New install of of Feisty; Wireless no longer works

Asked by Michael Ortenberg on 2007-05-20

I had been running Edgy for over 6 months, when I decided to take the plunge and upgrade to Feisty. The upgrade hosed the entire computer, so I did a fresh install. Since it didn't import any old settings, I am starting from scratch, but with exactly the same hardware that I had for Edgy.

The wireless card I have is not detected, even though the driver is installed. I have read enough posts to know that my wireless card requires ndiswrapper to work in Ubuntu.

The card is a TrendNet TEW-423PI, revision B1. I installed the latest drivers from the TrendNet website (mrv8000c.inf). This appears to use the Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88w8335 chipset, based on the output of lspci (see below). Note: after I completed all listed below, I repeated all steps using mrv8335.inf, based on a post on this forum for a different card with the same chipset, with the same result. The result is exactly the same - no wireless connectivity.

Here's what I did:
1. Installed wireless driver using ndiswrapper following the instructions here
rhianna@rhianna-desktop:~/Desktop/Rhianna$ sudo ndiswrapper -i Mrv8000c.INF
Installing mrv8000

2. Confirmed installed drivers
rhianna@rhianna-desktop:~/Desktop/Rhianna$ sudo ndiswrapper -l
Installed ndis drivers:
mrv8000c driver present, hardware present

3. Per instructions, made drivers install automatically
rhianna@rhianna-desktop:~/Desktop/Rhianna$ sudo depmod -a
rhianna@rhianna-desktop:~/Desktop/Rhianna$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
rhianna@rhianna-desktop:~/Desktop/Rhianna$ sudo ndiswrapper -m
Adding "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper" to /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper

4. Went to System | Administration | Network, but no wireless card appeared

5. Output of lspci
rhianna@rhianna-desktop:~/Desktop/Rhianna$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8375 [KM266/KL266] Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8633 [Apollo Pro266 AGP]
00:08.0 Communication controller: Conexant HSF 56k HSFi Modem (rev 01)
******* 00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88w8335 [Libertas] 802.11b/g Wireless (rev 03) ****** THIS IS THE WIRELESS CARD
00:0e.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233A ISA Bridge
00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:11.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 23)
00:11.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 23)
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 40)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. VT8375 [ProSavage8 KM266/KL266]

6. Output of ifconfig
rhianna@rhianna-desktop:~/Desktop/Rhianna$ ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:07:95:EF:B5:72
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)
Interrupt:16 Base address:0x6000
eth0:avah Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:07:95:EF:B5:72
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
Interrupt:16 Base address:0x6000
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
RX packets:48 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:48 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:3416 (3.3 KiB) TX bytes:3416 (3.3 KiB)

7. Output of iwconfig
rhianna@rhianna-desktop:~/Desktop/Rhianna$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.

Any ideas?


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Michael Ortenberg (michaelo) said : #2

Thanks very much for the link.

I just used link ( which outlined steps to uninstall ndiswrapper, download the latest version (1.44), download the latest device driver, and install all.

I followed every step as written. However, when I get to Step 6 - Install the device and configure the network settings, what I see on the screen is different from what is being illustrated. My output of iwconfig yields only lo and eth0 - there is no wlan0 output.

Every other step showed success, including that the driver is loaded and the hardware is present. I know it's functioning, because before I switched to Feisty, it was running fine in Edgy.

Any other suggestions??


Massimo Forti (slackwarelife) said : #3

Thanks, post your syslog file after you have load the module. Thanks

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