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    Netgear WNDA 3100 disappeared

    After following the instructions I installed the proper drivers and ndiswrapper program, etc., a month ago.

    But last night I updated to the latest distro and this broke my system: it can no longer detect my wireless USB adapter.

    The blue light works but there's no connexion between the system and the USB adapter. I've tried several different workin USB ports to no avail. When I type sudo ndiswrapper I get a fatal module. When I check the ndiswrapper program it says. I hardware is detected. I use the driver from netgear - bcmwlhigh5.inf

    Since this is a month old USB it can't be the adapter. Is there something I'm missing? Should I revert to older kernels and leave the more recent ones alone? 3.2.0-29-generic is the latest I have.

    I use Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    Netgear N600 wireless dual band USB adapter
    (WNDA3100)
    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Zammael; August 23rd, 2012 at 04:55 AM. Reason: Typo in title

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    Re: Netgear WNA 3100 disappeared

    More bad news: after trying to install windows drivers in the ndiswrapper, both the bcmn43xx32 that originally worked, and the bcmwlhigh5 driver that's originally from the Netgear zip file for USB WNDA3100, they both are now marked with a giant red X as "invalid driver!"

    Ay Caramba.

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    Re: Netgear WNA 3100 disappeared

    Update: I removed both .inf files and reinstalled the bcmwlhigh5.inf.
    The good news? Ndiswrapper says hardware is present.
    So I ran the terminal to confirm this with lsusb:
    Code:
    Bus 008 Device 003: ID 0846:9011 NetGear, Inc. WNDA3100v2 802.11abgn [Broadcom BCM4323]
    But that didn't solve the problem. Help?

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    Re: Netgear WNA 3100 disappeared

    I connected my desktop PC with an Ethernet cable for the nonce. Typing in the usual suspects spits out the following:

    Code:
    gendo@gendo-desktop:~$ iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth2      no wireless extensions.
    
    gendo@gendo-desktop:~$ lsusb
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 1532:0001 Razer USA, Ltd RZ01-020300 Optical Mouse [Diamondback]
    Bus 008 Device 003: ID 0846:9011 NetGear, Inc. WNDA3100v2 802.11abgn [Broadcom BCM4323]
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 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 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 009 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
    gendo@gendo-desktop:~$ lsusb
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 1532:0001 Razer USA, Ltd RZ01-020300 Optical Mouse [Diamondback]
    Bus 008 Device 003: ID 0846:9011 NetGear, Inc. WNDA3100v2 802.11abgn [Broadcom BCM4323]
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 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 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 009 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
    gendo@gendo-desktop:~$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    [sudo] password for gendo: 
    FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.
    gendo@gendo-desktop:~$ cd Desktop/wna3100-drivers
    gendo@gendo-desktop:~/Desktop/wna3100-drivers$ sudo modprobe -r ndiswrapper
    FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.
    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Netgear WNA 3100 disappeared

    [sudo] password for gendo:
    FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.
    Please try:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-dkms
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    Any improvement?
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Netgear WNA 3100 disappeared

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Please try:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-dkms
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    Any improvement?
    Hello Chili555

    I tried your suggestions and here are the results:

    Code:
    gendo@gendo-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-dkms
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    ndiswrapper-dkms is already the newest version.
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
      nvidia-settings-updates libllvm3.0
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    gendo@gendo-desktop:~$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.

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    Re: Netgear WNA 3100 disappeared

    Please try:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall ndiswrapper-common
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    I hope we don't have to go to sudo apt-get install big hammer.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Netgear WNA 3100 disappeared

    Reinstalled both common & utils 1.9....

    Alas, the results are the same, even including Big Hammer

    Code:
    gendo@gendo-desktop:~$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.
    gendo@gendo-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install big hammer
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package big
    E: Unable to locate package hammer
    gendo@gendo-desktop:~$

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    Re: Netgear WNA 3100 disappeared

    Update: I have both drivers installed in the ndiswrapper application - bcmn43xx64 and bcmwlhigh5 - and they both say "hardware present: yes"

    Where do I go from here?

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    Re: Netgear WNA 3100 disappeared

    Indeed! I am getting low on skill/mojo/ideas and, especially, patience with this long-standing bug. [/RANT]

    Ok, now that I have re-composed myself, let's try to reinstall dkms:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall ndiswrapper-dkms
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall dkms
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    **sigh**
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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