Hey, i'm currently running Mandriva Linux 10.1 on my computer and this is my first Linux system so I'm new to it all and I barely have any idea what i'm doing. I'm trying to get my Linksys WMP-11 wireless card working with ndiswrapper.I installed ndiswrapper and loaded up the windows drivers from the linksys cd but when i put the "ndiswrapper -l" command all the drivers show up as invalid. Any help would be very welcome. I've been trying to get online with this computer for over a week now and i'm losing hope...
lspci will show the chipset (my card was a Linksys wpc11 but the chip set is a realtek 8180 or something similar from memory),
get the drivers for the listed chipset in lspci (or lsusb -vvv if it's usb)
when i do that this is what come sup for my ethernet controller:
00:0f.0 Ethernet controller: Linksys, A Division of Cisco Systems: Unknown device 2120
see this post for more info regarding setting up wireless in linux
I duno I tried so many different things and i still can't get it to work... :?
goto the ndiswrapper wiki site and download the drivers which people have tested and seem to work with the newer ndiswrapper versions.
then execute the following commands:
the iwconfig is just to see if the system picks up the card successfully.
ndiswrapper -l <---- find the name of driver currently installed
ndiswrapper -e name_of_driver <----------- uninstall current driver
ndiswrapper -i name_of_new_driver.inf <------------- install the new driver
ndiswrapper -m <------------- write the modprobe config file
ndiswrapper -l <----------------- to see if driver installed correctly
modprobe ndiswrapper <------------- insert the modeule into the kernel
ok i did that and tested it with on of the drivers i downloaded and this is what came up:
Installed ndiswrapper drivers:
lspinds driver present, hardware present
[root@localhost cdrom] # iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.
sit0 no wireless extensions.
wait, the drivers need be on the hard drive for future access, so whats the cdrom directory?
well i downloaded them on another computer cause i obviously couldn't get online with the linux box...so then i just burned them off a cd and ran them from there
those drivers need be copied to the hard drive. ndiswrapper needs them for later also. so copy those drivers to your home directory and then run the ndiswrapper commands.
but first you need to uninstall the currently installed driver using the ndiswrapper -e command.