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Old 04-17-2006, 09:35 PM   #1
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Cannot install drivers for Netgear wg311v3 on FC5

When attempting to install drivers with ndiswrapper I always get the same results.

This command:
"ndiswrapper -i /ndiswrapper-1.14/wg311v3.inf"
will render this result:
"Installing wg311v3
couldn't copy /ndiswrapper-1.14/wg311v3.inf at /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper line 139."

I've tried placing the files in different directories. I also tried files from the CD as well as downloading files from Netgear and Marvell (v3 uses Marvell 88w8335 chipset). I ran the command with and without the directory path. The result is always the same.

After the attempted installation "ndiswrapper -l" will show "wg311v3 invalid driver"

FYI, ndiswrapper ver. 1.14 installed without error.

I have the feeling I'm missing something, as I have read several post of people getting this card to work with ndiswrapper. Any help for a newbie would be appreciated. Thanks.
Old 04-17-2006, 10:15 PM   #2
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It appears from your first command string that the 'inf' file is in the ndiswrapper directory. Is this correct? If so, just use the command ndiswrapper -i wg311v3.inf and that should load the driver. I too have tried to load driver from a different directory other than ndiswrapper. Found it worked best to just copy the required files into ndiswrapper directory. Do a ndiswrapper -l command to verify that driver was loaded.

I'm trying to get my linksys WMP11v27 to work under ndiswrapper with no luck. See my post under my login ID.
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I just tried that again. I got the exact same results. That's what's driving me crazy. I'm thinking that it's finding the file, but for some reason is unable copy the information into /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper.

This is the second version of ndiswrapper that I've tried. I also tried ver. 1.13. I also put the driver files in their own directory along with various combinations of .sys files and included that path in the command string. Still no luck.
Old 07-16-2006, 10:51 PM   #4
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try putting .INF instead of .inf. it worked for me
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If all else fails...

Have you tried manually copying the .inf and .sys files into /etc/ndiswrapper/<drivername>

I think that's the correct path naming... it's been a while since I used ndiswrapper.

I have a Netgear WG311T: There seem to be different (incompatible) drivers for each version, and I never did succeed in having it work with ndiswrapper. It works well with mad-wifi after I discovered I needed to add:
"iwpriv ath0 authmode 2"
to the startup script.

Last edited by tskears; 07-18-2006 at 09:22 AM.
Old 07-19-2006, 06:12 PM   #6
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This is an old thread and it's been some time since I've been on that system at all. However I did resolve the problem by installing the 16K stack size kernel. After that I didn't have any problem installing the drivers. Just make sure to boot into the correct kernel if you have more than 1 installed, and to download and install the corresponding kernel-devel.
Old 08-10-2006, 01:42 AM   #7
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Hi guys. Check out my mini wiki on how to install the WG311v3 Driver on Debian, i hope it can be helpful. And feel free to contribute thoughts and ideas to make it better!


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