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Old 11-03-2004, 08:30 PM   #1
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first time install in linux, ndiswrapper

here the deal, this is my first time installing anyting in linux, I am a noob. I am trying to install ndiswrapper so i can get my dell wireless card to work. i have slackware and xp dual booting on a dell 5150 laptop. i found a post about installing ndiswrapper and this is what it said.

tar zxvf /path/to/file
cd ndiswrapper-xx
make install

the only problem is i dont know what any of it means. I am good with computers but i know nothing about linux. could anyone tell my what file i need to put in the path/to/file and what the -xx means or anything so I can get this installed and start to learn something. it is a pain switching from OS to OS so I can check these forums, i just need to get ndiswrapper installed and I will be a lot less frusterated. thanks.
Old 11-03-2004, 10:12 PM   #2
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/path/to/file = where u put ndiswrapper tar.gz file
-xx = version of ndiswrapper

below is the step by step how to install ndiswrapper
Old 11-04-2004, 12:33 AM   #3
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ok, thats what i thought that meant. I read that article and everything went great untill I got to the make install command. it says thats not a valid command. im in the new directory that was created and Im logged in as root. I dont understand what im doing wrong. this is like the tenth time ive tried this, I have read 4 different articles all saying the same thing but its just not working. it said something about installing the kernel source first, I dont think I did that. whats the kernal source and how do I install it if I need to. thanks for the link.
Old 11-04-2004, 12:51 AM   #4
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type (in any directory): make --version
You should see something like this:
GNU Make 3.80
Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.
There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A

If it says something like make:Command not found, then your definately missing something (, though I haven't seen a distro not come with make yet. If you for some reason don't have it (try an slocate make just to make sure) then you should be able to get it from your install CD, your Distro's website, or the GNU make website itself.

Try with these first though:
tar zxvf ndiswrapper-0.11.tar.gz
cd ndiswrapper-0.11
su -c 'make install'

You'll have to type in a password for the su -c 'make install' part unless your already root!

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Old 11-04-2004, 01:19 AM   #5
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yeah i was getting the make:command not found error. I downloaded make from that link you gave so tomorrow im going to install that and give this a try again. hopefully that will work, this is driving me nuts. thanks.
Old 11-06-2004, 03:27 AM   #6
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I ran into this problem tonight, as my first time working with linux like this and ndiswrapper, after many questions, i found out you need to switch the directory to the directory that your "makefile" is in, aka the directory that you extracted your ndiswrapper to. To do that, do

cd /directory/to/ndiswrapper

then run the make install.
Old 11-27-2004, 10:23 PM   #7
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I know this is a little late...

i was doing this, and everythign was going perfectly, then it said this after "make install"

make -C driver install
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/patbon/ndiswrapper-0.12/driver'
Can't find kernel sources in /lib/modules/;
give the path to kernel sources with KSRC=<path> argument to make
make[1]: *** [prereq_check] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/patbon/ndiswrapper-0.12/driver'
make: *** [install] Error 2

What I gather from this is that somethign with my Kernel is wrong. God dammit. Anyone know what to do?
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Ok well i found that sometimes kernel is not stable or something, but still, I'm a newb and do not know what to do, anyone?
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