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Old 08-02-2005, 03:06 AM   #1
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Another 'modprobe ndiswrapper' error

I know there's been plenty asked about this problem and I've yet to find a solution for this error, I've trawled through a lot of posts and google may have even missed a few. Anyway when at root I 'modprobe ndiswrapper' and get this.

[root@mandriva ndiswrapper]# ndiswrapper -l
Installed ndis drivers:
wg311v2 driver present, hardware present
[root@mandriva ndiswrapper]# modprobe ndiswrapper
FATAL: Error inserting ndiswrapper (/lib/modules/2.6.11-6mdk/misc/ndiswrapper.ko): Invalid module format
Most come down to kernel version miss-match. But I'm sure it's not a problem here as the numbers seem to match up, don't they? I built the kernel as that seemed a common solution but no help.

[root@mandriva build]# cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.6.11-6mdk ( (gcc version 3.4.3 (Mandrakelinux 10.2 3.4.3-3mdk)) #1 Tue Mar 22 16:04:32 CET 2005
[root@mandriva build]# modinfo ndiswrapper
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.11-6mdk/misc/ndiswrapper.ko
parmtype:       if_name:charp
parm:           if_name:Network interface name or template (default: wlan%d)
parmtype:       proc_uid:int
parm:           proc_uid:The uid of the files created in /proc (default: 0).
parmtype:       proc_gid:int
parm:           proc_gid:The gid of the files created in /proc (default: 0).
parmtype:       hangcheck_interval:int
parmtype:       debug:int
parm:           debug:debug level
parm:           hangcheck_interval:The interval, in seconds, for checking if driver is hung. (default: 0)
author:         ndiswrapper team <>
version:        1.2
license:        GPL
vermagic:       2.6.11-6mdkcustom 686 gcc-3.4
depends:        usbcore
srcversion:     4053A6C7057E345A70AB170
[root@mandriva build]#
I do notice that in the last bit it mentions '2.6.11-6mdkcustom', should I be building the source from there rather then 2.6.11-6md which is what I have been doing .

What am I doing wrong, am I doing something in the wrong order perhaps?

Any comments would be helpful� Thank you
Old 08-02-2005, 10:21 AM   #2
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After you build the kernel, you then need to build ndiswrapper for that kernel.

Due to all the changes in the PCMCIA subsystem, I am currently building and testing all the 2.6.13-rcx kernels. I keep the ndiswrapper-1.1 sources on disk. After building one of the new kernels and booting it, ndiswrapper is not available. During that first run, I make and install ndiswrapper. On subsequent reboots, my wifi network is then available.

Incidently, I use V1.1 of ndiswrapper rather than 1.2. The latter version causes the system to hang during shutdown and I have to power the machine off.



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