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kmacphail 02-16-2009 04:43 AM

Installing ndiswrapper on Fedora 10 without an internet connection
I have recently installed Fedora 10 on my system, I have been using Ubuntu 8.10 for the past six months and thought I would sample another distro.

I have a Thomson SpeedTouch 121g USB Wireless adapter. This works fine in Ubuntu using NDISwrapper. However I have not been able to find a way, looking through google mainly, to install NDISwrapper on Fedora without having an already working internet connection.

I read a few posts that seemed to suggest that the program was already on the distro but I get the answer:

command ndiswrapper unknown

so I am assuming it is not already loaded on the distro. Please help.

linuxlover.chaitanya 02-16-2009 04:52 AM

Download the source for ndiswrapper from sourceforge and compile it.

kmacphail 02-16-2009 05:14 AM

I downloaded the tar file, extracted it to a directory. Logged on as root user and in the ndis directory typed "make" this is what came up:

make -C driver
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/kev/Download/ndiswrapper-1.54/driver'
Makefile:34: *** Cannot find kernel version in /usr/src/kernels/, is it configured?. Stop.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/kev/Download/ndiswrapper-1.54/driver'
make: *** [all] Error 2

Sorry for the delay as I am having to boot between two distros.

linuxlover.chaitanya 02-16-2009 05:18 AM

Did you look into the directory where the error seems to be? I never have used ndiswrapper so I might not look to useful to you but you may want to find out if the directory is it is looking for contains what it needs.

repo 02-16-2009 05:21 AM


Did you look into the directory where the error seems to be?
You need the kernelsource in order to compile ndiswrapper from source.
I would suggest to download the rpm file

linuxlover.chaitanya 02-16-2009 05:34 AM

Rpm for F10? It seems difficult to find. dag does have kernel module for ndiswrapper but for F10. I dont think so. There is source rpm though.

kmacphail 02-16-2009 05:47 AM

I tried downloading two different files but I keep getting the message:

Local install failed

Installing the local file failed.

Can't install /media/disk-1/fedora/ndiswrapper-1.54-18_r2670.fc10.x86_64.rpm

This came up after trying to install them using the GUI, should I try logging on as root user and installing these through the command line? If so what is the command in Fedora for this?

linuxlover.chaitanya 02-16-2009 06:15 AM

Obviously you need to be root to install packages.

kmacphail 02-16-2009 10:35 AM

Yes, I did put in the password etc, but I was wandering if it made a difference using the GUI compared to the command line. I may be a newbie but I do know that you need to be in root user mode to install anything.

kmacphail 02-16-2009 02:39 PM

OK then I give up, I have run about 20m of phone line extension and now have an internet connection.

However I still can't seem to get ndiswrapper. Any ideas folks, I followed a couple of guides, but it appears, after they didn't work, that they were for Fedora 8 not 10.

linuxlover.chaitanya 02-16-2009 11:09 PM

If you have internet connection working then using package manager is the best way.
Use yum to install it.
yum install <package-name>

Ranguvar 02-16-2009 11:23 PM

Even if you didn't have an internet connection, compiling from source is rather drastic. You should have been able to download the RPM from another PC and copy it over (yum might have a command to do this, or maybe on Fedora's site).

John VV 02-17-2009 01:03 AM

yum search ndiswrapper
-- if listed then -
yum install ndiswrapper

and that is it .It is installed

kmacphail 02-17-2009 12:37 PM

Right for some reason my version of Fedora 10 would not do anything before the following command was input:

yum update

Yum seems to be working fine now, this may be handy to know for anybody else who, like me, installed the distro and then couldn't work out why I could do nothing with yum, previously everything produced an error.

John VV 02-17-2009 12:41 PM

linux 101 or more like Linux 085 basic class
use " su " or " su - "

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