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    ndiswrapper update

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    This update may help a few who can't find a linux driver for
    their wifi, but have access to a Windows wifi driver.

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTMwNjU

    This article has a few additional ideas on the subject, as well.
    Last edited by utu; 02-22-2013 at 04:49 PM.

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    I don't have a wired connection, just my phone as a hot spot. Like to use desktop for as much as possible. I have set up ndiswrapper and ndisgtk on several linux distros
    Question: Do you know of all ndiswrapper packages I need, as well as their dependencies. Can't really tell how many dependencies are already installed.
    I have seven of the main debian ndiswrapper packages downloaded as well as my wireless card drivers folder with the LSTINDS.INF.

    I use my phone to download then transfer everything over to distros. Some have all packages and dependencies, others don't have much of any to speak of. This seems more like the latter as far as I can tell.

    A complete list would be much appreciated
    Thanks.
    AndyOpie150

    PS: I think this distro has far greater potential than Puppy Slacko. I have put it on a flasb drive, by the way.

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    Greetings, AndyOpie150

    I have no recent personal experience with ndiswrapper, so all I can offer
    is some generalities for you to consider.

    1. In regard to dependencies, with Knoppix I usually install things with
    Synaptic and it usually guides me through suggesting or requiring the
    correct dependencies.

    2. I would not use the ndiswrapper approach myself unless I was reasonably
    sure Knoppix had no Linux driver. Broadcom, for example, is often a problem
    for many distros. Knoppix now has a b43 driver that works for many if not
    most Broadcom wifis.

    3. It would help if you would use lsusb and/or lspci to tell us what your
    wifi is.

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    @ AndyOpie150

    The latest ndiswrapper 1.58 is not available as a Debian package yet. But you can download the source from http://sourceforge.net/projects/ndiswrapper/files/. I had no issues when I tried it on Knoppix 7.0.5 CD with an Edimax 7811Un USB WLAN Adapter.

    Save the file ndiswrapper-1.58.tar.gz somewhere, e .g /home/knoppix and open an LXTerminal. Issue the commands
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    tar xzf /home/knoppix/ndiswrapper-1.58.tar.gz -C /home/knoppix
    cd /home/knoppix/ndiswrapper-1.58
    sudo make uninstall
    make
    sudo make install
    Read the man page of ndiswrapper.

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    I have a Linksys Wireless-G Notebook Adapter model WPC54G version 2.
    It's about ten years old.
    I havd the driver folder which contains all sorts of goodies including the LINDTS. INF file.

    Have been playing around with it a little. I didn't see ndiswrapper, or ndisgtk when I did a package search in synaptic.

    I'm going to see if what I have already will do the trick. This will also give me some idea of what new ndiswrapper 1.58 packages to download.

    When done I'll post a complete list of the new 1.58 as well as the old 1.57 that are required to get older wireless cards to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyOpie150 View Post
    I didn't see ndiswrapper, or ndisgtk when I did a package search in synaptic.
    Here's what I find.
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    I have version 7.0.5 on a CD that I use just to install to flash drive. I'm doing this so all mistakes are easy to rectify.
    Every time I put in ndiswrapper or ndisgtk in the synaptic search it comes up blank.

    I noticed in one of your other threads you mentioned you have installed Knoppix to a flash drive as well.
    The question is why isn't it showing up in my flash drive install.

    Have downloaded ndiswrapper 1.58 as suggested, wil play around with it.

    I will start a new thread if I run into problems (To keep from derailing thread), results here if positive.

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    @AndyOpie150

    Here's the problem. You need to have ndiswrapper working in your Knoppix.
    Ndiswrapper is available to the CD version of Knoppix via Synaptic IF
    you already have an internet connection to bring it in. It is, as you
    know, not already in the CD version of Synaptic.

    One solution would be to connect via a direct ethernet connection to
    bring in ndiswrapper and install it.

    Another would be to buy or borrow a usb wifi to use temporarily, to
    load it in to Synaptic. This, assuming such a wifi that Knoppix already
    sets up automatically with a Linux driver.

    Another would be to obtain the ndiswrapper file either via e-mail or
    download or on some portable medium. I don't think it will matter
    whether it's 1-57-1 or the latest version.

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    Tried the ndiswrapper 1.57.
    Everything installs great, until i try to install the ndiswrapper-dkms.

    I get an error 10 when it tries to create ndiswrapper module.

    Just now got done with setting up ndiswrapper on new install of Xubntu to hard drive (had to do something to take brain off of ndiswrapper in Knoppix, but keep it in the game). I'm on that distro now. Not one single error when installing all 7 packages needed. No error installing LSTINDS.INF either. Connected right up to my phones wireless signal.

    I'm going to try the ndiswrapper 1.58 tomorrow. Need to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyOpie150 View Post
    . Connected right up to my phones wireless signal.
    Sounds like you've done it.
    ndiswrapper-dkms is source material;
    if you aren't compiling your own kernel module, you don't need it.

    It may be that the dkms material is more suited to another kernel than that
    which is in Knoppix.

    Are you on-line and surfing?

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