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Old 12-17-2011, 03:40 AM
Alex Liu
Default - FATAL: Error inserting ndiswrapper

On Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 1:10 PM, David C. Rankin
<drankinatty@suddenlinkmail.com> wrote:
> *I hope somebody can point me in the right direction. I have a small dell I
> moved into our TV console to use as a media center box. I installed a wireless
> usb adapter 'WNA3100(v1) Wireless-N 300 [Broadcom BCM43231]' to join the box to
> our wireless network. The box dual-boots and works fine under xp, so after
> reading https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Broadcom_wireless and not finding
> the model in the kernel driver, I decided to try ndiswrapper. I have run into an
> issue that I'm stuck on.

First, have you tried the generic broadcom-wl driver instead of
ndiswrapper? It causes some problems sometimes, but in my experience
it is pretty much the easiest way to get a Broadcom card working that
is not in the kernel.
You can install it from AUR or build it yourself after downloading the
source from broadcom (there's a link in the wiki). You might have to
blacklist b43 and/or ssb because those can cause conflicts with the wl
module sometimes.

However, I found some similar issue on Ubuntu, which was a version
conflict problem. There was some older version of ndiswrapper in
Ubuntu's packet manager which was not compatible with the kernel, so
the fix was to manually install a newer version. Might be a long shot,
but if nothing works, you might try to install ndiswrapper-1.57rc1
instead of 1.56 (the version in pacman). I'm not sure if the 1.57rc1
is in the testing repos, but you can get it from SourceForge if not.

Tell me if anything of this works for you.
Old 12-18-2011, 07:05 PM
"David C. Rankin"
Default - FATAL: Error inserting ndiswrapper

On 12/16/2011 10:40 PM, Alex Liu wrote:
> First, have you tried the generic broadcom-wl driver instead of
> ndiswrapper?

> Tell me if anything of this works for you.


Thanks, will do. The current xp drivers work fantastic, so I will try the
ndiswrapper avenue first. If I can get that going, then I think wpa_supplicant
should work fine for wpa authentication. Worse case, I have another wireless
router I could use as a repeater for the existing wireless and simply provide a
wired connection to the dell box from that:

-------- --------
--[net]-->|existing| >)) ((> |new |-- wired conn to dell -->
|wireless| |wireless|-- wired conn to TV -->
|router | |repeater|-- wired conn to bluray -->
-------- --------

I think the biggest issue right now is why ndiswrapper isn't working properly.

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.
Old 12-19-2011, 03:34 AM
C Anthony Risinger
Default - FATAL: Error inserting ndiswrapper

On Sun, Dec 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM, David C. Rankin
<drankinatty@suddenlinkmail.com> wrote:
> *I think the biggest issue right now is why ndiswrapper isn't working properly.

this isn't a direct solution, but as i spent a great deal of time
recently-ish finding good (USB) wifi chips to use as APs and as a
client stations, it may be useful. if your still having issues, or
just want to ditch the trouble, i've used about 7-9 Atheros chips
recently and all have been rock solid. i'm using this one as we
"speak" (AP):

(TP-LINK TL-WN822N High Gain [300Mbps])

... and this one (client):

(TP-LINK TL-WN722N High Gain [150Mbps])

... each purchased at ~$12USD (on sale). i bought the 822 to replace
the 722, but both are good quality, and both are capable of
AP/client/etc (ath9k_htc module) ... depending on how valuable your
time is, could be worth the price ... definitely was for me :-)

^^^^^^ what i did with mine (pic shows 722, but 822 in use now :-)


C Anthony

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