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this short text discripte how to use ndiswrapper and WPA with a frugal install.

I have an Laptop with an Atheros PCMCIA Card. I can't use the DSL driver with WPA put ndiswrapper works.

You have to set an restore device (on my system hda2, replace it). I have installed the grup bootloader, so I set in "/mnt/hda2/boot/grup/menu.lst" the parameter restore=hda2 and nodhcp. Without nodhcp I get an very high CPU load.

Then I modified filetool.lst to save the config-files and driver:

sudo /opt/.filetool.lst

and add the lines:


Copy the Windows Driver into opt/WLanNdis/*:

cp /path_to_the_driver opt/WLanNdis/

switch into the directory /etc

cd /etc

and create the wpa_supplicant.conf (replace YOUR_WLAN_NETWORD_NAME YOUR_WLAN_KEY):


Let the driver install and start on every boot:

vi /opt/

and add the line (replace DRIVER):

#Add the next 3 lines only if you have an Atheros Card
rmmod ath_pci
rmmod ath_rate_sample
rmmod ath_hal
#Install the driver
ndiswrapper -i /opt/WLanNdis/DRIVER.inf
#Wait a second
sleep 1
#Start the encryption manager
wpa_supplicant -Dndiswrapper -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -Bw
#Wait a second
sleep 1
#Get an ip-adress
pump -i wlan0

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