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Updating kernel and ndiswrapper June 3, 2006

Posted by maxmil in : Debian,Networking , trackback

I updated my kernel on Debian Sarge from 2.4.27 to 2.6.8-3. The first problem that i found was that my wireless interface wlan0 was no longer present.

When i issued the command ndiswrapper -l it told me that both my hardware and the driver were present. The problem was that the ndiswrapper module was not being loaded in my new kernel.

The solution to this was easy thanks to apt.

apt-get install ndiswrapper-modules-2.6.8-3-386

I also installed all the dependent packages (ndiswrapper-utils)

And then load the module

modprobe ndiswrapper

Now everything works as before


1. chris - March 15, 2007

What was the process of configuring ndiswrapper on Sarge? Did you have to install kernel headers and compile or any other acrobatics?


2. maxmil - March 16, 2007

Whether or not you need to recompile the kernel depends on whether your kernel is a standard debian sarge kernel or if you’ve compiled and installed a custom kernel.

In the first case you just have to download the kernel image and a precompiled module for ndiswrapper that is available in the main sarge repository. See instructions here http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/mediawiki/index.php/DebianNoCompiles

In the second case you will need to compile the module with your kernel. See instructions here http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/mediawiki/index.php/InstallDebianSarge

3. chris - March 24, 2007

I’m in the process of installing Debian right now, after remapping my HDD with MHDD.

4. chris - March 25, 2007

The ndiswrapper installation went perfectly. I got wlan0 up and functional. My next project is to get my PCMCIA CDrom working. This is on a Thinkpad 560 with a CARDport CNF 10x cdrom. I have the windows drivers…. but LSPCI does not show the card when inserted. What are my next steps??? thanks as this is off topic.