Wifi difference between Ubuntu 8.04 and LinuxMint 5.0

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Wifi difference between Ubuntu 8.04 and LinuxMint 5.0

Postby dnaddor on Sun Sep 21, 2008 7:38 pm

Hi everyone.

This is my first post in this forum, so be gentle. :) This might be one of those easy to answer questions, but then again it might not.

I have an old Compaq Presario 2100US laptop with a LinkSys WPC54G PCMCIA card. I have WiFi working in both Ubuntu 8.04 and LinuxMint 5.0

In Ubuntu, I noticed a message about some missing files in /lib/firmware/b43legacy. I somehow managed to get the files from a cutter program, copy them, and now it works great.

I could never figure out how to do the same thing in LinuxMint. Instead, I had to use NdisWrapper.

So what is the problem? The signal level is 3 bars/4 bars in Ubuntu, but only 1 bar/4 bars in LinuxMint. iwconfig shows about 50-60 for Ubuntu, and only 15-20 for LinuxMint.

Does this make sense? Is there a way to use the firmware files in LinuxMint instead of NdisWrapper? Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance. Let me know if I have to provide more technical details.
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Re: Wifi difference between Ubuntu 8.04 and LinuxMint 5.0

Postby delanov on Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:35 am

dnaddor wrote:Hi everyone.

This is my first post in this forum, so be gentle. :) This might be one of those easy to answer questions, but then again it might not.

I have an old Compaq Presario 2100US laptop with a LinkSys WPC54G PCMCIA card. I have WiFi working in both Ubuntu 8.04 and LinuxMint 5.0

In Ubuntu, I noticed a message about some missing files in /lib/firmware/b43legacy. I somehow managed to get the files from a cutter program, copy them, and now it works great.

I could never figure out how to do the same thing in LinuxMint. Instead, I had to use NdisWrapper.

So what is the problem? The signal level is 3 bars/4 bars in Ubuntu, but only 1 bar/4 bars in LinuxMint. iwconfig shows about 50-60 for Ubuntu, and only 15-20 for LinuxMint.

Does this make sense? Is there a way to use the firmware files in LinuxMint instead of NdisWrapper? Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance. Let me know if I have to provide more technical details.


Sorry I cannot be of any help to you, but I'm hoping that you can help me. Can you tell me where I can find a complete instructons or what help you used for the mint ndiswrapper. Wifi adapter is USB Dongle with zd1211rw chipset. XP works well with the Dongle but I need to get MInt 5.0 up an running. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Re: Wifi difference between Ubuntu 8.04 and LinuxMint 5.0

Postby gregnotcraig on Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:08 am

"Ndiswrapper" is found in the administration menu - "Windows Wireless Drivers".
It's ndiswrapper and ndiswrapper-gtk, a gui that takes care of all the command line scary stuff for those afraid of/unfamiliar with the command line.
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