Installing ndiswrapper-1.1 during Gentoo insallation
Before I start, I just want to let everyone know that this is my 3rd day with Linux so bear with me :?
I'm trying to install Gentoo 2005.0 (yeah, probably not the best OS for beginners, but I like to set my standards high) and my Linksys Wireless-G PCI-Adapter (Model No. WMP54G) isn't working. When I boot the Gentoo installation from the CD (loading the kernel with gentoo docache) I get the No Network device auto detected error. When I run the ifconfig command I just get a Local Loopback and I get a Device not found error when I pass it both eth0 and wlan0 so I can't do a dhcpcd. I've tried net-setup with eth0 and wlan0 with the My network is wireless option. I've also tried using iwconfig and I get lo no wireless extensions. and I get the No such device error when I pass it either eth0 or wlan0. When I run lspci my Network controller comes up at RaLink RT2500 802.11 Cardbus Reference Card (rev 01) so I'm guessing it's recognizing that a 802.11 card is there, but Gentoo just doesn't have the right modules or drivers to get it working. When I try to load a module using modprobe I don't see my network card (using ls /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net) . Under the wireless section I see yellowfin.ko and znet.ko and when I try to load znet.ko I get a Module znet.ko not found. but the yellowfin.ko module will load but it does nothing. When I do a lsmod here's the output:
Through my needle in the haystack search with Google I've come across ndiswrapper-1.1. What I've done is burnt ndiswrapper to a cd with my linksys drivers. umounted my cdrom, inserted this burnt disc with the app and drivers, copied the tar.gz file to a folder, unzipped it, and put the Gentoo installation cd back in. Now I dont' know what to do since my wireless card is the only way I can get to the internet and I can't use emerge or make since the commands aren't available and I don't have access to the internet. I need to download a stage file and portage. What I have tried to do is copy the files in /bin to a temporary bin folder, copy the ndiswrapper-1.1/utils folder into this temporary bin folder and then chroot it. That didn't work. Sorry if this is long and stupid, but I tried to explain in the greatest detail I could to let you guys know what's happening. Thanks.