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Topic: RTL8187b on 2.4 kernel, Belkin F5d5070 USB wireless< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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Posted: Mar. 21 2009,20:57 QUOTE


I've read quite a bit about the Belkin F5D5070 USB wireless sticks and their problems with linux, but the more I read, the more I got confused...

It seems the rtl8187 kernel module handels this component. It's in the default 2.6.27 kernel.

I have two environments: one a i686 laptop with arch linux running 2.6.27. There, the usb stick works wonderfully with the new 2.6.27 kernel module.

I also have a libretto 100CT, CPU: 166MHz i586, 32MB RAM, which I'd love to be able to run wireless. The Belkin is what I have, so I'd like to go with it.

There I run a 2.4.26 DSL.  With a PCMCIA USB card I expanded the system with USB port - the libretto does not have any; the PCMCIA card seems to work fine:

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Bus 003 Device 002: ID 050d:705e Belkin Components

I can't put this configuration to work. Tried downloading drivers and compiling with compile-3.5.5.uci, tried ndiswrapper (ndiswrapper reports
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"net8187b             driver installed"

but I can't see the wlan0 (or any other wlan extensions) after
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sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

However I got error messages that uhci can't be loaded at boot (or with sudo modprobe uhci):
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/lib/modules/2.4.26/kernel/drivers/usb/host/uhci.o: init_module: No such device
Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
    You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
/lib/modules/2.4.26/kernel/drivers/usb/host/uhci.o:insmod /lib/modules/2.4.26/kernel/drivers/usb/host/uhci.o failed
/lib/modules/2.4.26/kernel/drivers/usb/host/uhci.o: insmod uhci failed

Maybe the PCMCIA is not working properly then, even if lsusb clearly shows me the USB wireless stick?

Has anybody got experience with such a configuration?
Thanks, I'd love so much to have my little cutie with wireless :-)
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Posted: Mar. 25 2009,17:20 QUOTE

I actually made some progress, by
downloading a different inf file for ndiswrapper,
which now loads wlan0 which I can see with iwconfig.

However, I still can't get any connection.
Whereas with the same stick
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iwconfig wlan0 essid MYSID

I can connect with the router from another laptop,
the dsl one doesn't work.
Not sure what I could try next....

Different question. I know I sound lazy and maybe even stupid
for not finding the right info. But I downloaded the source code
for the native 8187b driver which works in 2.6.27.

If I want to compile that driver on DSL with 2.4
1. Will it be possible?
2. How to do it?
I have compiled kernels, so I am not a complete noob, nevertheless I haven't been able to find appropriate info on this on the DSL pages. Sorry.
For the time being, after downloading gcc-1...dsl, make doesn't work, looks like version conflicts.
The driver code has some comment statements that it should work with 2.4, but unfortunately no details.

thanks for any help
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Posted: Mar. 26 2009,10:28 QUOTE

This is what I get if I try to compile the driver:
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rm -fr *.mod.c *mod.o *.o *.cmd *.mod.* *.ko *.o *~
modules/`uname -r`/build/include -c -o aes.o aes.c
In file included from /lib/modules/2.4.26/build/include/linux/kernel.h:13,
                   from /usr/include/asm/system.h:5,
                   from /lib/modules/2.4.26/build/include/linux/spinlock.h:6,
                   from /lib/modules/2.4.26/build/include/linux/module.h:11,
                   from aes.c:55
/lib/modules/2.4.26/build/include/linux/types.h:21 error: parse error before "dev_t"
In file included from /usr/include/asm/math_emu.h:4,
                   from aes.c:55:
/usr/include/asm/sigcontext.h:79: error: parse error before '*' token
/usr/include/asm/sigcontext.h:82: error: parse error before '}' token

and many more such parse errors.

I have downloaded and installed through mydsl-load local:
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gcc1.dsl gnu-utils.dsl kernelsource.dsl

Also tried with downloading whole 2.4.26 kernelsource - nope.
All this trying to follow this thread about compiling drivers in DSL:
compiling drivers
However, seems to be a bit dated thread. In fact,
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sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev patch

doesn't work, I get
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E: broken package

with some previous info about unmet dependencies.

From the drivers Readme.txt:
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Release Date: 2007-08-22, ver 1.24
RTL8187B Linux driver version 1.24

   --This driver supports RealTek RTL8187/RTL8187B Wireless LAN NIC for
      2.6 kernel:
      //listing of some supported linux distros
     2.4 kernel:
     Redhat 9.2, etc

Which suggests that it should compile on a 2.4.26 kernel....

Nobody can give me a hint??? Please!
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