Joined: Feb. 2006
||Posted: Feb. 05 2006,15:07
I have had great success with the madwifi extension.
I am using a Compaq Armada M700, 850 MHz, 256 MB ram. I am running a live CD of DSL 2.0, toram. I bought the machine off of Ebay specifically to run DSL in ram to surf the web wirelessly, until I can get hold of a Nokia 770. I would have liked to run DSL off of a USB pendrive, but this laptop cannot boot off USB. I generally spin the hard drive down to extend battery life.
I have tried three wireless cards with this laptop:
Netgear WG511, using ndiswrapper. Everyting was fine and I was able to connect to my Linksys WRT54G router. Then, after a short time, the machine would completely lock up, requring a total power down.
Next up was a Linksys WPC54G. Using ndiswrapper, the same thing happened. I was hoping for something better, considering I have a Linksys router.
Next, and finally, I tried a D-Link DWL-G630. Locked up again, and again using ndiswrapper.
Three cards, three different chipssets. I tried not using "toram" and Dillo instead of Firefox, thinking I may have a memory loading issue. Still no go, lockup after lockup.
Finally, I read about the madwifi.dsl extension in the testing area. Turns out the DWL-G630 has an Atheros chip. I followed the instructions, downloading, running the script and running iwconfig from the control panel. Got a connection the first time. The most important part is: no lockups. I threw heavy load at the card but it wouldn't/hasn't locked up. I am also using WEP.
I have since set the extension up to load on boot via the /opt/bootlocal.sh and .filetool.lst. I have booted about a half dozen times and it has worked every time.
I suspect then, that my laptop doesn't play nice with ndiswrapper. Perhaps it uses a lot of system resources (?), I don't know.
To Robert,John, and all of the DSL community, thank you. This thing works and works well.