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Re: Device wlan0 has different MAC address than expected, ignoring.

I just got it working and I'm not sure why.

I pulled "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper" out of modprobe.conf

I removed ifcfg-wlan0.  I uninstalled the broadcom driver. I rebooted
and I installed everything again.  It works. 

I think that leaving the alias in modprobe caused the problem. Now
everything works including probing the MAC.  

On Wed, 2004-11-17 at 12:30 -0700, Kim Lux wrote:
> I am having a problem getting a wireless card to work on our server
> (acting as a router).  It was working and now it doesn't. 
> I've got a Linksys WMP54G wireless card.  (PCI, "G", etc.

ifconfig -a

> )  It uses the
> Broadcom 4306 hardware.  I used ndiswrapper to install the drivers.  It
> worked fine for several days. (I've used ndiswrapper on several machines
> with this hardware and it works well for me.)
> We physically moved the server and somehow the wireless card got bumped
> out of the PCI socket.  Wireless networking didn't work.  I
> investigated, put the card back in its socket, but I can't get it to
> work again.  I keep getting the following message:
> #/etc/init.d/network restart 
> Device wlan0 has different MAC Address than expected, ignoring. 
> lspci - vvvxxx shows the card talks fine.
> ndiswrapper -l states that the driver and hardware are installed (and
> presumably talking)
> ifconfig -a shows that the device is NOT installed, nor should it be.
> (ie there are no ghosts.)
> system-config-network shows the device (when a proper ifcfg-wlan0 file
> is present) but has the following idiosyncrasies:
> 1) "Bind to MAC address" is always enabled.  I can't get that to
> disable, even when I change "bind" to "no" in ifcfg-wlan0.  
> 2) The probe button doesn't work, even when I put the correct MAC
> address in the field, even with the correct hdware address in ifcfg-
> wlan0.
> 3) When I started troubleshooting this problem, the MAC address field
> was empty. 
> It bothers me that I can't unbind the MAC address.  I used to install a
> network device without a bound address and then probe to get it, then
> select bind. 
> Any ideas ? I suspect that ndiswrapper is trying to install the driver
> with a faulty MAC address.
> Is there a way to get the MAC address manually in a Linux system, just
> to make sure the card isn't returning 0 or something ? 
> Kim Lux (Mr.)  Diesel Research Inc
Kim Lux (Mr.)  Diesel Research Inc

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