ndiswrapper  -  Linux kernel module and user space tool to load and run
   Windows XP drivers for wireless cards




   ndiswrapper is two parts: user space  tool  that  is  used  to  install
   Windows  XP  drivers  and kernel module to load the Windows XP drivers.
   Both are called ndiswrapper.

ndiswrapper - tool

   The user space tool (/usr/sbin/ndiswrapper)  is  used  whenever  a  new
   Windows  XP driver is to be installed. This program takes the following


   -i <inf file>
          installs new Windows XP driver, where <inf file> is full path to
          INF file for that driver.

   -l     lists the currently installed drivers.

   -e <driver>
          removes an installed Windows XP driver named <driver>.

   -m     writes  an alias for wlan0 (default wireless device) into module
          configuration file so that ndiswrapper kernel module  is  loaded
          automatically when this interface is used.

ndiswrapper - kernel module

   The kernel module loads the installed Windows drivers and executes them
   so that the wireless cards can be used in Linux. The module  takes  the
   following options:


          The  default  basename  for the interface is wlan%d, so that the
          wireless cards will be configured as wlan0, wlan1,  ...  (%d  is
          replaced  with  lowest  available number). You may use any other
          basename or fixed name, such as eth%d, ndis2 etc.

          The module creates files in /proc/net/ndiswrapper  that  provide
          some  useful  information.  These files are created so that they
          can be read only by root by default. If some other user needs to
          access these files without having to login as root, then replace
          <uid> with the user ID of that user.

          The module creates files in /proc/net/ndiswrapper  that  provide
          some  useful  information.  These files are created so that they
          can be read only by people in root group by  default.  If  users
          from other groups need to access these files, then replace <gid>
          with the group ID of those users.

          ndiswrapper kernel module uses loadndisdriver user space tool to
          load  all the Windows drivers. This tool is not to be used under
          normal circumstances.  Only when ndiswrapper module  is  already
          loaded  and a new Windows XP driver is installed (by ndiswrapper
          user space tool) and you want the kernel  module  to  load  that
          driver  without having to unload the module that you need to use


   This manual  page  was  written  by  Giridhar  Pemmasani  <ndiswrapper-
   general@lists.sourceforge.net>, for the Debian project (but may be used
   by others).

                             June 25, 2004                  NDISWRAPPER(8)


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