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    Question Getting wireless pci card to work (VT6655 chipset)

    Hello everyone,
    I've been trying to get this WiFi card (vnt6655gma00) to work for a while and I didn't succeed yet; It uses VT6655 chipset
    I wanna install the driver on Ubuntu 9.04
    I've been trying to use this thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ghlight=vt6655 and this guide https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...er/Ndiswrapper
    When trying to install the Windows XP driver using ndiswrapper and according using this code
    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -i <DRIVERNAME>.inf
    
    ndiswrapper -l
    The driver is installed but I get the following error; vnwl is the driver I attempted to install BTW
    Code:
    lspci: Duplicate entry at /usr/share/misc/pci.ids, line 7976
    
    vnwl : driver installed
    and I can't proceed to the next step according to the guide (second link)
    This command "locate vt6655_stage.ko" gives me the following output
    Code:
    /lib/modules/2.6.34.10-vortex86-sg/kernel/drivers/staging/vt6655/vt6655_stage.ko
    I guess the driver is installed but not configured correctly, it doesn't show up in "ifconfig"
    In addition, I found a Linux version for the driver here http://www.viaarena.com/Driver/VT665....20.02_x86.rar
    And these are the instructions but I couldn't follow up
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    1. Compile the source files and it will generate './driver/viawget.ko'.The file 'viawget.ko'
    will copy to driver installation path.
    make clean
    make install
    2. Check configuration file (/etc/modules.conf or /etc/conf.modules or /etc/modules.conf,it
    depend on your Linux distribution) for loading kernel modules. Make sure there is the following
    content in the configuration file, where # is interface number (eg: alias eth0 vntwusb):
    alias eth# vntwusb
    3. Install your driver module (If the driver module is in the wrong place, an error message will
    appear, and say that can't find the driver module):
    insmod viawget.ko
    4. use iwconfig command to check your wireless device interface number
    iwconfig
    5. Use ifconfig command to assign the IP address up device, where # is network
    interface number:
    ifconfig eth# up <Ipaddress>
    6. Use iwconfig to setup wireless connection,where xxxx is desired ssid name:
    if authentication type is open and encryption is none:
    iwconfig eth# key off
    iwconfig eth# essid xxxx
    if authentication type is shared and encryption is wep key:
    iwconfig eth# key <key index> <passphrase> restricted
    iwconfig eth# essid xxxx
    for more iwconfig user manual,please refer to "man iwconfig".
    7. Check if the interface works:
    ping <remote_host_IP>
    8. Disabled WLAN & remove module:
    ifconfig eth# up
    rmmod viawget.ko
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    I didn't know how to compile the source files (first step)
    Please note that I'm new to Linux
    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by h.hittini; January 9th, 2014 at 02:27 PM. Reason: A little clarification

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    Re: Getting wireless pci card to work (VT6655 chipset)

    I doubt that anyone is going to be able to help you. You see, you are running an obsolete version of Ubuntu, 9.04. Most of us here try out a fix before we propose it so that we know it works.

    We have made a lot of progress in Ubuntu in the last 4 1/2 years! I suggest you re-install at least 12.04 LTS.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Getting wireless pci card to work (VT6655 chipset)

    The problem is my hardware doesn't support recent versions of Linux
    If you have any suggestions I can try them and if they didn't work I will still appreciate your help
    Thank you

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    Re: Getting wireless pci card to work (VT6655 chipset)

    Quote Originally Posted by h.hittini View Post
    The problem is my hardware doesn't support recent versions of Linux
    If you have any suggestions I can try them and if they didn't work I will still appreciate your help
    Thank you
    Including lubuntu and xubuntu?
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Wink Re: Getting wireless pci card to work (VT6655 chipset)

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Including lubuntu and xubuntu?
    I'm using RB-110 as my computer; it has an i486 CPU, and I will be installing two custom kernel versions (both are 2.6) in a while
    that's why I need an old distro
    So I would appreciate if we can troubleshoot the problem I have instead of going around it
    Thank you

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    Re: Getting wireless pci card to work (VT6655 chipset)

    A complete guide A complete guide http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2203395
    Hosam Hittini
    Communications Engineer, Research Assistant
    h.hittini@gmail.com
    Started using Linux in Nov, 2013

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