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ok...I've toyed off and on with Linux over the years, but am pretty much a noob with it, so go easy, speak slowly, and I'll prob need everything spelled out (esp any commands) .

so I ended up with some spare parts and I thought I'd piece together an HTPC with a KDE flavor of Mint (14) instead of hooking up my laptop everytime I wanna watch something on the TV.

Primary uses will be XBMC with a bit of Steam thrown in for some casual gaming. and the usual web browsing

hardware is as follows:

ASUS 785 something or other Mobo
Phenom II 955 CPU
2x1gb Adata 1333 ram
HD5670 GPU
Wifi USB netgear WNA3100

stupid HP OEM case I had laying around and a random 400w PSU I use for testing/bkup

install and all that went fine until I try and install wifi drivers

Ive got a Netgear wna3100 usb wifi card.

I've got the INF file needed (I think) and I'm using the GUI version of ndiswrapper I select the INF and tell it to install and it says:
Code:
"module could not be loaded Error was FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found. is the ndiswrapper module installed?"

I press ok and it says "Hardware present: yes"

but the wireless network slot in networking is grayed out I've restarted, tried 4-5 diff INF files, 32 bit 64 bit, I've tried manually updating ndiswrapper nothing works.

I've been at this for 2 days now and all my googleing keeps coming up with the same thing I've already tried

so anyone know anything more that might help?

BTW Mint is 64bit version (in case I decided to pick up more ram)
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Did you try this?
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=197&t=92044
Looks like it's a details walk through. But it also looks like you would be better off getting a different adapter.
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Did you try this?
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=197&t=92044
Looks like it's a details walk through. But it also looks like you would be better off getting a different adapter.

yup already tried...like I said it was just a spare parts build.

dont know if I can talk the wife into me shelling out $20 for another adapter
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ndiswrapper module isn't building or loading into the kernel, sounds like dev packages aren't installed but if you followed that tut they should be. did you try ndiswrapper-dkms?
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ndiswrapper module isn't building or loading into the kernel, sounds like dev packages aren't installed but if you followed that tut they should be. did you try ndiswrapper-dkms?

Yup said it installed fine... that was the 2nd thing I tried.
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yup already tried...like I said it was just a spare parts build.

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This is your best choice. Just make sure the chipset is linux compatible.
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This is your best choice. Just make sure the chipset is linux compatible.

sigh...well The NAS just crapped out tonight looks like I'll have to redo that too...I might just throw the main HDD from the NAS in the MINT box and run a cable.

Mint can read UFS files system right?
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You will need to install ufsutils, but yes it will
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if you have problems after ndiswrapper-dkms download the source, build it and see what the errors are. Chances are, those errors are why you are having problems. You can also try module-assistant

sudo apt-get install module-assistant

sudo m-a preprare
sudo m-a a-i ndiswrapper

it'll tell you all errors, get it to work that way and it will be fine
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It will read ufs, but unless somethings changed it can't write to ufs (could be wrong)
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