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Re: ndiswrapper, wireless driver and 64 bit kernel

Christoph Nenning wrote:

Am Samstag, 1. April 2006 20:40 schrieb Freddy Freeloader:
Freddy Freeloader wrote:
Hi All

I'm running a combination of etch and sid on an HP Pavilion dv8000z
that runs the AMD Turion.  I'm running 32 bit Debian with the 64 bit
kernel that is released with sarge, etch, and sid.

I've been trying to get my wireless going and having problems getting
it up and running. The laptop has the Broadcom wireless card and lspci
reports it as a bcm4318. I ran ndiswrapper and it ran successfully.
ndiswrapper -l lists the driver and says the driver and hardware are
present.  However when I went to run modprobe ndiswrapper it reported
a fatal error: Module not found.

I located ndiswrapper.ko (It was with the 2.6.8-2 module that etch and
sid both install as the ndiswrapper module), and added the directory
to the PATH. Now when I run modprobe I'm getting the "invalid module
format" error.

I'm having trouble figuring out exactly what is causing the problem.
Is it because the ndiswrapper is from a different kernel, or does this
error have anything to do with possible differences in compilers? How
do I figure out which is the problem? I am not running a custom kernel
other than it's a 64 bit kernel, rather than a 32 bit kernel.
As a further update:

I tried using module-assistant to install ndiswrapper from source today
and it failed.   It says it can't find any source for the kernel.

uname -a says the kernel is 2.6.15-1-486.  That seems like a pretty
strange naming convention for a 64 bit kernel but that's what it reports.


as far as I know you need 64-Bit Windows drivers to work with ndiswrapper on a 64-Bit kernel. Maybe this is your problem.




I didn't see your reply until today. This is now working, and it was a bug in ndiswrapper. It has been fixed in the current ndiswrapper-source package in Sid (1.16). It now compiles and the Windows drivers that come with the machine work. As far as I know they are 32 bit drivers as the Windows folder on the XP home install that came with the system has a system32 subdirectory. I see no reference to that OEM install being a 64 bit install.

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