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First off, I'm about at my wits end with the linux wireless issue. First I had a D-Link card that doesn't work with anything so then I asked around and ...
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    WG511 (china version) with ndiswrapper


    First off, I'm about at my wits end with the linux wireless issue. First I had a D-Link card that doesn't work with anything so then I asked around and bought the WG511 which also came with a new router. As luck would have it, the WG511 I bought is not actually a Prism54 chipset so I'm back to ndiswrapper. I followed the installation instructions exactly at sourceforge.net and I'm running into a problem.

    When I get to the step:

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    iwlist eth1 scan
    It can't find anything. Everything works fine up until that point.

    I noticed that the LED lights that are on my card (that work when booted to windows) are not illuminated in linux. Nothing I do makes these lights come on, and the ndiswrapper installation page says that it will not work unless the "radio" is on. The WG511 is a card so there is not a bios or hard key on my laptop to toggle the radio. I looked in the config files for a setting but couldn't find one. Does anyone have any advice? This is killing me and I don't want to get a 3rd card.

    -Judd

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    okay, well have you done an ifconfig eth1 up?
    that should turn on the lights.
    and then do:
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    dhclient eth1

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    when I type 'ifconfig eth1' it gives me that soiscfflags file not found or some error like that. I've searched on that term and come up with nothing. Any ideas?

    -Judd

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    Any ideas for my problem mentioned right above this ?

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    You have to configure wlan0 instead of eth0 or eth1

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    No. not all linii call the first wireless interface wlan0. many just call it eth1.

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    Yes it is called eth1. I verified this with iwconfig. I heard there is a way to check if the "raido" is turned on. I'm not sure how to check this or how to get my card to work.

    -Judd

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    I read on another site that I might need to disable the loading of the prism54 driver since linux recognizes my card as belonging to that family. If I do that supposedly ndiswrapper will work just fine. Only problem is, I'm not sure how to prevent linux from loading that driver. Any suggestions?

    -Judd

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    Code:
    rmmod prism54

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    First of all...thanks for all you guys help!....I had my first positive experience tonight after doing the 'rmmod prism54' After that I reloaded ndiswrapper and the lights turned on my card. It changed it to 'wlan0' and found my network with the 'iwlist wlan0 scan' command. I then moved to the 'dhclient wlan0' and got the following errors:

    Code:
    [root@localhost sbin]# dhclient wlan0
    Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.0.1
    Copyright 2004 Internet Systems Consortium.
    All rights reserved.
    For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/products/DHCP
    
    sit0: unknown hardware address type 776
    eth2: unknown hardware address type 24
    /sbin/dhclient-script: configuration for wlan0 not found.
    sit0: unknown hardware address type 776
    eth2: unknown hardware address type 24
    Listening on LPF/wlan0/00:09:5b:eb:b0:46
    Sending on   LPF/wlan0/00:09:5b:eb:b0:46
    Sending on   Socket/fallback
    DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 5
    DHCPOFFER from 192.168.0.1
    DHCPREQUEST on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
    DHCPACK from 192.168.0.1
    /sbin/dhclient-script: configuration for wlan0 not found.
    dhclient.c(2045): null pointer
    I still can't access the internet. I can't ping any websites. I'm not sure what the "configuration" it needs is. Any ideas?

    Also, how do I permantly keep the prism54 from loading and make ndiswrapper start at bootup every time? Thanks again...I wouldn't have gotten this far alone.

    -Judd

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