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Old 05-29-2005, 11:48 AM   #1
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Problems with NetGear wg311


I just installed Mandrake 2005 LimitedEdition on a friends computer. The problem is, he uses Wlan and I cannot seem to get it configured. When I enter the Control Center and try to add a wireless connection, it does not find any on its own. Thus I choosed a driver on my own (I tried the madwifi-driver and another one which was mentioned to work somewhere). Anyway, it simply flashes, then goes back to the beginning of the guide. I tried running drakxconf in the console to debug this and all it says is "FATAL : Module ath_pci not found."
When I tried the madwifi-driver it also said : "modinfo: could not find module madwifi_pci".
What does this mean? Are the drivers not installed? If not, how do I install them?
 
Old 05-31-2005, 10:30 PM   #2
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I have a Netgear wg311t. i have it working in Mandriva LE 2005 10.2.

I tried to set it up using the madwifi drivers but had problems.
The easiest way for me to install it was using ndiswrapper.

This worked for 10.1 official and the 10.2 official version.

I can briefly give you the steps I had to do to install it. Was really pretty simple.

1.) went into Mandriva control center into the software management and added ndiswrapper. It will probable ask for and install cd or two.

( The ndiswrapper that you install in Mandriva control center works much better than the one you download) . If you use the one installed with Mandrake you don't have to download the kernel source.

The go into terminal as SU type ndiswrapper -l to make sure it's loaded and gives you a response.

If it is loaded then you can load the windows drivers. You can find the drives on the install cd. There is a folder with the drivers called AR there you will find about three drivers. Copy those three drivers to a folder in linux.

2) load the drivers. From the folder where you put the windows drivers type in ndiswrapper -i xxxxxxx.inf. (xxxxxx.inf is the windows driver file)
2a type in ndiswrapper -l should get output saying driver and hardware present.

3) If that is ok then type in modprobe to load the ndiswrapper module

3a If that is ok then type in ndiswrapper -m writes the output to a file

4) then go into mandrake control center and find the network settings.
Start setting up the wireless settings you should have a option for wlan0 or whatever.

then you should be able to start the connection.

To automate it where you don't have to load ndismodule every time there is a file (modprobe.preload you can edit and enter ndiswrapper in the file and that will load ndiswrapper at the start. I think the file might be in the etc folder.....

That got mine working.... Hope your goes that easy...
 
Old 01-28-2006, 04:03 PM   #3
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Thanks

Dear Charlescpc

Wow, that´s the most amazing and simple explanation to installing the Netgear i´ve seen. Will be trying it. BTW, do you have the three Windows files? My card did not come w / a CD. i got it from ebay.

Thanks! Have a great afternoon!
 
Old 01-28-2006, 07:51 PM   #4
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Problem

Got as far as downloading the update from Netgear which is now version 1.03 or something like that. It is an exe file, so i down. it to my Win box, installed it, copied the three files (netwg311.cat netwg311.inf netwg311nd5.sys) to my Lin box, ran the ndiswrapper -i command and got it installed. When i ran the ndiswrapper -l command i got

Installed ndis drivers:
netwg311 invalid driver!
netwg311.cat invalid driver!

Any ideas?

Have a nice evening!
 
Old 01-28-2006, 08:07 PM   #5
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Go here http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...p/Installation and check out the Install Windows Driver section - seems to be 3 or 4 different chipsets used for your card, make sure you use the driver they advise and save yourself some time and trouble :-)
 
Old 01-29-2006, 01:39 AM   #6
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Continuation of installation

i looked at the List under ndiswrapper webpage but could not find my particular card. This netgear card (WG311) is, according to the Netgear page anyway, a Version One. The ones listed in ndis... are V2 and V3. i don´t have the card currently installed, but like i mentioned above, according to the website pictures and indications of Netgear, it´s a ver. one. Sigh. Any ideas?
Have a great evening!
 
Old 01-29-2006, 03:17 AM   #7
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Ok, netgear say the WG311v3 is labeled "WG311v3". The serial number starts with WG29 or 167. The WG311v2 is labeled "WG311 v2". The serial number starts with WG22 or 129. First version of the WG311 is labeled "WG311". (This product is now known as the WG311v1, but it was not realized there would be another chipset when it was releaseed.) The serial number starts with WG31. If its none of those then its a wg311t and there are 4 different firmware versions of that. Also be aware that there are 2 different drivers for the version 1. You really need to know which chipset your card has and take it from there.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 10:56 PM   #8
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I am trying to install this card, but it keeps telling me that it can't find the hardware, it just says "driver present". And suggestions?
 
Old 02-03-2006, 10:50 AM   #9
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I recently installed the new Mandriva 2006 and it found the card and installed the drivers perfectly. I suggest upgrading if you have a similiar problem.
 
Old 08-10-2006, 12:38 AM   #10
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WG311v3 WIKI

Hi guys. Check out my mini wiki on how to install the WG311v3 Driver on Debian, i hope it can be helpful. And feel free to contribute to make it better!

WG311v3 LINUX WIKI

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