[SATLUG] Continuing Wireless Problem
wg5o at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jul 31 18:34:26 CDT 2008
"Is there any reason for using 64-bit Ubuntu other than to utilize 64-bit
from your hardware?"
I don't know ... I'm not sure I have an option.
'Is your Windows XP installation 64-bit?"
Yes. (I think.)
"... but unless you have more than 4GB of RAM, it's not going to
be all that helpful."
I only have 960 M of RAM. I've had the box 16 months, and this is the first problem identified as related to 64 bits.
Thanks, I'll check and see if I can go the suggested route.
> Is there any reason for using 64-bit Ubuntu other than to utilize 64-bit
> from your hardware? Is your Windows XP installation 64-bit?
> Chances are, you may want to try 32-bit Ubuntu and just go that route. Sure,
> 64-bit is fun, but unless you have more than 4GB of RAM, it's not going to
> be all that helpful. Especially considering how much more support 32-bit
> platforms have over 64-bit platforms.
> On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 5:33 PM, Andrew Pickens <wg5o at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> SATLUG has given me a lot of help in my effort to get wireless working for
>> Ubuntu. I continued to flog the problem, thought I had success at hand,
>> then hit a dead end. I thought I would give you all a break, and seek help
>> on the Ubuntu Networking & Wireless form. I made a post Sunday, but no
>> response, so far. Therefore, I decided to repeat the post here:
>> Ubuntu 8.04 Encore ENLWI-G2 WiFi Adapter 64 Bit Driver
>> I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 on an AMD Athlon 64 generic PC with two hard
>> drives, one for Windows and one for Linux. I've been working all summer to
>> get WiFi working for Ubuntu (works fine for Win).
>> Actually, I have two questions:
>> 1. Ubuntu 8.04 has ndiswrapper built-in (System, Administration, Windows
>> Wireless Drivers). Also, it will unpack an archive for you (rt. click,
>> Extract Here). Still, every instruction I have found tells the user to
>> manually down load and install ndiswrapper. What am I missing here?
>> 2. Using the 'dmesg' output, I finally discovered that my basic WiFi
>> problem seems to be that Ubuntu won't load a 32 bit driver in a 64 bit
>> system. I found and downloaded a 64 bit Windows XP driver for my Encore
>> ENLWI-G2 adapter [ Chipset ID 128219102 (rev 40)]. It installed OK:
>> 'andy at izzy:~$ ndiswrapper -l
>> net8185x64 : driver installed
>> device (10EC:8185) present'
>> But it won't load; 'sudo modprobe ndiswrapper' hangs-up. The cursor just
>> sits there and blinks, and never returns to the prompt. The Ndiswrapper
>> instructions/FAQ say this indicates a kernel crash and provides some
>> instructions, but I haven't found a solution.
>> Is there a way to proceed?
>> Here are some of the details:
>> a. I blacklisted the built-in drivers:
>> In /etc/modprobe.d:
>> # Per 3.1 of WidiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper-Community Ubuntu..080722
>> blacklist b43
>> blacklist b43legacy
>> blacklist ssb
>> b. 'sudo depmod -a' indicated no errors (just returned to the prompt).
>> c. The ndiswrapper instructions say to check for the latest distro. It is
>> 1.53. Ubuntu 8.04 seems to be close enough, one behind:
>> andy at izzy:~$ sudo ndiswrapper -v
>> [sudo] password for andy:
>> utils version: '1.9', utils version needed by module: '1.9'
>> module details:
>> version: 1.52
>> vermagic: 2.6.24-19-generic SMP mod_unload
>> andy at izzy:~$
>> d. andy at izzy:/$ dmesg | grep ndiswrapper
>> [ 47.207298] ndiswrapper version 1.52 loaded (smp=yes, preempt=no)
>> [ 47.948736] ndiswrapper (link_pe_images:576): fixing KI_USER_SHARED_DATA
>> address in the driver
>> [ 47.949597] ndiswrapper: driver net8185x64
>> (Realtek,08/24/2006,5.1081.0824.2006) loaded
>> [ 48.367634] ndiswrapper: using IRQ 16
>> [ 54.494517] Modules linked in: snd_hda_intel snd_pcm_oss snd_mixer_oss
>> snd_pcm snd_page_alloc snd_hwdep usblp snd_seq_dummy snd_seq_oss
>> snd_seq_midi snd_rawmidi snd_seq_midi_event snd_seq snd_timer snd_seq_device
>> snd soundcore psmouse serio_raw ndiswrapper i2c_viapro button k8temp
>> i2c_core via_agp parport_pc parport shpchp pci_hotplug evdev pcspkr ext3 jbd
>> mbcache sg sr_mod cdrom sd_mod floppy dmfe via_rhine mii ehci_hcd uhci_hcd
>> pata_via sata_via pata_acpi ata_generic usbcore libata scsi_mod raid10
>> raid456 async_xor async_memcpy async_tx xor raid1 raid0 multipath linear
>> md_mod dm_mirror dm_snapshot dm_mod thermal processor fan fbcon tileblit
>> font bitblit softcursor fuse
>> [ 54.494655] [<ffffffff88253034>]
>> [ 54.494678] [<ffffffff882674f2>] :ndiswrapper:win2lin4+0x14/0x17
>> [ 54.494694] [<ffffffff882587a1>] :ndiswrapper:kdpc_worker+0xc1/0x140
>> [ 54.494714] [<ffffffff88258788>] :ndiswrapper:kdpc_worker+0xa8/0x140
>> [ 54.494729] [<ffffffff882586e0>] :ndiswrapper:kdpc_worker+0x0/0x140
>> andy at izzy:/$
>> Thank you for any help. I would surely like to get this working and go on
>> to other needed work.
>> Andy Pickens
>> San Antonio, Texas
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