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Will madwifi work for Realtek?


I've got a laptop that's been running Vista since I bought it b/c I couldn't get wifi working...


or suspend/hibernate for that matter.


specifically which Realtek chipset?


The compat-wireless project supports many wireless chipsets, including some newer realtek.


Look here:



Helped me with my Intel 3945abg wireless chipset and also a friend's atheros.

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when you get a chance, switch over to linux, then copy down the results of:


sudo lswh -C network

That will tell me what i need to know to help you, something like this:


[email protected]:~$ sudo lshw -C network
	   description: Wireless interface
	   product: PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
	   vendor: Intel Corporation
	   physical id: 0
	   bus info: [email protected]:02:00.0
	   logical name: wmaster0
	   version: 02
	   serial: 00:1f:3c:95:05:89
	   width: 32 bits
	   clock: 33MHz
	   capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list logical ethernet physical wireless
	   configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwl3945 ip= latency=0 module=iwl3945 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abg
	   description: Ethernet interface
	   product: RTL8101E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
	   vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
	   physical id: 0
	   bus info: [email protected]:06:00.0
	   logical name: eth0
	   version: 01
	   serial: 00:e0:b8:fb:9c:c2
	   capacity: 1GB/s
	   width: 64 bits
	   clock: 33MHz
	   capabilities: pm vpd msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
	   configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.2LK duplex=half latency=0 link=no module=r8169 multicast=yes port=twisted pair
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Thanks, myk.


On the 13th, my new ISP will be installing things here. I don't want to fiddle too much until I have a stable, wired connection on which to fall back.


Bumming wifi from a neighbor, atm.


I'll make a new thread when I do, most likely.

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