Ndiswrapper Freezes and Makes Other Things Freeze

claydoh at claydoh.com claydoh at claydoh.com
Thu Sep 2 21:55:23 BST 2010

> On 02/09/10 02:01, kubuntu-users-request at lists.ubuntu.com wrote:
>> Hi, everyone.
>> ?
>> I like to read random stuff on this list, but I hardly ever post.
>> ?
>> Now, I have a problem.
>> ?
>> When I try to install a wireless network driver, the system freezes.
>> ?
>> When I open a Konsole window and type "ndiswrapper -l", the Konsole
>> freezes like
>> the command is doing something, but hours pass and nothing happens. ?The
>> same
>> goes for "lsusb" and "modprobe -r ndiswrapper". ?I installed a thing
>> called
>> ndisgtk, and it freezes as soon as I start it up.
>> ?
>> I have a dual-boot system, with 64-bit Windows 7 and 64-bit Kubuntu
>> 10.04, and
>> everything was fine when I had a wired Internet connection, but now I'm
>> using a
>> wireless connection that's in another room. ?I bought a D-Link DWA 130
>> for that
>> purpose, because I remembered somewhere that D-Link adapters play well
>> with
>> Linux.
>> ?
>> In Windows, it works fine. ?In Kubuntu, my system doesn't seem to even
>> recognize
>> what a wireless network is.
>> ?
>> I followed some instructions and installed everything related to
>> wireless
>> networking and I copied over some files and installed one with
>> Ndiswrapper. ?Not
>> only did it not help, but I think I'm actually worse off than when I
>> started.
>> ?
>> Any advice would be appreciated.
>> ?
>> Thank you.
>> ?
>> ?
>> ~~
> Hmm, I think you're attempting to crack a walnut with a sledge hammer.
> I am running Lucid on a 64amd, using a 'D-link airplus D DWL-G122
> wireless USB'.
> All I did was check on D-link's site for a linux compatible jobbie and
> bought it,
> ran KNetworkManager, answered its questions re network name, ip,
> security, etc
> and away it went.
> If I wrer in your shoes I  would  ditch all your self-installed
> ndiswrapper
> and any other stuff you have installed. And then:
> 1. check that your wi-fi hardware is linux compatible on the D-Link
> site, it should
> be, but get one that is if it's not.
> 2. run KNetworkManager,  it's pretty straight-forward - ho ho.
> And if this didn't work I would back up my home directory and re-install
> the system!

Please don't do this, it may not be necessary (and is using that
proverbial sledgehammer)

>   KNetworkManager will already be installed and the 1st boot will
> install the wi-fi
> driver when your wi-fi hardware is detected.
>   This computer I'm emailing you on has never had an ethernet cable
> plugged into it,
> only ever had wireless internet which worked 1st time.
> brian

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