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Old 08-18-2005, 06:00 AM   #1
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Ndiswrapper Hangs On Modprobe


Hi,

I have just chanced my old belkin 54g wireless network card for a 125Mb belkin F5D7001uk card. I have removed the old driver and now want to install the new one. My problem is after installing the driver using ndiswrapper 1.2, i get to the modprobe ndiswrapper part and then my system just sits there and hangs. :-( Does anyone know a work around for this please? There currently is no other drivers for this card :-(

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Old 08-18-2005, 07:23 AM   #2
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We're going to need to know a bit more before we can point you in a direction, namely the distro and kernel you're using.

Now having said that, I'm going to hazard a guess that you're using some version of Fedora. The reason I'm guessing that is because the stock Fedora kernels are fairly incompatible with ndiswrapper, and hanging at the modprobe stage is one of the classic symptoms. If that is the case, you'll probably need a new kernel. If you don't feel like compiling one yourself, I would suggest using one of the NTFS kernels. They compile their kernels in a much more ndiswrapper way.

Also have a read through the ndiswrapper wiki (see my sig for the link) as this is almost certainly addressed there.
 
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Hi, sorry my bad

i am using Suse 9.3 with A 2.6 Kernal

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Old 08-18-2005, 08:18 AM   #4
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That certainly rules out the standard Fedora problems.

Did you compile ndiswrapper yourself or are you using Yast? If you used Yast, it could be that the version of ndiswrapper that is installed is compiled against a different kernel than you are using. Just a guess though. There are Suse specific installation instructions at the ndiswrapper wiki. You might want to go through that and make sure you're doing exactly as it says. Otherwise, compiling ndiswrapper is ususally pretty trivial as long as you have the kernel source code installed.

One thing to do is to rummage through your system logs (like the output of dmesg) and see if there are any clues as to what was happening as the system crashed.
 
Old 08-18-2005, 08:55 AM   #5
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Hi,

no ndiswrapper installed itself while i was installing Suse 9.3

thankyou

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Old 08-18-2005, 09:14 AM   #6
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I don't know much about Suse, so bear with all my questions.....

Do you have a choice of kernels when you install Suse? Did you do anything to modify the kernel after you installed it? It just seems really strange to me that your seeing a system crash if you have a stock Suse install.

If I were in your shoes, I would follow the ndiswrapper wiki instructions for uninstalling the existing ndiswrapper and compile a new one. You do need to make sure that you've installed the kernel source code however since that rarely is part of a standard install. Make sure that the source code version and the kernel number match exactly. If you did a standard install with a stock Suse kernel, the right source code should be on one of your CDs.
 
Old 08-18-2005, 09:24 AM   #7
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Hi,

no i didnt have a choice of kernes on start up, i just left the kernel alone . Also i didnt modify the kernel either, i think il try uninstalling ndiswrapper and try doing what the wiki says. if i still have problems or get it to work il keep you posted :-) Thankyou for helping me at least :-)

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Old 08-18-2005, 09:27 PM   #8
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Hi,

i got the card working by doing the following and using Ndiswrapper 1.1, i have not tried it on the newer ndiswrapper! :-

1. Do modprobe -r ndiswrapper
2. Then do ndiswrapper -e driver name
3. Download the Belkin 54g Wireless Desktop Network Card (F5D7000) Rev 03 driver from http://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R81433.EXE
4. unzip R81433.EXE /home/whereeveritmaybe/bcmwl
5. type ndiswrapper -i /home/whereeveritmaybe/bcmwl5.inf
6. type ndiswrapper -l to check if its installed you should get something like "bcmwl driver installed"
7. type dmesg to check and you should see something like "wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx"


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