ndiswrapper and wireless on Inspiron 5160 : installation and some questions
Okay, so I have reached the stage on the Dell laptop Inspiron 5160 where
I am trying to get this wireless card working. It is Dell 1350 802.11g/b
wireless mini-PCI card.
So I installed the ndiswrapper source package from:
1) Just added the source to the sources.list file and download the
source, version 0.11.
2) Had an earlier verison of ndiswrapper, uninstalled that (deb --purge
<packages>, then rmmod ndiswrapper).
3) Went into /usr/src and unpacked the source file as root:
#> tar zxf ndiswrapper-source.tar.gz
4) Went into /usr/src/modules/ndiswrapper and gave the command (as root,
with fakeroot it gave some error and didn't work):
#> debian/rules binary
5) the resulting dep packages were in /usr/src/modules:
#> ls ../
6) Installed these packages(while still in /usr/src/modules/ndiswrapper):
#> dpkg -i ../ndiswrapper*.deb
Selecting previously deselected package ndiswrapper-modules.
(Reading database ... 147721 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking ndiswrapper-modules (from
Selecting previously deselected package ndiswrapper-utils.
Unpacking ndiswrapper-utils (from .../ndiswrapper-utils_0.11_i386.deb) ...
Setting up ndiswrapper-utils (0.11) ...
Setting up ndiswrapper-modules (0.11-126.96.36.19940920.hs) ...
7) then loaded the module:
#> modprobe ndiswrapper
#> lsmod | grep ndiswr
ndiswrapper 118652 0
usbcore 117440 5 ndiswrapper,uhci_hcd,ehci_hcd
8) not sure about this, but
#> depmod -a
9) extracted the R83097.EXE (driver for WinXP download from Dell
website) in a temporary directory /tmp/wl
10) made ndiswrapper see the inf file:
#> ndiswrapper -e bcmwl5a.inf <-- removed earlier instance of driver
#> ndiswrapper -l <-- just making sure no driver is loaded
No drivers installed
#> ndiswrapper -i AR/bcmwl5a.inf <--install this driver
#> ndiswrapper -l <--verify driver was installed
Installed ndis drivers:
bcmwl5a driver present, hardware present <--good, it is.
Okay, that is all fine, or so it seems to me. Then I listed the
interfaces with iwconfig and it includes:
wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point:
Bit Rate:54 Mb/s Tx-Power:25 dBm
RTS thr:2347 B Fragment thr:2346 B
Link Quality:100/100 Signal level:-10 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:15 Missed beacon:0
So looks like the wireless card is being seen. I don't have a wireless
network here where I am trying to get the wireles card working, but I
sometimes see this:
#> iwlist wlan0 scan
wlan0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:02:6F:08:51:22
Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
Quality:0/100 Signal level:-86 dBm Noise
Bit Rate:1 Mb/s
Bit Rate:2 Mb/s
Bit Rate:5.5 Mb/s
Bit Rate:11 Mb/s
And dmesg says:
ndiswrapper version 0.11 loaded (preempt=yes,smp=yes)
ndiswrapper: using irq 18
wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:0b:7d:08:25:9d using driver bcmwl5a
wlan0: encryption modes supported: WEP, WPA with TKIP, AES/CCMP
ndiswrapper: driver bcmwl5a (Broadcom,06/25/2004, 188.8.131.52) added
ndiswrapper (iw_set_encr:685): key 1 is not set
wlan0: no IPv6 routers present
But I am not sure how to get the ESSID info into the card. I have tried
this in /etc/network/interfaces:
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
name Wireless LAN card
But iwconfig still does not show the ESSID of "Sunny"? What am I missing
In Windows, I remember I had to 'switch on the antenna' by by pressing
Fn+F2. Is there a similar thing in Linux on this laptop also? This is a
bit strage to me because usually I have seen a separate switch on
laptops that switch on or off the wireless card.