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ndiswrapper not working in PHATSlacko-5.5.02
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B.K. Johnson

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PostPosted: Wed 28 May 2014, 14:28    Post subject:  ndiswrapper not working in PHATSlacko-5.5.02  

PHATSlacko does not have the driver for my wi-fi adapter. The driver is on my XP machine, the same one whose USB port I launch PHATSlacko from. I can connect to the Internet with the adapter from XP using the specified driver. On the puppy side (PHATSlacko), when I try to use ndiswrapper to install the driver, I get this:
followed by this error message.

At the command line, ndiswrapper -l and modprobe ndiswrapper give these results:
# ndiswrapper -l
bcmwlhigh5 : driver installed
    device (0846:9020) present

# modprobe ndiswrapper
FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.

I confirm the driver is installed in /etc/ndiswrapper/.

A search for ndiswrapper returned this list:

I don't know enough to check out these files, so I hop over to the PPM. Of course, I can't update the database. Neither Internet or Network return ndiswrapper when selected. When I opt to search, the search window informs that there is one uninstalled version - version 1.5 for wary-5.

But the PPM main window also shows that version 1.57 is already installed.

So it is installed but not.working. I need to get a valid version and re-install.

Slacko versions 5.5, 5.6 and 5.7 have ndiswrapper installed OOTB and with some reservation (more on that another time) I connect with the driver set up with ndiswrapper. The Slacko-5.7/PPM lists ndiswrapper-1.57 as installed but ndiswrapper-v at the terminal shows the installed version as 1.59.

My problem is, how do I get a working ndiswrapper (1.57 or 1.59) for PHATSlacko when:
(a) I can't use PHATSlacko to connect and download the pet from PPM.
(b) accessing the PPM via Slacko-5.6 and 5.7 will only result in the existing files being overwritten.
(c) there does not appear to be a ndiswrapper-1.57 or 1.59 pet anywhere; not at the standard repositories:


and the most current I could find when googling was 1.46.

I have made a request in the drivers forum for a replacement ndiswrapper 1.57. This post is for forum members like 01micko and mavrothal et al who may spot some problem.

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