Wireless Internet works in WinXP, not DSL

Forum: Networking
Topic: Wireless Internet works in WinXP, not DSL
started by: jhsu

Posted by jhsu on Oct. 05 2008,15:54
I have a Dell Inspiron B120 laptop with Windows XP on it.  I'm able to connect to the wireless Internet on it with a Linksys WUSB54GC wireless card when I boot up in Windows XP.

However, I have not been able to connect to the wireless Internet when I boot up on a DSL live CD.  I tried doing what the book said to do, but it wasn't enough.

What do I need to do?  I have yet to get the LED in the wireless card to light up when I use DSL.  But everything works fine in Windows XP.  Why is Windows XP able to get onto the network but not DSL?  What are the proper configurations?

Going to ndiswrapper setup and entering the full pathname of the file rt73.inf (with the default values of wlan0 for device and blanks for sid and wep) yields "Connection failed".

Entering ndiswrapper -i rt73.inf yields:
rt73 is already installed. Use -e to remove it

Entering ndiswrapper -l yields:
Installed drivers:
rt73            driver installed, hardware present

Entering modprobe ndiswrapper yields:
No message

Entering iwconfig yields:
lo        no wireless extensions.

Warning: Driver for device wlan0 recommend version 18 of Wireless Extension,
but has been compiled with version 16, therefore some driver features
may not be available...

wlan0     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:off/any  
         Mode:Auto  Frequency:2.412GHz  Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00  
         Bit Rate:54Mb/s   Tx-Power:20 dBm   Sensitivity=-121 dBm  
         RTS thr:2347 B   Fragment thr:2346 B  
         Encryption key:off
         Power Management:off
         Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
         Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
         Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

Posted by Juanito on Oct. 05 2008,16:35
Just to double check - you have both rt73.inf and rt73.sys in the same directory, right?
Posted by jhsu on Oct. 05 2008,16:48
Yes, I have both  rt73.inf and rt73.sys  in the same directory.
Posted by ^thehatsrule^ on Oct. 05 2008,19:17
Make sure pump is not already running (could kill it or boot with nodhcp).

Also, did you try the rt73 native driver?  The wiki has something on your model... (don't forget to search)

I think you can answer that "why" question yourself.  And I will post only once.

Posted by jhsu on Oct. 06 2008,03:22
I saved to a USB drive the files rt73.o, WLAN_down.sh, and WLAN_up.sh.  I changed the "rt61" in the scripts to "rt73".

I booted up DSL with the nodhcp cheat code.  I copied rt73.o, WLAN_up.sh, and WLAN_down.sh to /home/dsl/wlan.

I opened a root shell and typed WLAN_up.sh and got the following message:

[/home/dsl/wlan]# WLAN_up.sh
insmod: a module named rt73 already exists
SIOCSIFADDR: No such device
SIOCSIFNETMASK: No such device
SIOCSIFBRDADDR: No such device
route: SIOC[ADD|DEL]RT: Network is unreachable
Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
   SET failed on device ra0 ; No such device.
Interface ra0 doesn't support MAC addresses
ra0       Interface doesn't support MAC addresses
Error for wireless request "Set AP Address" (8B14) :
   invalid argument "00:40:05:BD:0D:FF".
Error for wireless request "Set Frequency" (8B04) :
   SET failed on device ra0 ; No such device.
Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
   SET failed on device ra0 ; No such device.
Error for wireless request "Set ESSID" (8B1A) :
   SET failed on device ra0 ; No such device.
SIOCGIFFLAGS: No such device
WLAN up...

DSL still refused to connect to the wireless Internet.

What else am I supposed to do?

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