Fedora Linux, ndiswrapper and Netgear WNA3100

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by Brownout, May 15, 2014.

  1. Brownout

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    On second thought, I'm not ready to even ask this question yet. Please delete.
     
  2. joeyd999

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    It's hard for me to ignore this.

    Is there still WiFi hardware that requires NDISWrapper? Pretty much everything I try these days works with the stock kernel drivers.
     
  3. Brownout

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    Yes, mine needs it. Go figure.
     
  4. Brownout

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    I'm running V16. Maybe updating to V21 may work. I'll give that a try soon.
     
  5. joeyd999

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    It's possible you only need a firmware cutter/installer. This is the case with some Broadcom adapters. Under Debian, the package is called b43-fwcutter, I think. I haven't used Redhat in a looooong time, so I don't know what their comparable package is.
     
  6. Brownout

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    I've used Linux for years, but someone else always set them up. And so, I'm setting up my first system. I don't know what firmware cutter/installer is, but I'll get together with google later and find out.
     
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  8. nsaspook

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    I've given up on such kludges and used gear from people who will let others write proper drivers for Linux.

    http://www.linux-hardware-guide.com/category/network
     
  9. Brownout

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    OK, so I put this on hold and decided to get the wired network working, since it seems I need to be connected to do updates and such, or at lease I should be connected. So, I ran cable to the back of the house, where my 'new' lab is. However, it appears I don't have drivers for my network device (Atheros Communications Device 1091.) So, I'm back where I started. I've looked for solutions. There seems to be different ways to go about this, but I think I need a network for some of the solutions. For example, do I not need to be connected to do the following:

    ???

    And I think I might need to run make on the deivers, or kernel (or both) And there is something about "alx" which I guess is a generic driver for Ethernet?

    Is there a simple procedure that works? I want to pursue Linux as a development system because I believe it makes drivers easier, that is if I ever get it working.
     
  10. Brownout

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    HI Bertus,

    I finally followed these links. Maybe its what I need. Looks like I can use Carl's drivers or ndis wrapper along with the factory windows drivers ( if I understand everything correctly ) I'll get back to this once I get wired networks working.

    My issue so far is either I follow procedures I don't understand, or else I wait until I read hundreds of pages of Linux manuals so I can understand what I'm trying to do. I'm more is an electronics guy than a computer guy, but I'm making the transition.
     
  11. joeyd999

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    Yes. An internet connection is required to perform updates and such (including installing ndiswrapper if necessary).

    I like to do a new installation *near* the hardwired source. I can always move the box later. Just sayin'...

    Wow. This is the first time I've seen a wired NIC that doesn't have native support. You have some weird hardware! I found this thread:

    Link

    Here is a pertinent post:

    What fedora and kernel version are you using? Without connectivity, you may be relegated to burning a newer install image onto a cd/flash drive and reinstalling fedora. Or, you could just get another NIC.

    Quite possibly, yes. But consider it a learning experience :)

    You'll need the network for anything that doesn't already come preinstalled in the original image.

    Yes, but you'd need to get the source packages and the build tools. I suppose you could use "sneaker net", but it'd be easier and quicker just to reinstall. It is relatively rare these days to have to "make" a driver. I've not needed to do it for years!

    Take this experience and keep it in your pocket. You'll find it useful in the future.
     
  12. Brownout

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    It's just a common GigaByte GA-78LMT-S2P purchased at CompUSA. I'm trying to use the device on the MB, and not a card. Nothing at all special about it. Next thing to try is to update the OS using a thumb drive. I don't know just yet how to do that. I tried using a CD but was unsuccessful. I think the OS didn't fit within the 700MB of the CD.
     
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    UNetbootin is what I typically use to make a live USB version of a Linux OS, which will allow you to run the OS from the USB drive, or install it into the computer.
     
  15. Brownout

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    If Debian has ALX, then my device should be supported....
     
  16. nsaspook

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    My personal choice for a rock solid production server is Debian. The 'stable' release is a little behind the latest and greatest (which is great for mission-critical machines) while 'testing' usually is very current. I mainly run 'unstable' on coding machines to have the latest versions of everything. Debian 'unstable' is actually much more stable than most other distros main releases.
     
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    I'm in the process of trying this. Report upcoming.
     
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    A modicum of success. Using Unetbootin was a bust. I was able to create a live bootable flash drive that worked perfectly on my laptop, but caused errors when I tried it with my MB. Then, I tried liveUSB Creator. That was also a bust. There are some MB's which just will not boot from a flash drive no matter what you do. (I tried a lot of other things which I won't go into here)

    So, I went back to the DVD method, and after more abject failure, I decided my DVD disk was damaged, either from the manufacturer or from my efforts to make a Fedora disk. So, off to the store for a new pack. Finally, I was able to make and install a Fedora v20 live DVD. Whew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So anyway, the wired network is finally working, and I'm happy to leave it at that. I don't intend to move the system, so wired is fine. My Netgear wireless dongle is happily connecting my old Windows desktop now.

    So, bottom line is, now I can download any programs I need in the future for the Linux system. Will be much better than downloading, copying, sneaking, uploading, installing... etc... etc... etc......
     
  19. nsaspook

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    Sweet! It's time to download something like Netbeans 8 and get coding.
     
  20. tjohnson

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    Sorry for reviving an old thread, but...

    @Brownout: Did you ever get your wireless USB adapter to work in Linux? I'm wondering because I have the exact same model (Netgear WNA3100) and would like to set it up with Fedora 22, but don't know how to do it.
     
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