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    Unhappy Wireless USB N300 Netgear install

    Hi all. I'm quite new to Ubuntu and have been running it off the memory stick trial for a while around a windows crash. It's great and I have been getting used to some programs such as Wine and some use of ndiswrapper.
    Unfortunately, my laptops wireless card is incompatible with Linux (typical ) and so I've purchased a wireless Usb device by Netgear (N300) in the hope that if this works I can install fully.

    I followed the instructions on a previous thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=885520

    and installed the drivers recommended. All it says however is that the hardware is not present. Am I missing a step somewhere? or is there an issue with running it off the memory stick (the only reason I haven't yet installed is the wireless issue).

    Any help would be most appreciated, and am happy to post screenshots/terminal results that will help.

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    Re: Wireless USB N300 Netgear install

    my laptops wireless card is incompatible with Linux
    Are you quite sure? How about letting an old timer have a look at a terminal command:
    Code:
    lspci -nn
    Feel free to strip away everything that is not your wireless device; if in doubt, post it all.
    I've purchased a wireless Usb device by Netgear (N300)
    There are several models that have the N300 designation, according to Google. Please let us see:
    Code:
    lsusb
    ndiswrapper -l
    it says however is that the hardware is not present.
    That often, not always, means you have installed the Windows .inf for the wrong device.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Wireless USB N300 Netgear install

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ lspci -nn
    09:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller [11ab:4354] (rev 12)
    0b:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
    I had previously checked whether it would work against a list of drivers using the instructions on

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...CardsSupported

    The wireless card it came out with was a Dell wireless 1395 (Laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1525) which is in red on the chipset complete list.

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ lsusb
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0846:9020 NetGear, Inc.
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0781:5530 SanDisk Corp.
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ ndiswrapper -l
    arusb_xp : driver installed
    bcmwlhigh5 : driver installed
    Sorry about not being specific on the wireless USB, the box says: "Netgear N300 wireless Usb adapter, WNA3100" If that is any clearer.

    Thanks

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    Re: Wireless USB N300 Netgear install

    Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
    If you can carry the laptop over to the router and get an internet connection, please do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
    Remove the USB device, reboot and the built-in should be working.

    After that, we can fix up the Netgear, too, if you wish.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Wireless USB N300 Netgear install

    I typed that into the terminal but on the reboot the wireless settings still say Firmware missing and it was unable to detect the network.

    The code output was:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    dkms
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    bcmwl-kernel-source dkms
    0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 270 not upgraded.
    Need to get 71.3kB/967kB of archives.
    After this operation, 3,084kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/main dkms all 2.1.1.2-3ubuntu1.1 [71.3kB]
    Fetched 71.3kB in 18s (3,898B/s)
    Selecting previously deselected package dkms.
    (Reading database ... 129249 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking dkms (from .../dkms_2.1.1.2-3ubuntu1.1_all.deb) ...
    Selecting previously deselected package bcmwl-kernel-source.
    Unpacking bcmwl-kernel-source (from .../bcmwl-kernel-source_5.60.48.36+bdcom-0ubuntu5_i386.deb) ...
    Processing triggers for man-db ...
    Setting up dkms (2.1.1.2-3ubuntu1.1) ...
    Setting up bcmwl-kernel-source (5.60.48.36+bdcom-0ubuntu5) ...
    Loading new bcmwl-5.60.48.36+bdcom DKMS files...
    First Installation: checking all kernels...
    Building only for 2.6.35-22-generic
    Building for architecture i686
    Building initial module for 2.6.35-22-generic
    Done.

    wl.ko:
    Running module version sanity check.
    - Original module
    - No original module exists within this kernel
    - Installation
    - Installing to /lib/modules/2.6.35-22-generic/updates/dkms/

    depmod....

    DKMS: install Completed.
    update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated)
    cp: cannot stat `/vmlinuz': No such file or directory
    dpkg: error processing bcmwl-kernel-source (--configure):
    subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
    Processing triggers for initramfs-tools ...
    update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
    cp: cannot stat `/vmlinuz': No such file or directory
    dpkg: error processing initramfs-tools (--configure):
    subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    bcmwl-kernel-source
    initramfs-tools
    W: Duplicate sources.list entry http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/universe i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_maverick_universe_ binary-i386_Packages)
    W: Duplicate sources.list entry http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/universe i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_maverick-security_universe_binary-i386_Packages)
    W: Duplicate sources.list entry http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/universe i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_maverick-updates_universe_binary-i386_Packages)
    W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

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    Re: Wireless USB N300 Netgear install

    W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
    Let's do just that:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
    Any time a process ends in an error:
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    it will not magically yield success. We have to fix the error first.

