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 Post subject: I hate to ask this... Trendnet TEW423PI in Linux.... Help...
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:41 am 
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I've always hated wireless. If not for the signal dropping in and out, then for the lack of compatibility with Linux, save for the rare reverse-engineered Windows driver, or some other hack.

Well, as fate would have it, I'm living in someone else's home now and can't run my usual Cat5 cable all over creation. I'm using the wireless card mentioned in the subject.

I have Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and it doesn't work. I know nothing about wireless for Linux, but I've heard talk about Ndiswrapper and MadWiFi. Are these just compatibility layers for Windows drivers, or are they something else?

Like any Linux user, I first turned to the great Google for my answers. I've got mixed feedback as to whether my card is supported, needs a patch or hack, or if I'm just screwed. There were actually 4 different versions of my wireless adapter model. Out of the A, B1, B1.1R and C1.xR versions, I have the B1.1R, which uses a Marvell AP3 wireless chip. I've gotten no useful info by searching for the card itself, or the make/model of the chip.

Any ideas? This is completely new territory for me.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:42 am 
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You can always just try ndsiwrapper and see if it works. It just wraps a linux interface around the windows driver so the driver's calls can be turned into linux calls.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:28 am 
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Are there any specific dependencies that ndis require? I downloaded the deb package on my windows machine, and installed it with dpkg in Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. I also downloaded my driver or my wireless card while I was at it.

The guide I tried using to setup ndiswrapper was this one.
http://forum.freespire.org/showthread.php?t=970

It sounded like it works, but I still don't get it.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:30 am 
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I have only had mild success with ndiswrapper.

I have always made sure that I bought cards that were known to work with Linux. Linux + wireless == fail (most of the time).


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