newbies and ndiswrapper

Background:
acer 1362wlmi with builtin 802.11g wireless hardware.
Everything works well under the dreaded XP.
Everything works well in Puppy Linux with the windows wifi drivers added via ndiswrapper.

For a variety of reasons I wanted to move to a more linuxy OS than Puppy and I have loaded openSUSE 11.2 using all the defaults with the KDE desktop.

Needless to say the wifi card drivers are not loaded - of course ndiswrapper will have to be used so where is it? - search this site and the references say either:

  1. use ndiswrapper to load the windows driver
  2. this page is empty - look elsewhere on the site - or words to that effect.

Please can someone help with the location of information on using ndiswrapper which does not disappear into a link which is empty.

It is , I know, poor form for a new user to complain but I must say that as I see it at present very few people who stray from the Windows mainstream will choose to stay with openSUSE when so many of the documentation pages seem to be empty.

Of course I may be looking in the wrong places but all a new user can do is search on a keyword and hope for something sensible to pop up.

many thanks
Ralph

rft-hillview wrote:
>
> Background:
> acer 1362wlmi with builtin 802.11g wireless hardware.
> Everything works well under the dreaded XP.
> Everything works well in Puppy Linux with the windows wifi drivers
> added via ndiswrapper.
>
> For a variety of reasons I wanted to move to a more linuxy OS than
> Puppy and I have loaded openSUSE 11.2 using all the defaults with the
> KDE desktop.
>
> Needless to say the wifi card drivers are not loaded - of course
> ndiswrapper will have to be used so where is it? - search this site and
> the references say either:
> 1) use ndiswrapper to load the windows driver
> 2) this page is empty - look elsewhere on the site - or words to that
> effect.
>
> Please can someone help with the location of information on using
> ndiswrapper which does not disappear into a link which is empty.
>
> It is , I know, poor form for a new user to complain but I must say
> that as I see it at present very few people who stray from the Windows
> mainstream will choose to stay with openSUSE when so many of the
> documentation pages seem to be empty.
>
> Of course I may be looking in the wrong places but all a new user can
> do is search on a keyword and hope for something sensible to pop up.
>
> many thanks
> Ralph
>
>

ndiswrapper should be on the dvd if you used that to install. if you
didn’t, have a look here
http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/suse/

download according to your architecture

On 07/13/2010 11:36 AM, rft-hillview wrote:
>
> Background:
> acer 1362wlmi with builtin 802.11g wireless hardware.
> Everything works well under the dreaded XP.
> Everything works well in Puppy Linux with the windows wifi drivers
> added via ndiswrapper.
>
> For a variety of reasons I wanted to move to a more linuxy OS than
> Puppy and I have loaded openSUSE 11.2 using all the defaults with the
> KDE desktop.
>
> Needless to say the wifi card drivers are not loaded - of course
> ndiswrapper will have to be used so where is it? - search this site and
> the references say either:
> 1) use ndiswrapper to load the windows driver
> 2) this page is empty - look elsewhere on the site - or words to that
> effect.
>
> Please can someone help with the location of information on using
> ndiswrapper which does not disappear into a link which is empty.
>
> It is , I know, poor form for a new user to complain but I must say
> that as I see it at present very few people who stray from the Windows
> mainstream will choose to stay with openSUSE when so many of the
> documentation pages seem to be empty.
>
> Of course I may be looking in the wrong places but all a new user can
> do is search on a keyword and hope for something sensible to pop up.

Welcome to the openSUSE Forums.

The document pages are likely empty due to the openSUSE wiki change that
happened yesterday. It will take a while to get everything squared away.

You should use ndiswrapper ONLY IF you need to. Your wireless device may have a
native driver in Linux, and only need firmware to work. The way to tell this is
to open a terminal (you did not say if you are using KDE or Gnome, thus I cannot
give you the specifics), and enter the command below:


/sbin/lspci -nnk

That command will list a lot of stuff that we are not interested. If possible,
find the section that describes “Ethernet”, “Network”, or “Wireless” and post
that information. For example, on my system, the section in question is


04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY
[14e4:4315] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company BCM4312 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
Controller [103c:137c]

The PCI IDs (14e4:4315) are used by the system to determine what device driver
to load - b43 for this device.

Hi and thanks for the reply
desktop is as I said KDE.

the following from /sbin/lspci -nnk

00:0a.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Linksys, A Division of Cisco Systems [AirConn] INPROCOMM IPN 2220 Wireless LAN Adapter (rev 01) [17fe:2220]
Subsystem: AMBIT Microsystem Corp. Device [1468:0305]

Trust me to start on a day when the wiki is being rebuilt - sounds like the story of my life.

On 07/13/2010 12:46 PM, rft-hillview wrote:
>
> Hi and thanks for the reply
> desktop is as I said KDE.
>
> the following from /sbin/lspci -nnk
>
> 00:0a.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Linksys, A Division of Cisco
> Systems [AirConn] INPROCOMM IPN 2220 Wireless LAN Adapter (rev 01)
> [17fe:2220]
> Subsystem: AMBIT Microsystem Corp. Device [1468:0305]
>
> Trust me to start on a day when the wiki is being rebuilt - sounds like
> the story of my life.

Your device does not have a native driver - at least not one in the kernel. You
will need to use ndiswrapper and the Windows XP driver. I hope you are using a
32-bit system as the 64-bit Windows drivers are not usually any good.

You need to find the Windows driver. If you have a driver CD for the device,
find the .inf and .sys files for it from that CD. You will also need to install
ndiswrapper for your kernel from the DVD using YaST. Use the “uname -r” command
to see your kernel version.

Once the ndiswrapper package is installed, issue the following commands:


su  -
<Enter root password when asked>
ndiswrapper -i <file name of inf>
modprobe -v ndiswrapper

When you enter the ndiswrapper command with the device plugged in, you should
see a line that says “xxxx driver present, hardware present”. The modprobe line
should say “insmod …ndiswrapper.ko”. If it gives an error and tells you
to look in dmesg, do so and post that section of the output from the “dmesg”
command.

Note: I do not usually help anyone with installation of any closed-source
software such as Winblows drivers, but since the wiki is broken, I’m making an
exception.

Hi
many thanks for your great help.

Thankfully the documentation etc is coming back online and I should now be OK.

I have the ndiswrapper installed and my wifi is up and running.

Doubtless I will hit other difficulties as I test the rest of my hardware and start to explore openSUSE. So I can only say thank you very much for your assistance (outside the box as it were) - clearly the community is a good one to join.

I think my next job will be to try out some of the other desktops starting with gnome and find the one I am most comfortable with.

regards
Ralph;)

What is your wlan card? maybe the drivers are not installed

Hi
just for completeness the card driver in question is:
acer IPN2220 Wireless LAN Card NDIS Miniport Driver

However all is now sorted. :slight_smile:
Following advice in several other posts I have moved control from networkmanager to YaST which also ensures that the modeprob for ndiswrapper is done at boot time.
thanks
Ralph