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Mandriva 2007.0 distro, new installation. Trying to connect working Belkin F5D7050 usb dongle to home wireless. Specs on dongle and proposed linux connection configs: http://opensource.bureau-cornavin.com/belkin/index.html I tried an install through ...
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- 04-26-2007 #1
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- Apr 2007
- Lancaster, PA
Wireless config-override rausb0 Win driver on Belkin F5D7050 dongle using ndiswrapper
Trying to connect working Belkin F5D7050 usb dongle to home wireless.
Specs on dongle and proposed linux connection configs:
I tried an install through the Mandrake gui, which (not surprisingly) didn't work. As alternative I selected the ndiswrapper option, and so far it's been fairly smooth. I installed ndiswrapper, got the Win drivers from the vendor cd, installed the "wireless tools" utility. No problems to that point:
---confirmed valid ndiswrapper and driver installation:
[root@localhost martin]# ndiswrapper -l
rt73 driver installed, hardware present
---verified presence on usb port:
[root@localhost martin]# lsusb
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 050d:705a Belkin Components
---Problem - see iwconfig query below, re. "rausb0 RT2500USB." System is pulling in an incorrect Win driver that's also identified with Belkin 70xx dongles. First of all, I don't know where this driver is coming from. It may be a leftover from my attempt to configure the card through the Mandriva MCC. But, it's obviously blocking the correct rt73 ndiswrapper driver from binding to the dongle.
[root@localhost martin]# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.
sit0 no wireless extensions.
rausb0 RT2500USB WLAN ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency=2.412 GHz
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Link Quality=0/100 Signal level:-120 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
In any case, I need to get the usb config'd to bind to the rt73.inf driver that's configured correctly in ndiswrapper, and override whatever process is calling and using the rt2500 driver. I'd prefer a process that doesn't require running a console script every time I want to insert the dongle.
I found a Ubuntu forum thread that posed exactly the same problem on exactly the same device, and a working solution. See:
I understand the problem he describes, since it's mine exactly. Happily he figured out a solution. However, I'm new enough to this process that I can't interpret the user's fix, or how to apply it in my environment. A boot-time blacklist of that driver would seem to be the right direction, but I don't know how to configure it, or if that will even fix the problem. I assume there is a runtime configuration process activated (as usual with usb) just as the usb device is inserted. I have a basic grasp of linux commands, but I don't work extensively in a console. A bit of hand-holding may be in order.
- 05-19-2007 #2
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- Dec 2004