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Old 01-22-2005, 10:55 AM   #16
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I got everything to work until I tried to do make install. I'm logged in as root, and whenever I do it, (I'm in the ndiswrapper directory) I get this error:

[root@localhost /]# cd ndiswrapper-0.12
[root@localhost ndiswrapper-0.12]# make install
make -C driver install
make[1]: Entering directory `/ndiswrapper-0.12/driver'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.3-2.1.253.lba.2/build SUBDIRS=/ndiswrapper-0.12/driver \
/lib/modules/2.6.3-2.1.253.lba.2/build/scripts/ line 1: gcc: command not found
/lib/modules/2.6.3-2.1.253.lba.2/build/scripts/ line 1: gcc: command not found
make[2]: Entering directory `/lib/modules/2.6.3-2.1.253.lba.2/build'
HOSTCC scripts/fixdep
/bin/sh: line 1: gcc: command not found
make[3]: *** [scripts/fixdep] Error 127
make[2]: *** [scripts] Error 2
make[2]: Leaving directory `/lib/modules/2.6.3-2.1.253.lba.2/build'
make[1]: *** [default] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/ndiswrapper-0.12/driver'
make: *** [install] Error 2

I'm new to linux and the first thing I've been trying to do is to get my wireless card to work. It's a WMP54G linksys card btw. The distro I'm using is LBA-Linux.
Old 01-27-2005, 04:44 PM   #17
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i followed the guide perfectly and the driver seemed to install just fine...but when i typed iwconfig wlan0 it said "ESSIDff/any" and i couldnt do anything about it.... i tried changing the /etc/rc.d/rc.wireless.conf file and nothing...i even typed iwconfig wlan0 essid WIRELESS and nothing (WIRELESS is the name of my network)

any help would really be appreciated
Old 03-08-2005, 10:15 AM   #18
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Silly question, I'm sure, but what do I need to do to get it to work with WEP and a Shared Key?

(Should I turn either/both of them off on the router, or do they help? I just don't want anyone with a router nearby to get into my personal stuff.)
Old 04-01-2005, 11:24 AM   #19
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MY setup:
DELL C600, P3 850MHz
DLINK DWL-G650, Airplus Extreme G

Slackware 10, kernel 2.4.29, NDISWRAPPER 1.1, driver from Dlink for windows,

Madwifi didn't work for me, ni FEDORA CORE 3 so I went back to slackware which was where I learned linux years ago (but been out of Linux for 5 years)

After initial computer setup, a couple of kernel rebuilds to get drivers, mod support etc..
I downloaded NDISWRAPPER from

I was logged in as root. cd to home, tar -xzf <filename>
cd to that dir, did make and make install
then ndiswrapper -i <location to net5211.inf or your driver file>
then modprobe ndiswrapper
once that was done, I now have a device called wlan0
I use ifconfig to see what's happening, but have now all of this in my startup.
modprobe, then dhcpcd to get an IP from my router but also have a wlanrc script in /etc/rc.d directory

The only problem I have is that for no reason, the card drops. Cound run for an hour, a minute, 30 minutes.. no rhyme or reason but it simply drops. I can wait and it may or may not come back, but to force it I can execute the rc.wireless script from the rc.d directory and it comes back in a flash.

I hope this helps anyone that't trying to get things going.

I'm still trying to re-learn linux. I built two ISP's using linux for DNS, PPP, SLIP, Platypus as well as many many CGI's. We used mail servers, web servers, news servers - you name it. Then we sold out.
I've not touched Linux in over 5 years! It isn't like riding a bicycle -
Old 05-18-2005, 10:14 PM   #20
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I've been trying to install ndiswrapper for like a month with a Microsoft MN-720 on Fedora v2.85 (I think). My kernel version is 2.6.11-1.14_FC3. Anyway, it all worked fine until I got to the modprobe ndiswrapper part. Whenever I type /sbin/modprobe ndiswrapper, (just plain modprobe ndiswrapper doesn't do anything) it says "FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found." I've tried everything I can think of doing. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

From Ben
Old 06-09-2005, 01:31 PM   #21
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It works, mostly

Thanks for such explicit directions; they were very easy to follow. Two questions:

1) This is what I get when I type ndiswapper -l:

Installed ndis drivers:
bcmwl5 driver present
rt2500 driver present, hardware present
wmpci54g invalid driver!

