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    How to find wireless networks

    I am using Ubuntu 8.04 on a laptop (LG R405-4A9), and am assuming that my wireless is functioning because I see this in the Hardware Drivers menu:


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    I do not know precisely which wireless card I have though.
    How do I search for wireless networks to connect to?

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    Re: How to find wireless networks

    Sorry, it doesn't tell you anything. In my case it actually implies that nothing will work. I installed Hardy yesterday and this is what ended up working for me....

    1. Find out what wireless card you have...
      Code:
      dennis@dennis-a200:~$ lspci
      ...
      05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
    2. Get Windows driver (I got mine from my VISTA install) and store it somewhere convenient like your desktop.
    3. DISABLE the HAL and wireless card support stuff in System->Administration->Hardware Drivers.
    4. Shut down the avahi thing...
      Code:
       sudo ip link set wlan0:avahi down
    5. Blacklist some stuff in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist using...
      Code:
      blacklist ath_hal
      blacklist ath_pci
    6. Reboot.
    7. Install ndiswrapper-common, ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 and ndisgtk from Synaptic.
    8. Install your windows wireless driver using ndisgtk - it is under System->Administration->Windows Wireless Drivers
    9. Install wicd from synaptic (I have deb http://apt.wicd.net hardy extras in /etc/apt/sources.list).
    10. Don't know if reboot is required here but I did anyhow.
    11. Open wicd from Applications->Internet->Wicd. Wicd should display the available wireless access points. Fill in the blanks and click connect.


    Hope this helps a bit,
    Dennis

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    Re: How to find wireless networks

    hey guys,
    I have also Atheros and you dont need to use ndiswrapper.
    Just download the readily-patched snapshot on madwifi ticket ==> http://madwifi.org/ticket/1679

    Wicd is a perfect network manager

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    Re: How to find wireless networks

    Quote Originally Posted by mavi_yelkenler View Post
    hey guys,
    I have also Atheros and you dont need to use ndiswrapper.
    Just download the readily-patched snapshot on madwifi ticket ==> http://madwifi.org/ticket/1679

    Wicd is a perfect network manager
    The file specified to download there does not exist: snapshots.madwifi.org/madwifi-ng/madwifi-ng-r2756-20071018.tar.gz

    edit: After much fiddling your method worked Einstein. Thanks.
    Last edited by Diki; April 29th, 2008 at 10:47 PM.

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    Re: How to find wireless networks

    The file specified to download there does not exist: snapshots.madwifi.org/madwifi-ng/madwifi-ng-r2756-20071018.tar.gzok Diki, on that page you will see a line ==> Alternatively you can download a readily-patched snapshot from here.

    or click here http://snapshots.madwifi.org/special...+ar5007.tar.gz

    regards

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    Re: How to find wireless networks

    You are welcome.

    I left out the fiddling part - it is the same old same old on every laptop install I have done and that's quite a few starting with Breezy. Indeed, none of the Linux wireless stuff ever works for me the way it is supposed to. I gave up a long time ago and just use ndiswrapper and the windows drivers - it's always a sure bet, including the fiddling part, as I always get wireless working in the end.

    Regards,
    Dennis

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