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Ok here is the deal. I have a Dell Inspiron 9100 with the intergrated TrueMobile 1450 a/b/g card. I had some problems that caused me to have to reinstall both ...
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    Wireless Problems


    Ok here is the deal. I have a Dell Inspiron 9100 with the intergrated TrueMobile 1450 a/b/g card. I had some problems that caused me to have to reinstall both linux and windows. I am having trouble getting the wireless up and running. Here is what I have done and what I get.

    I installed ndiswrapper and loaded my windows drives (not the ones from the cd). When I look at the dmesg I get this message.

    ndiswrapper: using irq 7
    wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:11:f5:01:7b:d4 using driver bcmwl5a, configuration file 14E4:4324.5.conf
    wlan0: encryption modes supported: WEP; TKIP with WPA, WPA2, WPA2PSK; AES/CCMP with WPA, WPA2, WPA2PSK
    ndiswrapper (iw_set_bitrate:480): setting bit rate failed (C00000BB)
    When I look at iwconfig I get:

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:off/any Nickname:"thorncom.net"
    Mode:Managed Frequency:5.18 GHz Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00
    Bit Rate=11 Mb/s Tx-Power:25 dBm
    RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr=2346 B
    Encryption key:off
    Power Management:off
    Link Quality:100/100 Signal level:-47 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

    When I go to Applications > System Settings > Network, and then try to activate the wireless I get this:

    Determining IP information for wlan0... failed; no link present. Check cable?
    Can someone let me know how to fix this?

    Thanks in advance.
    thornaj
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    whats output from
    Code:
    ndiswrapper -l
    ? i find that usually it is better to use drivers from the cd rather than from the net (atleast in my experience).
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    When I run:
    Code:
    ndiswrapper -l
    I get something like the following:
    Installed ndis drivers:
    bcmwl5a driver present, hardware present
    I use the bcmwl5a because the bcmwl5 did not work before.

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    Good, next type 'modprobe ndiswrapper'. After that, you must (sorry, I'm watching Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back), check the instructions on setting up your wireless interface:
    http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...ure_interface:
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    I did:
    Code:
    modprobe ndiswrapper
    I took all of the following steps from the ndiswrapper installation wiki located at: http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...ure_interface: and these are the results.

    Code:
    [root@thorncom ~]# iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    Warning: Driver for device wlan0 recommend version 18 of Wireless Extension,
    but has been compiled with version 17, therefore some driver features
    may not be available...
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:off/any  Nickname:"thorncom.net"
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:5.18 GHz  Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00
              Bit Rate=54 Mb/s   Tx-Power:25 dBm
              RTS thr=2347 B   Fragment thr=2346 B
              Encryption key:off
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality:100/100  Signal level:-35 dBm  Noise level:-256 dBm
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:1  Invalid misc:10   Missed beacon:0
    
    sit0      no wireless extensions.
    [root@thorncom ~]# modprobe ndiswrapper
    [root@thorncom ~]# iwlist wlan0 scan
    Warning: Driver for device wlan0 recommend version 18 of Wireless Extension,
    but has been compiled with version 17, therefore some driver features
    may not be available...
    
    wlan0     Scan completed :
              Cell 01 - Address: 00:09:5B:4E:67:36
                        ESSID:"thorncom"
                        Protocol:IEEE 802.11b
                        Mode:Managed
                        Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
                        Quality:0/100  Signal level:-41 dBm  Noise level:-256 dBm
                        Encryption key:off
                        Bit Rate:1 Mb/s
                        Bit Rate:2 Mb/s
                        Bit Rate:5.5 Mb/s
                        Bit Rate:11 Mb/s
                        Extra:bcn_int=100
                        Extra:atim=0
    
    [root@thorncom ~]# ifconfig wlan0 up
    [root@thorncom ~]# dhclient wlan0
    dhclient(7128) is already running - exiting.
    [root@thorncom ~]# ndiswrapper -m
    modprobe config already contains alias directive
    I still do not have the wireless running. Any ideas from anyone. If it would be helpful I am willing to give anyone who can help me either my e-mail addy or my IM screen name. Just let me know what to do to fix this. I love linux and want to use it more, but I have to have my wireless.

    Thanks again,
    thornaj

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    What chipset is on the card?
    All i want for christmas is a new liver....a second chance to get afflicted with Cirrhosis

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    I am not sure if this is what you mean or not but here goes. I have a:

    Dell Wireless WLAN 1450 Dual Band WLAN Mini-PCI Card. I know that it is a/b/g compatible

    Did that help any. if not let me know.

    Thanks again
    thornaj

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    do the following:
    Code:
    iwconfig wlan0 essid thorncom channel 11 mode Managed
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    When I ran the following successfully with no effect:

    Code:
    iwconfig wlan0 essid thorncom channel 11 mode Managed
    Can someone tell me how to remove the ndiswrapper so that I can start at the begging?

    Thanks
    thornaj

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    when you say no effect, can you ping any site or anything?

    to remove present driver use ndiswrapper -e driver_name
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