And yet it works (I get connectivity). Should I ignore the error message, or am I missing out on better performance if it were listing the driver as present?

2) After some unknown number of hours, the connection dies. Could this be related to my first question, or is the connection designed to shut down after a period of inactivity?

Thanks for your help,

- keeg (that's geek spelled backwards)
Old 06-09-2005, 02:15 PM   #22
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Its multiple driver listings. This means you've tried installing the 'driver' several times. There is a command that you can use that will uninstall some of those drivers. Its one of the ndiswrapper switches.

I don't understand why you are loosing the connection after several hours. It might be hardware related. I would try the newest ndiswrapper version. Since I have written this there have been many upgrades.
Old 08-10-2005, 03:35 PM   #23
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You couldn't post the drivers you used, could you? I've been trying all drivers i've found and haven't been able to get the right ones. I guess there are a lot of different versions of the card.


Old 08-11-2005, 12:57 AM   #24
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Originally posted by dumbwhiteguy
You couldn't post the drivers you used, could you? I've been trying all drivers i've found and haven't been able to get the right ones. I guess there are a lot of different versions of the card.


The best thing to do is use drivers supplied via CD when you purchased the card.

This card has several different versions and all with different chipsets--therefore different drivers this would inheritly cause problems if you tried using the newest drivers.
Old 08-22-2005, 01:51 AM   #25
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Really easy to follow article, which also works for different cards (well it worked for mine) .
Old 09-17-2005, 02:18 PM   #26
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I cant get this to work. I type "ndiswrapper -m" and it says "modprobe config already contains alias directive".

So I jed into the modprobe.conf and theres nothing in there, not sure if there should be so I try adding "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper" and still no go. when I type "dhcpcd wlan0" nothing happens to my knowledge. then I type "iwconfig wlan0" and I get "wlan0 no such device".

Any suggestions?
Old 10-23-2005, 11:22 AM   #27
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I see nobody answered this last post, which is sad, because I have similar problem: alias is added to modprobe.conf correctly but when I write iwconfig wlan0 I get: "wlan0 no such device" as well. Also, when I write just 'iwcofig', I get:
lo no wireless extensions

sit0 no wireless extensions

eth0 no wireless extensions

So perhaps someone can help?
Old 10-29-2005, 09:53 AM   #28
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Same problem here... But for me, there is an error message when I try to do the "modprobe ndiswrapper " command. It says that something is wrong (i don't rembember what) in the file ndiswrapper.o... and then, i have the same problem as GeneralChaos and pimpilidimpi. Is there someone who can help us?

To RamenNoodle: maybe reinstalling the Gcc compilator could help...
Old 03-01-2006, 04:54 AM   #29
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I have followed the steps in this article. And everything works just fine.
But when i try to reboot the system to get the wireless running, i get this error message :

The rc.wirelss script can only run from within rc.inet1.
Try running "/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1_start" instead.

I have tried this, but nothing else happens.

If i configure the wireless card now, should it be done in rc.wireless.conf or in rc.inet1.conf ?

Please help me if anyone can.
Old 03-20-2006, 12:33 PM   #30
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I have slackware (kill bill) and I'm a newbie. Sortof. Anyway I think I found what I need in this article but the article is somewhat above my level of understanding. My questions are the following;

1.What files will I need in order to set up my WMP54G wireless adapter.
2.What combination of commands will make my adapter work.
3.What would be a good place to learn what skills I will need to set up my adapter.

Thank you very much


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