wireless sis163u setup on amilo Li1818 / S(t)uck

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wireless sis163u setup on amilo Li1818 / S(t)uck

Postby blah on Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:12 pm

Hi All,

i just got an amilo LI1818 laptop with win vista. I've just erased it with a linux mint 14 for my daughter. Pretty nice and easy install with iso on usb key. Great ;)

internet connexion works fine with a wire. Now i'm stuck with the wireless stuff.

The driver for this computer is the sis163u. I downloaded it and installed it through both methods : gui "add wireless driver" and also command line
# ndiswrapper -i sis163u.inf

both process worked fine.

# ndiswrapper -l
sis163u : driver installed
device (0BFF:100E) present

I created a new wireless connection with SSID, key type and password

iwconfig doesn't list the wireless connexion at all and i don't see the sis163u module in lsmod but it appears in lsusb.

there is a switch on this computer to activate the wifi card, it used to work on vista, i don't know if it's still useful on Mint but however it is switched on.

I would appreciate some help:)
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Re: wireless sis163u setup on amilo Li1818 / S(t)uck

Postby blah on Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:46 am

I found informations regarding the ndiswrapper module that has to be loaded with modprobe

The standard install is the ndiswrapper 1.57 version and the module compilation breaks. Posts says v 1.58rc1 has to be installed from source. I did this and compilation went fine but when i load the module
$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

my system freezes.

also when i execute the ndiswrapper (1.58) command, i get not output. nothing.
so i went back to the 1.57 version from the Mint 14 distro to avoid other problem but as there is no way to compile it, i'm still stuck ;
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Re: wireless sis163u setup on amilo Li1818 / S(t)uck

Postby AlbertP on Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:46 am

Did you install ndiswrapper-dkms from the repository, or did you install the kernel module otherwise?
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Re: wireless sis163u setup on amilo Li1818 / S(t)uck

Postby blah on Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:10 pm

the 1.57 version comes from the repository.
the 1.58rc1 was downloaded as tarball from sourceforge
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Re: wireless sis163u setup on amilo Li1818 / S(t)uck

Postby AlbertP on Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:27 pm

Could you run these commands and post the output:
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uname -r
apt install --reinstall ndiswrapper-dkms
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Re: wireless sis163u setup on amilo Li1818 / S(t)uck

Postby blah on Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:08 pm

i don't have the computer next to me at this moment but i already reinstalled the ndis packages through the package manager to have ndiswrapper-dkms 1.57 back (there is a 'make uninstall' procedure provided with the 1.58rc1 source tarball that i executed before reinstalling)

so my system is actually using 1.57 but i can't compile it as a module
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Re: wireless sis163u setup on amilo Li1818 / S(t)uck

Postby AlbertP on Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:08 am

It should automatically be compiled when installing the package, so I'd like the output of a re-installation anyway, then I can see what's going wrong during its compilation. Output of dkms status could also be useful.

Also, did you perhaps install a newer kernel or something like that?
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Re: wireless sis163u setup on amilo Li1818 / S(t)uck

Postby blah on Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:56 am

ok, i should be back next to the amilo tomorrow, and i post the data.
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Re: wireless sis163u setup on amilo Li1818 / S(t)uck

Postby blah on Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:28 pm

here are the outputs (reinstall fails)

# uname -r
3.5.0-17-generic

# apt install --reinstall ndiswrapper-dkms
Lecture des listes de paquets... Fait
Construction de l'arbre des dépendances
Lecture des informations d'état... Fait
0 mis à jour, 0 nouvellement installés, 1 réinstallés, 0 à enlever et 233 non mis à jour.
Il est nécessaire de prendre 0 o/176 ko dans les archives.
Après cette opération, 0 o d'espace disque supplémentaires seront utilisés.
(Lecture de la base de données... 180097 fichiers et répertoires déjà installés.)
Préparation du remplacement de ndiswrapper-dkms 1.57-1ubuntu1 (en utilisant .../ndiswrapper-dkms_1.57-1ubuntu1_all.deb) ...

------------------------------
Deleting module version: 1.57
completely from the DKMS tree.
------------------------------
Done.
Dépaquetage de la mise à jour de ndiswrapper-dkms ...
Paramétrage de ndiswrapper-dkms (1.57-1ubuntu1) ...
Loading new ndiswrapper-1.57 DKMS files...
Building only for 3.5.0-17-generic
Building initial module for 3.5.0-17-generic
Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 3.5.0-17-generic (i686)
Consult /var/lib/dkms/ndiswrapper/1.57/build/make.log for more information.


# dkms status
ndiswrapper, 1.57: added
virtualbox-guest, 4.1.18, 3.5.0-17-generic, i686: installed



in make.log

/var/lib/dkms/ndiswrapper/1.57/build/ndis.c: In function ‘NdisGetCurrentProcessorCounts’:
/var/lib/dkms/ndiswrapper/1.57/build/ndis.c:2657:24: error: ‘struct kernel_stat’ has no member named ‘cpustat’
/var/lib/dkms/ndiswrapper/1.57/build/ndis.c:2658:31: error: ‘struct kernel_stat’ has no member named ‘cpustat’
/var/lib/dkms/ndiswrapper/1.57/build/ndis.c:2659:17: error: ‘struct kernel_stat’ has no member named ‘cpustat’
make[2]: *** [/var/lib/dkms/ndiswrapper/1.57/build/ndis.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/var/lib/dkms/ndiswrapper/1.57/build] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.5.0-17-generic'
make: *** [modules] Error 2
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