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I was able to get my F5D8000 Pre-N card to work successfully on my SUSE 10.0 machine, but some unfortunate events led me to wipe the hard drive clean and start over. I installed the exact same packages, and went through the exact same procedure as the last successful install, but now I get this error while installing the WPNT511 driver:
couldn't copy /driver/NETANI.INF at /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper line 144.
any clue whyh this doesn't want to work anymore?
I'm using ndiswrapper1.14 (same as last time) and nothing has changed in my hardware configuration.
I also had a quick question about the WPNT511 driver... there's 2 versions to download 1) Dec 2, 2005 and 2) Dec 21, 2005, which is different from the Jun 30, 2005 version mentioned above. could this be the problem? much obliged...
now I have more of an annoyance than a problem... for some reason SUSE detects 2 network cards:
1) Wireless Network Card [fully functional] and 2) Airgo Networks Ethernet controler [not configured]
the 2nd device used to be my default, but now the 1st one is. I really shouldn't complain because my wireless card works flawlessly, but like I said, it's more of an annoyance than a problem.
I'm a NEWBIE myself, so I know I'm going to be skipping some pretty important stuff, but here's basically what I did to get my card to work (along with some help from the site I referrenced in my previous post).
Next, from the root directory, cd to ndiswrapper-1.15
root> cd ndiswrapper-1.5
root> make distclean
root> make install
After running the make command, you're going to need to install the Netgear WPNT511 driver for the Belkin F5D8000. first, cd to the location of the drivers, which should be /root/wpnt511_v1104/Utility/Driver (if you followed the above directions)
root> cd ..
root> cd /wpnt511_v1104/Utility/Driver
root> ndiswrapper -i NETANI.INF
root> ndiswrapper -l
The 'ndiswrapper -l' command should give you this message:
If you don't see wlan0 as one of your network adapters, then type this command:
root> ifconfig wlan0 up
At this point, your Belkin card should be able to scan for available networks in the area. Type this command to search for networks:
root> iwlist wlan0 scan
If you see networks, then your card is functioning. It's best to configure it Manually using YaST if you get this far. This should get you up and running, but you may need to make some changes in order for the drivers to be loaded during boot.
Emachine1:~/ndiswrapper-1.16 # make
make -C driver
make: Entering directory `/root/ndiswrapper-1.16/driver'
Can't find kernel build files in /lib/modules/188.8.131.52-4-default/build;
give the path to kernel build directory with
KBUILD=<path> argument to make
make: *** [prereq_check] Error 1
make: Leaving directory `/root/ndiswrapper-1.16/driver'
make: *** [all] Error 2
I'm running SUSE 10.1. Yes, "make distclean" had been done w/ no error messages before this.
and it all worked using the Netgear WPN511 drivers and ndiswrapper-1.46.tar.gz.
The problem I was having is that after transfering a large file or large number of smaller files I would loose my connection to the router. When doing a ping I would get
ping: sendmsg: no buffer space available
I think I solved the problem by using the drivers downloaded from the Belkin website instead of using the Netgear drivers. The Belkin download F5D8010v184.108.40.206a.exe had a date of 02-02-2005 and the NetAni.inf and WNIhdd51.sys inside the file (rename it to F5D8010v220.127.116.11a.zip and open with Konqueror) had a date of 10-06-2004.
I am running Slackware 11 with an upgraded kernel of 2.6.18.
Also the network card has a great range and I get transfer speeds of around 2-4MBps (2 to 4 Megabytes per second) with the Belkin Pre-N F5D8230-4 router.
The metal part of the card does get hot to the point where it is hard to touch. Nothing that drilling holes through the plastic on the laptop won't fix.
Last edited by promethious; 06-15-2007 at 06:00 PM.
However, upon reaching step 7 (activating the driver), the machine hangs when executing the line "sudo modprobe ndiswrapper".
Nothing is written to /var/log/messages before the system hangs, and a manual reboot is required to proceed.
Using the netgear driver in-place of the belkin driver makes no difference.
The same problem also occurs if I attempt to use the gui to perform the installation (via System->Administration->Windows Wireless Drivers) - though in this case it freezes as soon as the 'Install' button is pressed after browsing to the driver .inf file. (presumably is is performing steps 4,5,6 & 7 as a single action.)
This is all using the latest version of ndiswrapper, 1.53.
If relevant, the pc i'm trying to get it working in is one of these:-
Any help would be greatly appreciated on this, as I'm a Linux noobie and am tbh, quite stumped =/