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Testing ndiswrapper on Live CD Machine, how can I do it?

Postby jbaerbock on Mon Jun 11, 2007 5:03 pm

My wife's computer isn't able to see the wireless signal she tries to connect to but I know once I installed Mint on my comp it improved my wireless capabilities a lot. She has an older version of my wireless card so I'd like to try and see if I can get her wireless working with Mint so I can test out if Linux works better with her card too. Problem is to get the Broadcom cards working I must ndiswrapper a windows Broadcom driver and blacklist the normal driver that Linux tries to load via default. Problem is she has windows and doesn't want me to install Linux. So therefore I must use the LiveCD for my tests. My question is how can I blacklist and ndiswrapper the driver to get it to work? Normally to fully blacklist a driver you must restart but once a LiveCD is restarted I loose the prior configuration. How can I either get the LiveCD to save a config file somewhere with the blacklist and driver or how can I blacklist and restart without loosing the configuration of drivers and blacklist I did? I hope my explanation wasn't too messy but please help! Thanks.
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Postby timmyflight on Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:28 pm

Hi, not sure how to save settings in a live cd environment, but here's something
that MIGHT work to test the wireless connection -
Open terminal, and type sudo modprobe ath-pci

enter your password, then press enter

next type sudo dhclient ath0

after it's done running through it's spiel (might take a minute)
click on the networking icon on the taskbar and see if it picks up your wireless.

hopefully this helps :D
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Postby jbaerbock on Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:07 pm

Problem is she has a Broadcom wireless card which doesn't run unless I ndiswrap a windows driver (same as my comp). Does that test work even with a non working driver?
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Postby timmyflight on Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:43 pm

Only one way to find out......... :D
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Postby jbaerbock on Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:59 pm

Actualy PCLinuxOS (while is sucks) does offer wireless GUI which does not require a restart or blacklist so I can test linux wireless without a restart while on the LiveCD.
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