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Old 06-25-2005, 03:57 AM   #1
Andrew Skinner
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Distribution: Mandrake LE 2005
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can't modprobe ndiswrapper with .inf driver installed

I'm trying to get a D-link DWL-G122 wireless adaptor running on Mandrake LE2005, its in the hardware list as approved.

if I modprobe ndiswrapper BEFORE installing the .inf driver (netrtusb) then I can install the adaptor and , network all works via wlan0 (used drakwizard to install). wlan0 is not automatically re-started at boot , the wizard does not enter wlan0 in modprobe.conf and modprobe.preload does not include an ndiswrapper entry BUT this is OK right now because any attempt to reload ndiswrapper after a boot crashes the machine.

if I type modprobe ndiswrapper after installing the netrtusb driver the command does not complete.
if I add ndiswrapper to modprobe.preload.conf the machine hangs at boot.

I tried also a manual install

ndiswrapper -i /(path)/netrtusb.conf
ndiswrapper -l
(comes back with netrtusb driver isntalled and hardware present)
modprobe ndiswrapper
(command does not complete )

I also tried the wizard without doing a modprobe ndiswrapper first, this seems to load the inf file before doing a modprobe and hangs.

what am I doing wrong ?
can I fix this ?
Old 06-25-2005, 07:03 AM   #2
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If you run dmesg after it fails do you get any relevant ndiswrapper messages at the end?
Old 06-25-2005, 09:10 AM   #3
Andrew Skinner
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rebooted , started a root console

# ndiswrapper -i etc
# ndiswrapper -l (driver loaded, hardware presnt)
# modprobe ndiswarpper ( command not completed)

started a new console

# dmesg

last entries are

ndiswrapper: version 1.0 loaded (preempt=no, smp=no)
ndiswrapper: driver netrtusb (D-Link, 06/30/2004, 1.02.0000) added
usb 3-1: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2

this last line is repeated for several screen fulls (must be >50 )


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