wpa_supplicant / ndiswrapper / Dell WLAN 1450 / Slackware issues

Philip H. Schlesinger pschlesi at uci.edu
Wed Dec 22 13:33:56 EST 2004

Going nuts here. I'm a semi-newbie to Linux. Configuration:

Dell Inspiron 600m
Dell Wireless 1450 a/b/g card
Dual boot to: Slackware 10 (fully patched to current via swaret and 
kernel 2.6.9) and Windows XP
NDISWrapper 0.11 because the 1450 is Broadcomm based (booo!!!!!!!!!)
WPA_supplicant 0.3.2 (tried 0.3.1 & 0.2.5 also with no luck)

D-Link DI-614+ (patched to firmware 3.43)
hidden ssid
set to WPA-PSK

The D-Link connects fine when in Windows. If I try to connect in 
Slackware to a non-encrypted WLAN (not my own, but for instance in a 
coffee shop), NDISWrapper works fine.


# home network; allow all valid ciphers
ssid="ssid is entered here (not going to reveal it)"
psk="key is entered here (not going to reveal it)"

Note, by the way, that the ap_scan line, while I'd like to use it, 
doesn't work - I get "Line 8: unknown network field 'ap_scan') (this is 

Here's what happens with the ap_scan line commented out:

bash-3.00# wpa_supplicant -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -dd
Initializing interface 'wlan0' conf '/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf' driver 
Configuration file '/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf' -> '/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf'
Reading configuration file '/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf'
Line 1: Invalid configuration line 'ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant'.
Line 2: Invalid configuration line 'ctrl_interface_group=0'.
Line: 5 - start of a new network block
ssid - hexdump_ascii(len=(value here removed)):
(normally there's a bunch of hex here with my ssid at the end - I 
removed it)
scan_ssid=0 (0x0)
key_mgmt: 0x2
PSK (ASCII passphrase) - hexdump_ascii(len=63): [REMOVED]
PSK (from passphrase) - hexdump(len=32): [REMOVED]
Priority group 0
id=0 ssid='(ssid removed)'
Failed to read configuration file '/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf'.

Ideas? The ap_scan line should work - it doesn't. The program doesn't 
like the first two lines of the conf file either...Help!

- Phil

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