WPA won't work: Belkin F5D7000 v5000 / Linksys WRT54G / MEPIS 6
I've got a long thread in the forums over at mepis.org about this problem:
The link above lists in more details which programs I've tried, error messages and other output I've gotten, etc.
But so far, no one over there has been able to figure it out and I've got a bruise on my forehead from banging my head against the wall.
Here are the pertinent details:
I have a Belkin F5D7000 Wireless G PCI card, v5000. I have a Linksys WRT54G wireless router. I have an XP desktop, XP laptop, Mac OSX desktop and Mac OSX laptop, all connecting to this wireless router using WPA, without issue for almost a year now. I can not get the WPA working on the Belkin wireless card in MEPIS. I also have an ethernet card in the same box (I also dual boot it with XP) that connects to the router fine, so I have used that to run synaptix when needed. I have this same wireless card in my other XP desktop. I have tried everything I can find, other than compiling the driver myself, wpa_supplicant, wlassistant, mutilities, wifi-radar, kwifimanager, etc. It will get as far as saying it's connected to my network, and correctly identify the ssid (then again, it could just be reading that from my config file) but I can't connect to anything on the net. The DHCP doesn't seem to work, so I setup a static ip address, but it still doesn't work. I have upgraded to the latest firmware on the Linksys, which broke the DHCP to my mac's. If I turn the WPA off on my router and leave it wide open, then the wireless card works like a champ. But I won't leave my network wide open (I live in an apartment). I used to not broadcast my ssid, but I do now, trying to solve this problem. I also use MAC filtering, which I turned off, but it didn't make any difference either. I've narrowed it down to just the WPA problem.
I tried to setup the ndiswrapper using the driver from my Windows CD. The file was called BLKWGD.INF, not the rt2500.inf I've seen mentioned elsewhere, so I guess this card is a newer version, maybe a different chipset, I have no idea.
The bottom line is the card works, just not WPA. I just can't get it to work. Got any suggestions?
I have really pulled my hair out over this and am very frustrated. I really like MEPIS from what I have got to use so far, but I have got to have a solution. If anyone can help, I'd REALLY appreciate it. Thanks in advance.