Linksys WLAN card setup for Debian/Sarge

  • Steve_72

    Dear All,

    I am trying to install a WMP54G-DE-Wireless card from Linksys for my Linux-PC
    since a while. I am actually using Debian Sarge (Kernel: 2.4.27-1-386) as
    my OS, but since I could't achieve to get the above mentined card to work
    under Debian I also tried Suse 9.1 Professional, but I failed with this
    as well.

    I followed the instructions for both OS's on
    I understood that I need the following packages and drivers to be installed on my machine:

    Packages: wireless-tools, kernel-source, ndiswrapper
    Driver: bcmwl5.inf (from CD)

    The things I figured out is,
    - I installed the driver by using "> ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf"

    • that Ndiswrapper loads the driver correctly -> "> ndiswrapper -l" shows that:
      Installed ndis drivers:
      bcmwl5 driver present

    • that Ndiswrapper writes an entry "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper" in the modprobe configuration file (> modprobe -c)

    • that "> ndiswrapper -m", to write an alias for the WLAN into the module configuration file, fails:
      modprobe config already contains alias directive

    • that /proc/net/wireless has no content:
      Inter-| sta-| Quality | Discarded packets | Missed | WE
      face | tus | link level noise | nwid crypt frag retry misc | beacon | 16

    -> This leads to the fact that the system doesn't display any wireless extensions -> "> iwconfig" gives the following:
    lo no wireless extensions.
    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    • that I can't find an entry for ndiswrapper in neither /var/log/dmesg nor /var/log/messages

    I am really at the end of my knowledge. What else can I do to get this card working?
    Every hint will be appreciated!