So I've been trying to get this 400mhz, 128mb of RAM with an old voodoo card old athlon computer working as a VectorLinux v5.9 Light server. I'd really like to have it on my wireless network to act as a dual wifi and ethernet server. I don't know a whole lot of linux but I have been experimenting with it for about a year now (on and off). First some history:
I had a 320gb hard drive boot issue, MBR would give me garbled L 99 99 99 jargon. So I found when I create a dummy partition below the 1024 cycle limit (some old computers have this), the MBR works fine. This was done by creating a 512mb 'dummy' partition before the swap and linux partition. So now I was finally ready to install my wireless card that was previously installed on a 200mhz dell optiplex with 128 mb of RAM on vectorlinux soho previously.
So I go through the whole same-old shenanigan with two sets of drivers :
ndiswrapper -i DRIVER
ndiswrapper -i DRIVER
ndiswrapper -m DRIVER (also did -ma and -m here and there)
depmod -a (sometimes depmod -aq)
I Downloaded both the official netgear wg311v3 and marvell chipset drivers trying practically every combo for ndiswrapper (Win98, 2k, XP), but everytime I would modprobe ndiswrapper it would stop, right at the insmod for the .ko file. This suggested to me some sort of IRQ/PCI communication problem.
Eventally to my shock: with noapic and no hardware clock kernel params, and through enabling some crap about IRQ Master 0 and Master 1 READ WRITE in my bios - modprobe didn't crash the kernel fricking finally (this part was today).
Sweetness, I type:
...and get no wlan0
...shows me lo && eth0 with no wireless ability like I don't have wireless now
wtf... I eventually decide to nano /etc/ifplugd/ifplugd.conf, I add wlan0 to the interfaces and uncomment the #ARGS_wlan0 line and reboot to no avail. Am I going to have to do some pci scan, tweak, pciset to fix this ish? Or would this be in the wrong direction. I have come a long way with this computer so far, currently this has to have 25 man-hours to it. 25 frickin man hours (in 3 days I might add). I'm doing full time shifts to get this computer working I need helllllllllpppppp. I think ndiswrapper started to crash again too. I would appreciate any sort of help a whole lot.
I compiled the latest ndiswrapper after trying it a multitude of times with the one that comes with vector. After adding CFLAGS+=i586 in the Makefile, modprobe ndiswrapper would work flawlessly. Too bad it wouldn't show up in my ifconfig, and ifconfig wlan0 up didn't see it either.
So now it seems that the computer is rejecting my driver later even after properly it was properly modprobified into the system. It crashed on udev, so I had to pop in the vect cd and mount the partition. damn it's now 6 am I hope to resolve this issue soon. I need a sooner bed time. Good night (or morning).