So, I have gone through all my drivers for my wireless network card with the Realtek rtl8190p chipset, all but the windows XP driver will convert with ndisgen and all the ones that convert will load; however I never get a wlan0 or a ndis0 network interface in ifconfig. So, having gotten at least a device identification while using the Kubuntu live CD, I went ahead and tried using ndiswrapper, well, it does not work when in a live CD, requires several packages (which also requires an inet connection). I went ahead and installed Kubuntu 9.10, still no wlan0 in ifconfig; however it correctly identifies the card and the chipset in “lspci -v” so I have been setting the OS up for use, I bridged the wireless network connection from my laptop (which makes the inet not work really well on the laptop, but does allow the desktop to get online).
Well, when I installed the ATI drivers for my video card (a must when intending on using VMs) I caught the invisible mouse bug that has been plaguing Ubuntu since at leas v6 (forum posts) and apparently happens in Fedora with NVidia drivers as well. as best I could tell, only with KDE. Since I am very well attached to my KDE I really do not want to switch. So, I have been working without a visible mouse. I got the ndiswrapper up and running, installed ndisgtk so I could have a UI for ndiswrapper, and added the most recent windows x64 driver for my wireless card to the ndisgtk interface and then my system decided it did not want to work anymore. I could open a terminal and do a “ps” or an “ls” but anything else would hang (including shutdown, reboot, kill, sudo, and ifconfig commands) the inet stopped working and my mouse was invisible, so I rebooted.
This time my display would not activate at all. I waited 20 mins for it to come up, and nothing. at this point I am about to decide that using VMWare is not worth the hassle of getting a computer to work with Linux. I should stick to Virtualbox and Win7 both work just as well, Virtualbox newer versions have advanced 3D support and allow as many processor cores as you physically have (VMWare was limiting me to 2 per VM). The thing I was looking forward to the most about VMWare was the memory pooling, so you could load VMs who’s total RAM assigned was greater than the physical RAM on the machine, since it only gave RAM to a VM when it was needed.
So, now I am in Slax (booted off my USB stick) and have to make emergency repairs to my xorg.conf file (I assume it is the culprit at this point), because I had Kubuntu setup with no bootloader, since I was planning on VMing not multi-booting. Further updates to come… if I get Kubuntu to work, I’ll try BSD again on another HDD and see if anything I learned from Kubuntu helped. If not, I still have my HDD with Win7 sitting on the shelf here next to me.
************update about an hour later…***********
so the Slax Module kndiswrapper (=ndisgtk) was able to load the win XP x64 driver and identify that the device was present. when I clicked the configure network button, it popped up a message “Can’t Start the Network Configureation! No Interface Found”. now… I am starting to wonder if it is not the rtl8190p chipset that is causing my problem, as I have found it correctly identified in Fedora 12, KUbuntu 9.10, and Slax, yet none of them can activate the device for networking. I did note on another page (check the tags for rtl8190p) that I found a website that I think has posted a linux rtl8190 driver, but I am not 100% on that, and have no idea how to add it to the kernel without building my own. AND if I am going to build my own Custom Linux kernel for my machine, I’m gonna need a LOT more time… (when I get up and running on some OS again, and I get back here to add links to this post, I’ll put the link in for that website too).
*******update – an hour after that…*******
Right, thoroughly upset with Ubuntu right now, will not even boot into single user mode, I tried removing the xorg.conf file and still nothing, normal or in single user mode. I can (depending on how my wife reacts to the Cat cable running from her laptop (read “used to be mine”) out of the bedroom, across the hall, and over to the other side of the livingroom…) keep my laptop in bridged mode, I’ve been tinkering and as long as I don’t reboot or touch anything on it (she does not have admin rights and is still in Win7) inet is working on both machines. I only have about 30 more days before I am moving into a new apt (I hope, they still have not called to tell me my application is approved, I don’t know any reason why it wouldn’t, but it normally takes them an hour or 2 when I have gone to other apts, but this place has had 5 days already…) and in the new apt, the router and computer will be side by side, or close enough that you’d never see the cable! so no more wireless needed, until I relocate again…
Anyway, the point of all that ^^^^^ is that I am going to kill KUbuntu and put FreeBSD 8.0 back on my machine…
(I’ll add links after I get a working/bootable computer again)