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Old 09-24-2006, 03:34 PM   #1
thealphajustin
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installing ndiswrapper WITH NO INTERNET CONNECTION!!!!


hello friends....
like many of you have probobly seen before, i have an issue with a broadcom wireless card in my laptop.

that problem, is that i need ndiswrapper to enable the windows driver. i have downloaded the ndiswrapper but it cannot find my FC5 source file (build files).

all the articles i have ready said to use yum to install ndiswrapper, but i dont have a working Lan card on this computer. i tried a localinstall with yum, but of course i had a repo data error.

i need your input guys......how can i install ndiswrapper without using yum. or how do i get ndiswrapper to NOT look for the source files?

any help would be great appreciated. you want some details on the terminal error messages i can post them all. i just wanted to probe the forum for this topic.

thanks!!!
 
Old 09-24-2006, 05:06 PM   #2
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Justin,
In order to install ndiswrapper, you'll have to post your Kernel version. ndiswrapper generates a kernel module that will be specific for your Kernel version. That is why it requires the kernel version information. "uname -r" is a command that will return your kernel version. After that, hope someone will build a version for you...
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Old 09-24-2006, 05:37 PM   #3
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If you are using FC5 you should not have to build ndiswrapper. You can just download the appropriate rpms install and enjoy.
You can use:
$uname -r - to find out what kernel version you are running

then download

kmod-ndiwrapper-1.2.6.XX_1.XXXX_FC5 -making sure that the numbers match from uname-r
ndiswrapper-1.18-1

install with

rpm -ivh /path/to/filename/filename
Additionally you will need the windoze .inf and .sys files in the same directory
ndiswrapper will want the .inf inserted. But for some reason I don't know needs the .sys file in the same directory.
 
Old 09-25-2006, 03:42 PM   #4
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its working!

hey ya'll
thank you very much for your promp reply. i tried the methods you are speaking of, but to no avail.

however i did get it all working. i just ran the source.rpm from the FC5 DVD, and then used the KBUILD=<path> command to tell the make where the kernel is hiding.

it seemed to work alright. im using the wireless card right now as i post. the first thing i did was start my yum update.lol

it was still kinda tricky getting it working even after ndiswrapper was installed so i am going to reply very soon with a short turorial on how to do it with my specific wireless card, and my specific fedora setup.

once again, thanks alot guys, i was pullin hair for a while!!

Justin
 
Old 09-25-2006, 04:01 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by thealphajustin
it was still kinda tricky getting it working even after ndiswrapper was installed so i am going to reply very soon with a short turorial on how to do it with my specific wireless card, and my specific fedora setup.
A far better idea would be to create a Tutorial of it - that way the instructions won't get lost among the other posts in the forums.

Congrats on getting it working.
 
Old 09-25-2006, 11:54 PM   #6
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Justin,
I'm glad to hear that things are working well for you. If you notice an system freezing or instability, you may want to re-compile your kernel with CONFIG_4KSTACKS (in the Kernel Hacks section of configuration) disabled. That'll provide a much better environment for some windows drivers. In anycase... I wish you the best with your new toy.
 
Old 09-27-2006, 06:03 AM   #7
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Justin,
I'm glad to hear that things are working well for you. If you notice an system freezing or instability, you may want to re-compile your kernel with CONFIG_4KSTACKS (in the Kernel Hacks section of configuration) disabled. That'll provide a much better environment for some windows drivers. In anycase... I wish you the best with your new toy.
i looked through my system and i was not able to locate the Kernel editing program.....is that something i can get from yum? id really like to get it so i can modify a few things, like permitting NTFS devices!!
 
  


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