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Originally Posted by towy71 Yippee! I am writing this reply via my fully functional laptop using F5D7011 on a clean install of dapper an using the web page that I ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by towy71
    Yippee!
    I am writing this reply via my fully functional laptop using F5D7011 on a clean install of dapper an using the web page that I refer to in the previous post
    So which driver did you end up using?

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    Also regarding the link you gave me, I don't know where to start, and my laptop does not have an ethernet port, and the dongle I have doesn't work. Could you push me in the right direction, starting with just downloading ndiswrapper to my laptop and extracting the files. The 'make' command still doesn't work. It throws me this error:
    Password:
    root@willbledsoe-laptop:~# cd /home/willbledsoe/Desktop
    root@willbledsoe-laptop:/home/willbledsoe/Desktop# tar zxvf ndiswrapper-1.16.tar.gz
    ndiswrapper-1.16/
    ndiswrapper-1.16/AUTHORS
    ndiswrapper-1.16/ChangeLog
    ndiswrapper-1.16/INSTALL
    ndiswrapper-1.16/Makefile
    ndiswrapper-1.16/README
    ndiswrapper-1.16/ndiswrapper.spec
    ndiswrapper-1.16/version
    ndiswrapper-1.16/ndiswrapper.8
    ndiswrapper-1.16/utils/
    ndiswrapper-1.16/utils/Makefile
    ndiswrapper-1.16/utils/ndiswrapper
    ndiswrapper-1.16/utils/loadndisdriver.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/utils/ndiswrapper-buginfo
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/divdi3.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/hal.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/iw_ndis.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/iw_ndis.h
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/loader.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/loader.h
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/longlong.h
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/Makefile
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/misc_funcs.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/ndis.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/ndis.h
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/ndiswrapper.h
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/ntoskernel.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/ntoskernel.h
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/ntoskernel_io.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/pe_linker.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/pe_linker.h
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/pnp.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/pnp.h
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/proc.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/usb.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/usb.h
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/winnt_types.h
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/workqueue.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/wrapmem.h
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/wrapmem.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/wrapper.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/wrapndis.h
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/wrapndis.c
    ndiswrapper-1.16/driver/x86_64_stubs.S
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/Makefile
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/changelog.modules
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/changelog.source
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/changelog.utils
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/control.modules
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/control.source
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/control.utils
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/copyright
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/dirs.utils
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/docs
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/postinst.modules
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/README.Debian
    ndiswrapper-1.16/debian/rules
    root@willbledsoe-laptop:/home/willbledsoe/Desktop# cd /home/willbledsoe/Desktop/ndiswrapper-1.16
    root@willbledsoe-laptop:/home/willbledsoe/Desktop/ndiswrapper-1.16# make unistall
    -su: make: command not found
    root@willbledsoe-laptop:/home/willbledsoe/Desktop/ndiswrapper-1.16# make
    -su: make: command not found
    root@willbledsoe-laptop:/home/willbledsoe/Desktop/ndiswrapper-1.16# make install
    -su: make: command not found
    root@willbledsoe-laptop:/home/willbledsoe/Desktop/ndiswrapper-1.16#

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    I just followed the instructions from this site not using ndiswrapper, but as you are mentioning dongle I assume you're using a usb device which would need to use ndiswrapper
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    Quote Originally Posted by towy71
    I just followed the instructions from this site not using ndiswrapper, but as you are mentioning dongle I assume you're using a usb device which would need to use ndiswrapper
    No, my wireless card, the same one you have, goes in the 32 bit wireless card adpator slot on the side of the laptop. I was looking at the instructions and it said that I needed the have an internet connection, which my laptop does not have an ethernet port, so I thought I would use the dongle to get one, while I was installing the wireless card. Would I need drivers and stuff to use the dongle before I can get a direct connection, because the dongle didn't work. So I can't use the instructions until I get my dongle to work, is that right? And if not, where do I start with those instructions?

    EDIT: Oh, so the dongle would need ndiswrapper before I can use it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by magicwill89
    No, my wireless card, the same one you have, goes in the 32 bit wireless card adpator slot on the side of the laptop. I was looking at the instructions and it said that I needed the have an internet connection, which my laptop does not have an ethernet port, so I thought I would use the dongle to get one, while I was installing the wireless card. Would I need drivers and stuff to use the dongle before I can get a direct connection, because the dongle didn't work. So I can't use the instructions until I get my dongle to work, is that right? And if not, where do I start with those instructions?

    EDIT: Oh, so the dongle would need ndiswrapper before I can use it?


    Guys

    I'm a bit confused by this thread. If you're using Ubuntu then, for both breezy and dapper, then you can just install ndiswrapper using synaptic.

    (There is no need to download and compile the source code - although I always found the tarballs compiled cleanly when I needed to do this).

    I'm not sure about usb cards but ndiswrapper is certainly used with pci cards.

    You do need to use the web to identify the correct driver to use for your card. You install the driver software using ndiswrapper -i option but then you may need tell the system to bind this to your card using ndiswrapper -d option. (the information about the card needed for the -d option can be found using the lspci command)

    Provided you card is listed this software should work well.

    neil

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    I am using a pcmcia card the Belkin F5D7011 which uses a broadcom chipset, and following the instructions on the wiki I have that card working. I have to manually get it working every time I boot but eventually it does connect, I'm writing here ain't I?
    I do wish that I could figure out how to get the damn thing to work from boot time but it's no biggy
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    ndiswrapper etc

    Sorry my mistake, you are of course using a pcmia card - which is now working fine except that you have to start it manually every time you boot.

    I am not using the same card as you but I have had problems with the wifi card not starting up correctly - although this was intermittent. I did find a couple of other threads on various sites that suggest that this problem is also seen by other people.

    Strangely evrything seems to have worked perfectly since I upgraded to dapper. However, I used a work-around on breezy that also solved the problem. I simply added a very short script to the init files. This script executed towards the end of evry startup.

    You could try just adding the commands you use manually but I found that simply issuing an "ifdown wlan0" followed by an "ifup wlan0" seemed to do the trick of kicking the card into life. The people in the other threads seem to have resorted to a similar workaround.

    In case you are not familiar with this process you need to:-

    sudo gedit /etc/init.d/kickwifi

    add something along these lines to the file
    #!/bin/bash
    #very basic script to give the wifi card a prod
    #
    ifdown wlan0
    ifup wlan0
    #
    # or you could insert a series of iwconfig commands here
    #


    You then set the permissions to the file...
    sudo chmod o+rwx /etc/init.d/kickwifi
    sudo chmod g+rx /etc/init.d/kickwifi
    sudo chmod a+x /etc/init.d/kickwifi


    then you need to activate the script using

    sudo update-rc.d kickwifi defaults

    It's not elegant but it may save you doing a manual restart every time.

    Neil

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    Thanks for that Neil but the card is recognised as eth1 not wlan0. I there some way that I can make it be wlan0?
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    ndiswrapper etc

    As your card works as eth1 I don't think the name matters that much - the main point is that you can probably avoid the manual start by including the commands in a startup script.

    I'm more interested that it has come up as eth1 and not eth0 which suggests that you have a standard ethernet card as well. Unless you are using this for some reason I would disable it (>>system>>networking menu). ALso you will need to make sure that eth1 is your default route .... again you can do this from the networking menu.

    Neil

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    I used a pcmcia card to get the stuff to make the wifi card work but I can't plug them both in at the same time, hence eth0 for wired and eth1 for wifi.
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