[SATLUG] Continuing Wireless Problem

Andrew Pickens 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.

Andy


tsuehpsyde wrote:
> 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.
>
> -Jim
>
> 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:
>> filename:
>> /lib/modules/2.6.24-19-generic/ubuntu/misc/ndiswrapper/ndiswrapper.ko
>> 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>]
>> :ndiswrapper:deserialized_irq_handler+0x14/0x30
>> [   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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