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Hi Everyone, I'm trying to set up my wireless card for my Dell M1210 and I've hit a dead end. I used ndiswrapper to install the driver and everything seems ...
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    Dell 1500 Wireless Card Installation


    Hi Everyone,

    I'm trying to set up my wireless card for my Dell M1210 and I've hit a dead end.

    I used ndiswrapper to install the driver and everything seems to be fine.

    The problem I'm having is that wlan0 does not show up as an option for my network settings.

    When i run ndiswrapper -l i get the message:

    bcmwl5 : driver installed
    device (14E4:432 present (alternate driver: ssb)


    stating that it's installed.

    Then I do a iwconfig and i get:

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.




    so there is no wlan0 like theres suppose to be.

    If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks!

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    open the terminal and post the output of
    lspci
    lsmod | grep b43
    lsmod | grep ssb
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    Thanks for the reply, here is the info:

    # lspci :

    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 01)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 01)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e1)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
    00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 01)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 01)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G72M [GeForce Go 7400] (rev a1)
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
    03:01.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller
    03:01.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 19)
    03:01.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller (rev 0a)
    03:01.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 05)
    03:01.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev ff)
    0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4328 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 01)

    # lsmod | grep b43 :

    (nothing returned by the console)

    #lsmod | grep ssb :

    ssb 30533 1 b44

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    It looks like the b43 driver doesn't support your wireless. So that isn't loading and interfering.
    b43 - Linux Wireless

    You can try removing the ssb module, but on my Dell Inspiron laptop it is used by the ethernet connection too.

    Have you run all of the recommended commands after installing the driver?
    Code:
    depmod -a (before loading the NDISwrapper module)
    ndiswrapper -m
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    I found that this seems to be a problem affecting all Linux distros. If you remove the ssb module, some have reported losing USB functions. You can read about it here:
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/197558

    The only solution that I can see is to unload the modules, and then reload them in a different order. Unload the b44, ssb and ndiswrapper modules (in that order). Then reload them in this order: ndiswrapper, ssb and then b44.

    Look around the 'net, there are a lot of posts concerning this. And almost as many solutions.

    Edit: The module ohci_hcd is also tied into this. It may also have to be removed and reloaded.
    Do it in this order:
    rmmod b44
    rmmod ohci_hcd
    rmmod ssb
    rmmod ndiswrapper
    modprobe ndiswrapper
    modprobe ssb
    modprobe ohci_hcd
    modproble b44

    You may be able do do this automatically by making a script to run those commands at boot.
    Last edited by waterhead; 03-16-2008 at 02:20 PM. Reason: Added ohci_hcd comments
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    With my BCM4318 I just had to remove the ssb and b43 modules. I had no problems with my usb or anything else. Also I think that this modules conflict with ndiswrapper.
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    This may not be anywhere on key here, but I had a similar issue on my Dell. Ndiswrapper was installed and showing my card, but I did not have it set to load ndiswrapper on startup. So after I booted I would "modprobe ndiswrapper" and all was good afterwards. Of course now it loads on startup.

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    I will try what you said waterhead, and post my results.

    Thanks again for the help.

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    After 1 straight week of working on this it finally works!!!!!

    Thanks waterhead!

    I followed your direction and I was able to connect via my wireless card.

    Thanks All!

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