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    wireless network card installed but what next?

    Hi all,

    I'd appreciate any help you can give if you could please keep it simple as this is the first time I've tried anything linux.

    I've installed gusty and am trying to get my netgear WG311v3 wireless card installed and logging onto the network.

    I've installed ndiswrapper and have gotten what I believe to be the driver installed.
    ndiswrapper -l
    shows:

    netwg311 : driver installed
    device (11AB:1FAA) present

    however I don't know what to do next.

    I've tried copying this help page that ran:
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    but I have no idea what that does and nothing seems to work.

    Where do I go from here?

    Thanks Josh

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    Re: wireless network card installed but what next?

    Josh-

    Welcome to the party! We were all new once upon a time, so don't feel shy. Ask all the questions you need to. Sometimes we have little pile-ups to give the answer! One question sometimes get 5-6 answers.
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    but I have no idea what that does and nothing seems to work.
    sudo means, roughly, Super User (he who can do anything) do this command. modprobe means insert this module and any other modules needed to get it to work properly into the system. ndiswrapper is simply the module you want inserted. When you issue the command and the cursor just pops back to the prompt, it means, OK, I executed that command and I have no errors or warnings to report.

    Can you see the Network Manager icon at the top right? If you click it, you should be able to select your network and connect.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: wireless network card installed but what next?

    Thanks for the reply,

    I've done all that and like you said just a new blank line comes up so I assume it all went well and nothing went wrong.

    However when I click on the network tab there is no wireless connection available, just the the two standard ones. (Can't remember exactly but I think its the wired roaming and some other.)


    Thanks Josh

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    Re: wireless network card installed but what next?

    Let's look at these terminal commands:
    Code:
    ifconfig
    iwconfig
    Thanks.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: wireless network card installed but what next?

    I'm not sure if this is appropriate for your situation, but several people, myself included, have had problems with the 'ssb' module taking over the wireless card before ndiswrapper can get to it. Try 'lsmod' to see a list of loaded modules (in a terminal window), or 'lsmod | grep ssb' just to check for ssb.
    If ssb is there it might be messing with your wireless. Try
    'sudo rmmod ssb'
    'sudo rmmod ndiswrapper'
    'sudo modprobe ndiswrapper'
    and then wait a little while (half a minute or somesuch) before checking the network applet (next to the volume applet, top-right of your screen) if your wireless network is being detected.
    Good luck, hope it helps.
    Ubuntu 8.10 on every machine - and some Windows too (I actually like Vista)

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    Re: wireless network card installed but what next?

    Hi guys, thank for the help so far.

    I thought I posted something here yesterday but it looks like it didn't come up so here goes again.

    I've tried the ssb and it wasn't loaded.

    Ifconfig and iwconfig are below:

    josh@josh-desktop:~$ ifconfig
    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0F:EA:B7:AA:6F
    UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
    Interrupt:21 Base address:0xe800

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:256 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:256 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:19968 (19.5 KB) TX bytes:19968 (19.5 KB)

    josh@josh-desktop:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    I hope this helps.

    thanks Josh

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    Re: wireless network card installed but what next?

    Shameless bump...

    Anyone?

    Thanks Josh

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    Re: wireless network card installed but what next?

    Quote Originally Posted by joshpond View Post
    Shameless bump...

    Anyone?

    Thanks Josh
    It is rough when you are all alone and don't even know how to identify the problem, I am a little further along than you are, but still don't have it either. However, when I run iwconfig after plugging in my usb wireless adapter I get the following:

    buntu:~$ sudo iwconfig

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 RT73 WLAN ESSID:""
    Mode:Managed Frequency=2.412 GHz Bit Rate=54 Mb/s
    RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Encryption keyff
    Link Quality=0/100 Signal level:-121 dBm Noise level:-111 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0



    That makes me think you still don't have your driver installed properly, sorry I can't help you, but I didn't want you to think no one cares. I don't use ndswrapper . At one point I was able to get things moving by using: sudo dhclient wlan0

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    Re: wireless network card installed but what next?

    when you issue sudo modprobe ndiswrapper what does it say on /var/log/messages about ndiswrapper? It might report a failure.

    also, is this on a laptop? if yes, does it have a special button to enable the wireless card first?

    also, if you want to bypass network manager have you looked at this? http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=684495
    Last edited by mplexus; May 16th, 2008 at 01:15 PM.

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    Re: wireless network card installed but what next?

    You will want to see if ndiswrapper has been loaded. Can you post your lshw -C network results? There will be a line that contains "driver:" It should have ndiswrapper in there. If it doesn't then ndiswrapper did not load.

    Another check is to do the following:
    Code:
    lsmod|grep ndiswrapper
    This will go through all the active modules and find with that contains ndiswrapper. If nothing comes up, then it is not loaded. From there we need to see why it did not load. As mplexus, you can check /var/log/messages. An alternative to this is to check /var/log/dmesg or type dmesg in a Terminal. This is similar to /var/log/messages, but it only lists things for the current session instead of including the last few boots.

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