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#1 namandar

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 02:06 PM

Hello,

i have tested many drivers. it faild. i get 'driver present' but no 'hardware present' ....
tested drivers: many ndiswrapper drivers,
prismGT/54
madwifi
and so on

here is the output of lspci:
Code:
11ab:1faa (rev 03) --0000:01:07.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88w8335 [Libertas] 802.11b/g Wireless (rev 03)


i hope that will help.
here are some outputs of /var/log/messages:

Code:
Sep 25 12:42:39 fr34k kernel: ath_hal: 0.9.14.9 (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413)
Sep 25 12:42:39 fr34k kernel: wlan: 0.8.6.0 (EXPERIMENTAL)
Sep 25 12:42:39 fr34k kernel: ath_rate_sample: 1.2
Sep 25 12:42:39 fr34k kernel: ath_pci: 0.9.6.0 (EXPERIMENTAL)
Sep 25 12:47:46 fr34k kernel: ath_pci: driver unloaded
Sep 25 12:47:57 fr34k kernel: ath_rate_sample: unloaded
Sep 25 12:48:04 fr34k kernel: wlan: driver unloaded
Sep 25 12:48:12 fr34k kernel: ath_hal: driver unloaded
Sep 25 12:52:00 fr34k kernel: ndiswrapper version 1.3rc1 loaded (preempt=no,smp=no)


tryed some others yesterday:

Code:
Sep 24 17:05:34 fr34k kernel: ndiswrapper version 1.3rc1 loaded (preempt=no,smp=no)
Sep 24 17:05:34 fr34k kernel: ndiswrapper: driver mrv8000c (Marvell,09/17/2004,3.1.0.19) loaded
Sep 24 17:05:34 fr34k kernel: Trying to free nonexistent resource <ec000000-ec00ffff>
Sep 24 17:05:34 fr34k kernel: Trying to free nonexistent resource <ec010000-ec01ffff>

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Code:
Sep 24 17:05:34 fr34k kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt for device 0000:01:07.0 disabled
Sep 24 17:18:42 fr34k kernel: ndiswrapper version 1.3rc1 loaded (preempt=no,smp=no)
Sep 24 17:18:42 fr34k kernel: ndiswrapper: driver wg311v3 (NETGEAR,02/22/2005,3.1.1.7) loaded
Sep 24 17:18:42 fr34k kernel: Trying to free nonexistent resource <ec000000-ec00ffff>
Sep 24 17:18:42 fr34k kernel: Trying to free nonexistent resource <ec010000-ec01ffff>
Sep 24 17:18:42 fr34k kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt for device 0000:01:07.0 disabled

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Code:
Sep 25 12:42:39 fr34k kernel: ath_hal: 0.9.14.9 (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413)
Sep 25 12:42:39 fr34k kernel: wlan: 0.8.6.0 (EXPERIMENTAL)
Sep 25 12:42:39 fr34k kernel: ath_rate_sample: 1.2
Sep 25 12:42:39 fr34k kernel: ath_pci: 0.9.6.0 (EXPERIMENTAL)


please, let me know if you have running this card, and how you did it ...


thx
Namandar

#2 danleff

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 03:47 PM

So, you are using the source ndiswrapper package?

What Windows drivers are you using, the Windows 2000 or Windows XP ones...from your Netgear installation cd?

What distro and version is this?

#3 namandar

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 04:00 PM

Yes, i use the source package ndiswrapper and compile it with my kernel 2.6.13.2
I tested many drivers, from the original cd the Win98/ME/2k and the XP drivers.
I've tested Marvel mrv8000c, cb55n5x.inf and some others.
My system is Debian Testing, all updated, wireless-tools installed. Im working with Debian since 5 years. normally i have no problems to install/compile/configuration the system/drivers.
but this card is really heavy. i dont know the right and working driver.
i've read some howto's, docu's and tutorials.
searching the web for wg311v3 (the _v3_ is important) but i found nothing working.

wah .. please ..
if you want some logs/confs from me, say it, i will post it.

big thx to all who can help ...

Namandar

#4 danleff

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 09:56 PM

Yes, the version of the card is important. This determines the proper chipset that is being used. Even the same versions sometimes have different chipsets.

I looked at the ndiswrapper wiki page and yours is not listed. Based on the information you are providing, it does look like a Marvell chipset.

When you did make for ndiswrapper, there were no errors and your kernel source is installed?

It may be that the card is not supported. I also noticed that a newer version is up for ndiswrapper. Perhaps try that version, if you already have not. The link is here.

There are also distro specific instructions on the ndiswrapper wiki page that may help. The link to the page is here.

#5 bennybben

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Posted 19 October 2005 - 12:29 AM

Hello,

Yes, I'd got the same problem and exactly the same output while loading the madwifi driver.

The solution that worked for me was to install ndiswrapper, the last version (1.4).
I used these drivers : Netgear product page and driver.zip.