    We're almost there!
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    Re: Wireless USB N300 Netgear install

    Looking for some help from the experts (chili) I am brand new to Linux, using Linux Mint 13 with the Cinnamon Desktop and enjoying my Linux experience thus far, but I am having issues with this device as well read through the blog, but thought i would start here with the list command

    hasina@hasina-HP-Z400-Workstation ~ $ ndiswrapper -l
    bcmwlhigh5 : invalid driver!

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    Re: Wireless USB N300 Netgear install

    Quote Originally Posted by bdukes11 View Post
    Looking for some help from the experts (chili) I am brand new to Linux, using Linux Mint 13 with the Cinnamon Desktop and enjoying my Linux experience thus far, but I am having issues with this device as well read through the blog, but thought i would start here with the list command

    hasina@hasina-HP-Z400-Workstation ~ $ ndiswrapper -l
    bcmwlhigh5 : invalid driver!
    Where did the driver come from? Please post:
    Code:
    lsusb
    Thanks.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Wireless USB N300 Netgear install

    Sorry for the late reply. Nearly 50, and I have never been more than an end user, Mac OS at home, Windows at work. I love them, but Mac has just gotten too expensive and not big on Windows so Linux is entirely new to me. Took home two old machines with "wiped" hard drives and installed Linux Mint 64 bit on one and 32 bit on the other. I spent nearly 3 hours on the 64 bit machine zeroing in on posts 29 and 41 of this thread. No luck, so I gave up and we through the Cat 5 across the floor to the next room where the router is.
    I moved on to the older machine with 32 bit OS. (BTW the terminal can be dangerous for someone who does not know exactly what they are doing ) I left myself with a quite a mess after playing with terminal commands, but must admit it was a beneficial Linux learning experience. After several hours I am back to square one on this machine as well.

    shae@brian-HP-xw6400-Workstation ~ $ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 046d:c018 Logitech, Inc. Optical Wheel Mouse
    Bus 004 Device 003: ID 049f:0051 Compaq Computer Corp. KU-0133 Easy Access Interner Keyboard
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0846:9020 NetGear, Inc. WNA3100(v1) Wireless-N 300 [Broadcom BCM43231]
    shae@brian-HP-xw6400-Workstation ~ $ ndiswrapper -l
    arusb_xp : driver installed
    bcmwlhigh5 : driver installed
    shae@brian-HP-xw6400-Workstation ~ $

    Still no luck. When Wireless Network Drivers is opened, bcmwlhigh5 is shown but states "Device Not Detected"

    My daughter who's machine this will be wants to install Windows, but I'm not ready to give up just yet. Running a cable to this machine is not an option.

    I am even willing to buy another wireless adapter that works out of the box.

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    Re: Wireless USB N300 Netgear install

    0846:9020 NetGear, Inc. WNA3100(v1) Wireless-N 300 [Broadcom BCM43231]
    For your 32-bit machine, you need a 32-bit Windows XP .inf and .sys file that specifically mention your device vendor and product ids; in this case, 0846:9020. Failing that, ndiswrapper will assert it has properly installed a driver but doesn't see a corresponding device:
    When Wireless Network Drivers is opened, bcmwlhigh5 is shown but states "Device Not Detected"
    Let's start by erasing the incorrect drivers:
    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -e bcmwlhigh5
    I don't quite know what the other driver arusb_xp is for. If was another attempt to get your Netgear going, erase it, too.
    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -e arusb_xp
    I have been studying the intricacies of bcmwlhigh5 for so long that I have about every version made. Please try the file I'v attached. Download it to your desktop and right-click it and select Extract Here. Then open the terminal and do:
    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -i Desktop/wna3100-drivers/bcmwlhigh5.inf
    sudo ndiswrapper -l
    Now does it report the driver is installed AND the device is present? If so, please do:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    iwconfig
    Do you have a wireless interface? Can you connect?
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