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    Post WNA3100 Support

    *hyperlinks are inserted into the word guide*
    I recently followed this guide to install a netgear WNA3100 (v1) USB wireless adapter. The only step I didnt use was the first one were I am supposed to mod a file, instead I compiled NDISWRAPPER 1.57 (according to the guide the 1.57 version doesnt require modding). I compiled it with the following steps:
    extracted in terminal
    cd /home/user/Desktop/ndiswrapper-1.57
    sudo make uninstall
    sudo make
    sudo make install

    after that I typed in NDISWRAPPER and got the standard command list so I ASSUMED that it had installed correctly.
    Then I followed the guide up until ndiswrapper -l. I typed this in and it only showed the driver, not any hardware (in this case my WNA3100) that was supposed to be coupled with it. So I entered the command:
    ndiswrapper -a 0846:9020 bcmwlhigh5
    no errors. clicked on the little wireless thing in the top right corner and nothing. typed in IWCONFIG and both eth0 and link0 showed up with NO hardware, even though I have ethernet on the motherboard and I also have the WNA3100. When I type in lsusb the WNA3100 shows up. So a little while after browsing the web I ran into this guide. I read through it and decided to blacklist all of the free drivers (step 3). That didnt work either. This is the output from ndiswrapper -l
    WARNING: All config files need .conf /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist, it will be ignored in a future release
    bcmwlhigh5: driver install
    device (0846:9020) present

    My build is custom:
    Rosewill thor case
    fx 8120
    gigabyte 990fxa-ud3
    gtx 550 ti (have to use nouveau.nomodeset=0 when booting up)
    8 gigabytes of PNY RAM
    600W PSU
    PS/2 connected vaio keyboard
    Dynex USB mouse
    Speakers
    Envision display
    Netgear WNA3100 v1 USB adapter
    but the WNA3100 DOESNT work, am I missing something?
    Last edited by cybpabeofm; March 25th, 2012 at 09:30 PM. Reason: incomplete information

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    Re: WNA3100 Support

    Then I followed the guide up until ndiswrapper -l. I typed this in and it only showed the driver, not any hardware
    That suggests the .inf is incorrect for your device. Here is a better package that might work better.

    I'd remove the current .inf:
    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -e bcmwlhigh5
    Wipe out all the vestiges of the old incorrect .inf:
    Code:
    sudo rm -rf /etc/ndiswrapper/*
    Download this file to your desktop and then right-click it and select Extract Here. Now do:
    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -i Desktop/wna3100-drivers/bcmwlhigh5.inf
    ndiswrapper -l
    iwconfig
    Any improvement?
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    Re: WNA3100 Support

    Note to searchers: You can actually read the .inf file to see if it drives your device and that it's an XP file:
    ;-----------------------------------------------------------------
    ; x86 - Win9x, Win2K, WinXP
    ;
    [BROADCOM]
    %BCM430ND_DeviceDesc% = BCM43XNMD, USB\VID_0846&PID_9020

    ;-----------------------------------------------------------------
    If it isn't, keep looking.
    Last edited by chili555; March 25th, 2012 at 10:02 PM.
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    Smile Re: WNA3100 Support

    Thank you!!

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    Re: WNA3100 Support

    When I type in ndiswrapper -l it'll show that the device is in fact present, but iwconfig says the exact opposite. It appears to me as if one clearly recognizes the adapter and the other doesnt, when I click on the wireless icon in the top right it shows no sign of the adapter. I am thoroughly puzzled :/

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    Re: WNA3100 Support

    What does this tell us?
    Code:
    dmesg | grep ndis
    The pipe symbol | is on the right side of my US keyboard on the same key with \. Thanks.
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    Re: WNA3100 Support

    user@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:~$ sudo su

    [sudo] password for user:

    root@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:/home/user# dmesg | grep ndis
    root@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:/home/user# dmesg | grep ndis
    root@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:/home/user# dmesg | grep ndis
    root@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:/home/user# dmesg | grep ndis
    root@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:/home/user# dmesg | grep ndis
    root@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:/home/user# dmesg | grep ndis
    root@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:/home/user# exit
    exit
    user@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:~$ dmesg | grep ndis
    user@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:~$


    I would just type it in the it would display what account I was logged in under, under both sudo and normal powers.?

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    Re: WNA3100 Support

    The command:
    Code:
    dmesg | grep ndis
    ...should tell us if there are any kernel messages with 'ndis' in the name. Obviously, so far, there isn't. It does no good to repeat this or any command repeatedly. Let's try again:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    iwconfig
    dmesg | grep ndis
    Just once, please, as a normal user.
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    Re: WNA3100 Support

    user@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:~$ sudo su
    [sudo] password for user:
    root@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:/home/user# modprobe ndiswrapper
    WARNING: All config files need .conf: /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist, it will be ignored in a future release.
    root@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:/home/user# iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID: off/any
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Bit Rate:300 Mb/s Tx-Power:32 dBm
    RTS thr:2347 B Fragment thr:2346 B
    Encryption key: off
    Power Management: off
    Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

    root@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:/home/user# dmesg | grep ndis
    [ 53.775324] ndiswrapper version 1.56 loaded (smp=yes, preempt=no)
    [ 54.083882] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: ntoskrnl.exe:'IoUnregisterPlugPlayNotification'
    [ 54.084039] ndiswrapper: driver bcmwlhigh5 (Netgear,11/05/2009, 5.60.180.11) loaded
    [ 54.678001] usbcore: registered new interface driver ndiswrapper



    That is the output from the commands you gave me. Now I do have networking but I cant connect to my WPA2 AES encrypted network, I checked to make sure that I used the right password (5x), and reset my modem, and rebooted 2x. However, I still cannot connect, but I am very glad I have your technical expertise.

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    Re: WNA3100 Support

    My bad I did it as a normal user, but, I am still not able to connect to my WPA2 AES encrypted network. These are the outputs for the commands you gave me:




    user@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:~$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    [sudo] password for user:
    WARNING: All config files need .conf: /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist, it will be ignored in a future release.
    user@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID: off/any
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Bit Rate:300 Mb/s Tx-Power:32 dBm
    RTS thr:2347 B Fragment thr:2346 B
    Power Management: off
    Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

    user@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:~$ dmesg | grep ndis
    [ 50.175952] ndiswrapper version 1.56 loaded (smp=yes, preempt=no)
    [ 50.476206] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: ntoskrnl.exe:'IoUnregisterPlugPlayNotification'
    [ 50.476337] ndiswrapper: driver bcmwlhigh5 (Netgear,11/05/2009, 5.60.180.11) loaded
    [ 51.069873] usbcore: registered new interface driver ndiswrapper
    user@user-GA-990FXA-UD3:~$

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