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Old 01-12-2016, 03:51 PM   #1
Lisa J
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Getting permission denied when trying to run ndisgtk from command line on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Hi All,

Thanks in advance for your time in helping me with this issue. I have had such a hard time trying to get my wireless to work on Ubuntu. I am new to Ubuntu and I have gotten everything pretty much where I want it to be but getting my wireless to work has been quite a bear. I at least have Internet through my Ethernet connection but really would rather not continue on wired connectivity. I have confirmed that I have the ndiswrapper and the ndisgtk installed but when I go to run the sudo ndisgtk command on the terminal I get the following

lisa@lisa-GM5664:/usr/lib/python3.4$ sudo ndisgtk
[sudo] password for lisa:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/sbin/ndisgtk", line 408, in <module>
File "/usr/sbin/ndisgtk", line 123, in __init__
File "/usr/sbin/ndisgtk", line 151, in setup_driver_list
File "/usr/sbin/ndisgtk", line 163, in get_driver_list
output,retcode = getoutput("ndiswrapper", "-l")
File "/usr/sbin/ndisgtk", line 35, in getoutput
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/", line 859, in __init__
restore_signals, start_new_session)
File "/usr/lib/python3.4/", line 1457, in _execute_child
raise child_exception_type(errno_num, err_msg)
PermissionError: [Errno 13] Permission denied

I get the same thing even when I sign on as the root. I had tried different permissions scenarios and nothing seems to work. Any assistance on this matter would be greatly appreciated.



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Old 01-12-2016, 03:55 PM   #2
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R U sure you're going about it in the right manner, getting ubutututu to use wifi?

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ndisgtk is a graphical frontend for ndiswrapper, a Linux module for
using network drivers written for Microsoft Windows. As indicated
in the table above, development of ndisgtk has stopped,
and only critical bugs will be fixed. If you experience issues with ndisgtk, you can report them in the project's bug tracker at

Debian and Ubuntu users should report it in the distribution bug tracker.
ubuntu 14.04 connect to a wifi network using command line

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Old 01-15-2016, 07:24 PM   #3
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Hello Lisa J and welcome to the forum. I have actually never experienced problems connecting Ubuntu to Wifi, however with Slackware I had to get some help from forum members. The instructions here helped, although I am not sure this will work with Ubuntu. It's worth a look.
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