get your wireless card to work, you will be able to do the same things to the router as you could with the wired card. You need to use ndiswrapper in the manner described to get the Windows drivers converted to something that Linux can use.

You may be confusing FIRMWARE for the router with drivers. The firmware is what makes the router function on its own. You can download the firmware onto your pc, then (in Windows as far as I know) go to the router's built in web page, select to update the firmware...the router will give you a "OK, where on your pc is my new firmware located" window. You browse to where your downloaded firmware file is and click update or something like that. On my WRV54G router, I couldn't set the time accurately on it's built in clock. Updating made the clock settable automatically (which it didn't before) and gave me a new tab to make it a wireless hot spot if I wished to. It work's all by itself and doesn't need a pc to control it, but to change it's settings you need some way to "push it's buttons" and it's built in web page is how you do it. Laser printers are the same way too, you can change them by accessing their internal web page.

So, hopefully this helps a bit.

Alan
 
  


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