You just have to make :
Quote:
ndiswrapper -i WG311v3\ V1.0/Driver/Windows\ XP/WG311v3.INF

After :
Quote:
ndiswrapper -l
depmod -a
modprobe ndiswrapper


And finally I got :
Quote:
ndiswrapper version 1.4 loaded (preempt=no,smp=no)
ndiswrapper: driver wg311v3 (NETGEAR,02/22/2005,3.1.1.7) loaded
PCI: Found IRQ 5 for device 02:03.0
PCI: Sharing IRQ 5 with 00:1d.1
ndiswrapper: using irq 5
wlan0: vendor: ''
wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:0f:de:ad:be:ef using driver wg311v3, XXXX:XXXX:XXXX:XXXX.5.conf
wlan0: encryption modes supported: WEP; TKIP with WPA, WPA2, WPA2PSK; AES/CCMP with WPA, WPA2, WPA2PSK


Good luck !
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#6 bennybben

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Posted 20 October 2005 - 09:54 PM

Hello,

A little update to my post: the driver I used (from the official netgear site) seems to be not very stable in my case (kernel panics).

After some tests, this one looks better :
http://www.trendware...SUBTYPE_ID=690#

It isn't the driver for the same card, but exactly the same chipset. Found in a blog (in french) : http://rsuinux.free....?page=tew-423pi

Good luck,
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#7 speedyboy

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 01:40 PM

Thanks for the great help so far. There is a lack of info out there about the WG311v3 card.

I have followed bennybben's advice about using the ndsiwrapper and I have tried both the wg311v3 driver from netgear (linked above) and the trendware mrv8000c driver suggested in bennybben's second post. I can get each driver to load successfully in ndiswrapper (one or the other, of course) and I can use ifconfig to bring the interface (wlan0) up and iwconfig to configure it most of the way (e.g. I can set the WEP key). However, I can't get it to accept a setting of the ESSID.

Here's the relevant output (with the wg311v3 driver loaded):


[root]# lspci -vv
[tt]
02:06.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.: Unknown device 1faa (rev 03)
Subsystem: Netgear: Unknown device 6b00
Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
Status: Cap+ 66Mhz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
Latency: 32, Cache Line Size 08
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 10
Region 0: Memory at ea000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Region 1: Memory at ea010000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0+,D1+,D2+,D3hot+,D3cold-)
Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
[/tt]

[root]# dmesg
[tt]
ndiswrapper version 1.4rc4 loaded (preempt=no,smp=no)
ndiswrapper: driver wg311v3 (NETGEAR,02/22/2005,3.1.1.7) loaded
ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNK3] enabled at IRQ 10
PCI: setting IRQ 10 as level-triggered
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:02:06.0[A] -> Link [LNK3] -> GSI 10 (level, low) -> IRQ 10
ndiswrapper: using irq 10
wlan0: vendor: ''
wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:0f:b5:f4:69:85 using driver wg311v3, 11AB:1FAA.5.conf
wlan0: encryption modes supported: WEP; TKIP with WPA, WPA2, WPA2PSK; AES/CCMP with WPA, WPA2, WPA2PSK
wlan0: no IPv6 routers present
[/tt]

[root]# ndiswrapper -l
[tt]
Installed ndis drivers:
wg311v3 driver present, hardware present
[/tt]

[root]# ifconfig
[tt]
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:14:2A:5B:C5:C2
inet addr:192.168.1.25 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::214:2aff:fe5b:c5c2/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:17787 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:5945 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:8102243 (7.7 MiB) TX bytes:711578 (694.9 KiB)
Interrupt:5 Base address:0xa000

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:1500 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1500 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:1611473 (1.5 MiB) TX bytes:1611473 (1.5 MiB)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0F:B5:F4:69:85
inet addr:192.168.1.26 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::20f:b5ff:fef4:6985/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
Memory:ea010000-ea01ffff

[/tt]

[root]# iwconfig
[tt]
wlan0 IEEE 802.11FH ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Channel:0 Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00

Bit Rate:1 Mb/s Sensitivity=-200 dBm
RTS thr:2346 B Fragment thr:2346 B
Encryption key:XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XX Security mode:restricted
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
[/tt]

If I use iwevent, I can see the essid set event appear, but it never "takes". iwconfig run again after shows the essid still as "off/any". Of course, when I tried it just now to paste the output of iwevent here, it no longers "sees" the event when I do "iwconfig wlan0 essid <ssid>".

So, how do I get the interface to accept an essid? I think that's all I need to bring this interface up all the way.

As a second question, how do I persist the "ndiswrapper -i <driver>" install and the iwconfig settings? Do I actually have to put the WEP key in cleartext in a shell script that runs at startup? That seems dumb.

TIA for any help.

Speedy
Fedora Core 3 (i386) on Sempron 2800, 2.6.12-1.1378_FC3 kernel

#8 danleff

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 06:43 PM

Are you using DSL?

Try looking at my guide for my wireless card, located here. Also, here.

On each page, note the references, as well.



#9 jimbo7

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 06:41 AM

I have got the WG311v3 driver working in Debian and i made a wiki page to describe the process. Check it out here:

WG311v3 LINUX WIKI

If you have any more information on how you got your card installed feel free to make changes and contribute!

#10 Olivier Le Roy

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 10:54 PM

I have bought a Netgear WG311 v3 wifi card and all I got after loading the driver with ndiswrapper under Mandriva Linux 2006.0 was a PC that hangs. No keyboard, no mouse, and a frozen screen, with the led flashing on the wifi card. After several attempts to fix the problem, including exchanging the card, I tried the version 1.0 driver, not the 1.1 driver supplied on the CDROM with the wifi card. And it worked. The driver may be downloaded on: http://firmware.netg...produit=WG311v3


#11 bettyfan1

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 06:54 AM

Has anyone tried this on SUSE? I am having the same problem, but it does not use debian. Any ideas?


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Posted 24 September 2007 - 08:43 AM

See your original post for a reply.
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