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April 12, 2012, 10:58:07 PM
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I'm trying to get a Rosewill RNX-G1LX wireless usb adapter to work on BAMT.  I've downloaded and installed both ndiswrapper and ndisgtk because I could not find any linux drivers for this adapter.  I believe I have successfully installed a driver from the CD provided by Rosewill with ndisgtk/ndiswrapper and have restarted networking using "/etc/init.d/networking restart", but when I run "iwlist wlan0 scanning" I get an error message saying interface doesn't support scanning. Huh

I'm not very used to linux and I've hit a wall. Embarrassed  Any suggestions, ideas or thoughts that might help would be greatly appreciated.  Cheesy

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When I use the command "lsusb" I see the wireless usb adapter.
When I use the command "iwconfig" I do not see wlan0.  However, before using ndisgtk I did.
BAMT is currently working via ethernet to a windows machine with a Rosewill RNX-G1LX wireless usb adapter installed.

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April 21, 2012, 01:37:08 PM
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(bump)  Could the problem be that the dependencies have been removed?

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April 21, 2012, 04:13:15 PM
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Hello,

It would be helpful to post here the output of lsusb, because the "name" of the adapter does not really matter, but the device ID listed when issuing the lsusb command.

Even if some devices have a different brand name, many of them use the same chips (e.g. Realtek).

You can also search online for your device ID, and maybe find some good driver for it.

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April 21, 2012, 10:04:17 PM
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The output is "Bus 001 Device 012: ID 0bda:8187 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8187 Wireless Adapter".

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April 22, 2012, 04:14:19 AM
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Hello,

Well actually you do not need ndiswrapper, as Linux supports this model.

http://wiki.debian.org/rtl818x

The kernel module which is responsible for your card is: rtl8187

Loading and unloading the driver is done by (as root): modprobe rtl8187 / rmmod rtl8187

So maybe try to uninstall ndiswrapper and try to load the module again.

If on "ifconfig" the wlan0 or any wireless interface shows up, it usually means it is supported, but configuring it to access the internet is another story.
(wpa_supplicant)

I never used BAMT, but it says its based on debian, so you would need to search for help on this driver: RTL8187 for debian.

But as I looked online, debian is already supporting your card so I dont know why you installed ndiswrapper, as it only messed up your system.

You can install the latest wifi drivers from here in case the kernel module does not work(but it should): http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Download

There are some instructions on how to do it there, but it will take a while.





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April 27, 2012, 01:24:19 PM
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Huh, Shocked it worked!  Huh  I managed to get the adapter functioning and was trying to get it to communicate with my WPA2 network through wpa_supplicant when the system failed and now it will not reboot.  Pity it fails just when I'm making progress. Oh well guess I'll just have to set up another BAMT bootable usb drive.

Thanks, you really helped

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