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Old 05-20-2008, 09:36 AM   #1
BobNutfield
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Module not loading with modprobe ndiswrapper


Hello all,

I apologize that I should be able to figure this one out, but ndiswrapper does not seem to be loading with modprobe ndiswrapper. Installed it with SlackBuild and it installed just fine. Installed the drivers and got:

Code:
Driver installed   Device Present
In my past experiences, everything was easy when I got this. I have issued the ndiswrapper -m to create the proper alias. But lsmod shows no sign of ndiswrapper. dmesg | grep wlan0 shows nothing. lsusb shows the hardware listed.

Is there another command I can issue which will load this module? Am I leaving something out? There are a lot of tutorials and they're grreat, but none I have found have very much about troubleshooting when stuff like this happens.

Thanks for any help.. It's great to be back in Slack and my laptop is SCREAMING fast with it. But, I would sure love to get onto the net before I start tackling the non-working sound.

Thanks in advance,

Bob
 
Old 05-20-2008, 09:49 AM   #2
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UPDATE

Ndiswrapper module is loaded, but wireless extensions no where to be found. iwconfig tells me no wireless extensions found.
 
Old 05-20-2008, 10:40 AM   #3
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OK, digging deeper the only thing I can come up with is this:

Quote:
#ndiswrapper -v
modinfo: could not open ndiswrapper: Is a directory
module version is too old!
utils version: '1.9', utils versiion needed by module: '0'
module details:
modinfo: could not open ndiswrapper: Is a directory

You may need to upgrade driver and/or utils to latest versions available at
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net
As per the instructions and recommendations, I installed ndisewrapper with SlackBuild. It seemed to install flawlessly. The first try installed the driver with hardware present. The ndiswrapper module is loaded. The system is not finding it.

This works fine in Ubuntu. I have the latest version (1.52) of ndiswrapper and it is compiled against this 2.6.24.5-smp kernel according to the SlackBuild script.

If someone has ndiswrapper working in Slack 12.1, I would love some advice.

Thanks
Bob
 
Old 05-20-2008, 10:51 AM   #4
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OK, I guess I am just following my own progress in case someone needs it or someone has an answer. The results from:

Quote:
#cat /var/log/messages | grep loadndisdriver
loadndisdriver: loadndisdriver: load_driver(358): couldn't load driver net8187b
Well now I know the reason, but don't have a clue how to fix it.

Bob
 
Old 05-20-2008, 11:04 AM   #5
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What does

Code:
ndiswrapper -l
tells you?
 
Old 05-20-2008, 11:13 AM   #6
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Hello Pratt,

Quote:
#ndiswrapper -l
net8187b: driver installed
device (0BDA:8197) present
Should be working right?

I removed the driver and re-installed it because that has worked for me in the past. etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper has this entry:

Quote:
alias usb:v0BDAAp8197d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip* ndiswrapper
I believe this should read simply alias wlan0 ndiswrapper

Got no idea what is going on.

Thanks for your reply
Bob
 
Old 05-20-2008, 11:25 AM   #7
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Apparently there is an issue with certain modules conflicting with ndiswrapper in the newer kernels. I'm not sure if this has been fixed recently but the solution I had to get it working was to add the following to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
Code:
blacklist b43
blacklist b44
blacklist ohci_hcd
blacklist ssb
 
Old 05-20-2008, 11:51 AM   #8
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Solved-slack Makes You Work And Learn!

Thank you very much to all who helped. Turns out that I have to make an adjustment in the windows .inf driver file because it was not binding itself to the proper usb address. Once I made that adjustment (added the correct line for this usb address), I was up and running. Works great!!

Now to tackle sound!

Thanks again.

Bob
 
  


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