[driverloader] unable to find access point using iwlist scan

Linuxant support (Jonathan) support at linuxant.com
Tue Jun 28 12:44:50 EDT 2005


as long as you are unable to see an access point in the output of the 
'iwlist scanning' command, you will not be able to associate (connect) 
with your access point.

Please make sure that your wireless card is activated. It is possible 
that you might have to press a button or look in the BIOS for an option 
to activate the card. It is also possible that you will have to press 
the button in Windows XP and then reboot in Linux as some wireless 
button requires a driver to make it work. Such Linux drivers and 
information on how to use them might be available at :


Please also try with different versions of the Windows XP driver.

Make sure that the channel is set between 1 and 11. If your access point 
have a CTS protection mode, please disable it. You should also make sure 
that you use the latest firmware version for your access point.


Technical specialist / Linuxant
support at linuxant.com

Mark Knight wrote:
> Hi -
> I've used DriverLoader before with no problems.  This time, however,
> I've run into difficulty getting a connection.  The driverloader module
> installed properly, but an attempt to use the card fails when it can't
> obtain an IP address.  The cause for this failure becomes evident when
> I run "iwlist eth1 scan," which returns the message:
> eth1      Failed to read scan data : No data available
> I've tried finding ap in two locations where there are quite strong
> signals; my Windows partition finds the access points with no trouble
> using the same card. 
> My card is a MA521 from NetGear, which (I believe) uses the RTL8180L
> chipset.
> Thanks for any help you can offer,
> ~Mark
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