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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 2:39 am    Post subject: HowTo LinkSys wpc11 v.4 ndiswrapper 2.6 kernel wireless Reply with quote

This is my first howto, so bare with me.

you need to do a few things first:

1. emerge ndiswrapper wireless-tools

you may want to just manually install ndiswrapper 0.7, since that is when it started working for me.

2. download the windows XP drivers (follow the links on the ndiswrapper site) and put them in /lib/windriver/

3. make sure the appropriate kernel config params are selected (they are in a few other posts) and also emerge pcmcia-cs

do:
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ln -s /etc/init.d/net.eth0 /etc/init.d/net.wlan0
ndiswrapper -i /lib/windrivers/NET8180.INF
nano -w /etc/modules.d/ndiswrapper to have the following lines:

alias wlan0 ndiswrapper
install ndiswrapper /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install ndiswrapper &&  {loadndisdriver /etc/ndiswrapper/net8180 ; }


[EDIT] also, edit /etc/conf.d/net to include iface_wlan0="dhcp" and dhcpcd="-t 10" (for a shorter timeout). then when you call wlan0 with /etc/init.d/net.wlan0 start, it attempts to make contact.


then what I did is create a new runlevel called wireless, rc-update add net.wlan0 wireless, and that way I can select at boot whether I want ethernet or wireless. I hope this helps those of you in pain, goodness knows it took me long enough.

I also tried the config scripts that are floating around, which I think would have worked with ndiswrapper 0.7, but I haven't tried them yet.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope this works! You may have just saved me from purchasing a driverloader license. I just got this card last month.
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err... nevermind. i have the linksys pci wmp11 v.4. I guessi 'll give ndiswrapper a shot though.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, doesn't work. Ndiswrapper for the wmp11 v4 card loads fine, but doesn't register.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:03 am    Post subject: show me some things Reply with quote

give me some info, the ndiswrapper loads fine, but no connection? when you do lsmod does ndiswrapper show up? How about if you do iwconfig? You probably have to bring down eth0 before you can start up wlan0
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:22 am    Post subject: Re: show me some things Reply with quote

renumerator42 wrote:
give me some info, the ndiswrapper loads fine, but no connection? when you do lsmod does ndiswrapper show up? How about if you do iwconfig? You probably have to bring down eth0 before you can start up wlan0

Yeah, i've done all that. It loads in the kernel fine, after I stop all eth0 and unload all my network card modules. Dmesg only says it loads up ndiswrapper, but no device is attached to it. No eth0 or wlan0. Even a
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ndiswrapper -l
just says that the driver is installed, but not present. I've tried ndiswrapper before for this device, and it didn't work then. I've also found no evidence of a working wmp11 v4 working in linux on the internet withought linuxants driverloader. I'm just convinced that this card won't work right now with any open-sourced projects. It uses the InterProcom IPN2120 chip, and thats not listed on ndiswrapper's page.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:58 am    Post subject: hmmm Reply with quote

well, I am not sure what is happening. I have it working on my laptop as I write this. And it is a v. 4, unfortunately. I had to install ndiswrapper 0.7 manually before it would work, so maybe that is part of the issue.

one more thing I think I forgot in the first post:

edit /etc/conf.d/net to include iface_wlan0="dhcp"

and if you don't want to wait forever for it to time out, add -t 10 or something to dhcpcd="..."

good luck, I am going to sleep...
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2004 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This process was completely unsuccessful with my WPC11 ver. 4.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2004 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

submicron wrote:
This process was completely unsuccessful with my WPC11 ver. 4.

i have to disagree. don't use the ebuilds, just download the source from the ndiswrapper page. i'm using 0.8-r2, and it works perfectly (make sure your kernel has the correct stuff compiled in, check the ndiswrapper howto elsewhere in the forums).

my only problem: how do i make dhcpcd automatically start on boot? iface_wlan0 in /etc/conf.d/net does nothing for me, so right now i just have dhcpcd wlan0 as a command in .xinitrc but it's kinda ugly, esp if i dont wanna use x. any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2004 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I stated above, the process as stated is not enough to get the card working. You are correct, the current ebuilds for ndiswrapper don't work with this driver, however the release version, built separately will work with some effort. The following How-to is much more comprehensive and will help people dealing with these issues: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=125627&highlight=ndiswrapper+2+6
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