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Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by Nvisible, Apr 26, 2004.

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  1. Nvisible

    Nvisible Thread Starter

    Aug 23, 2003
    Well I finally got broadband connection. And I know some of you are going Crap he needs more help but hey what can I say severe Newbie... Ok so here is my most recent issue Becouse of broadband place ment I have had to go with a wireless router and wireless Network card Well Linux does not notice the card and of course I can not get online so If any one could help would be great by the way I have contacted the company about the card and they have no linux drivers. So here it is

    for those who dont know or for those who have not heard it enough

    OS Suse 8.5 Linux
    Using a Belkin 54g Wireless Desktop Card 802.11b & 802.11g Model number F5D7000
  2. Whiteskin


    Nov 15, 2002
    I wont balk. I like helping newbies. More often than not, i learn somthing myself from helping you.

    For that wireless card, its going to take a little work. There are no "native" linux drivers (eg, kernel level drivers), so you will have to wrap the windows drivers, using ndiswrapper. (Take a look here: http://www.ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net)

    Here is some information : http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?threadid=80478
    http://www.kerneltraffic.org/kernel-traffic/kt20030520_216.html#2 as to why there IS not support yet in the kernel.
  3. Nvisible

    Nvisible Thread Starter

    Aug 23, 2003
    I have downloaded this as far as I read it seems to be a program that lets the linux Kernel accept and use the windows driver which is cool the problem IS that I am not sure how to install the Ndiswrapper I tried the shell and yast but no luck Is this something I have to get out of X- Server to install there is no documentation on how to Install and then is it not working becouse I am downloading it in windows and then mounting it from linux.... And thanks for the help
  4. Whiteskin


    Nov 15, 2002
    Did you read the INSTALL files?
    Install file follows:
    * Quickstart guide *

    * You need a recent kernel (at least 2.6.0 or 2.4.20) with source.
    * Make sure there is a link to the source from the modules directory:
    '/lib/modules/<VERSION>/build' should be a link to the kernel
    source, where <VERSION> is the version of the kernel you are running.
    * Some vendors ship ndiswrapper in their distributions. Either use
    it or make sure you remove it before installing ndiswrapper by


    If you are upgrading from version 0.4 or earlier make sure you delete any
    old version of loadndisdriver and any configuration in modules.conf and
    modprobe.conf since the new commands are not compatible with this release.


    1. Compile and install
    As root run

    > make install

    This should compile both the kernel module and the userspace utilities.

    2. Install your windows driver
    Download the Windows XP drivers, unpack it and locate the .inf for your card.
    Run ndiswrapper -i to install the driver

    > ndiswrapper -i </path/to/inffile.inf>

    This copies all necessary files to /etc/ndiswrapper and creates the config
    files for your card.

    After installing you can run

    > ndiswrapper -l

    to see the status of your installed drivers. If you have installed the correct
    driver you should see something like this:

    Installed ndis drivers:
    bcmwl5 present

    Where "present" means that you have a PCI-device present that can be used with the
    driver bcmwl5.

    3. Load module
    To load the module type

    > modprobe ndiswrapper.

    If you get no error the driver should now be loaded and active. You can verify
    this by checking system log (produced by 'dmesg'). If the driver is loaded
    successfully, you should see a message:

    wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx

    4. Configure interface
    Use iwconfig to configure wireless network interface. First, locate
    the wireless interface:

    > iwconfig

    This will print the wireless interface (e.g., wlan0). In
    the examples below wlan0 is used; replace wlan0 with the interface
    reported by iwconfig above.

    Set the operating mode of the interface according to your setup. In
    most cases, it is Managed:

    > iwconfig wlan0 mode Managed

    If you use encryption (WEP), set the key:

    > iwconfig wlan0 key restricted XXXXXXXX

    You can use 6 hex digits for 40-bit encryption or 10 hex digits for
    128-bit encryption. You may need to use 'open' security mode instead
    of 'restricted' depending on the setup of your AP (access point).

    Set the network name:

    > iwconfig wlan0 essid ESSID

    Replace ESSID with the network name used by your AP.

    Now, setup the network parameters for the interface wlan0. This varies
    from distribution to distribution. Refer to your distribution's
    documents on how to do this. Once this is done, you can use network
    tools to bring up the network; e.g.,

    > ifconfig wlan0 up

    5. Automate
    Once everything works fine you can write the correct modeprobe settings to
    load ndiswrapper automatically by running

    > ndiswrapper -m
  5. Nvisible

    Nvisible Thread Starter

    Aug 23, 2003
    I will print this and try it thank you I will let you know
  6. Whiteskin


    Nov 15, 2002
    remember, tar is your friend. To extract the archive, use "tar xvfz ndiswrapper*.tar.gz"
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