I'm trying to get a Netgear A6200 wireless card working through USB and I'm getting an error I don't understand. I'm using 14.04 64-bit. I've scoured the net trying to find stuff, and there's duplicate questions on the net. Here's what I've done.

I used bcmwlhigh6.inf as the driver. ndiswrapper would give me driver errors. I saw a suggestion that someone use bcmwlhigh5.inf and I've tried that. When I add the driver and then modprobe ndiswrapper, I get the following error that I don't understand when I dmesg | grep ndis.

[ 583.976609] ndiswrapper (mp_init:211): couldn't initialize device: C0000001
[ 583.976618] ndiswrapper (pnp_start_device:395): Windows driver couldn't initialize the device (C0000001)
[ 583.976627] ndiswrapper (mp_halt:254): device ffff880813a3e880 is not initialized - not halting
[ 583.976630] ndiswrapper: device eth%d removed [ 583.976786] ndiswrapper: probe of 2-1.4:1.0 failed with error -22

To me it seems to like the driver that I used, however it claims there is something wrong w/ the device.

If anyone can offer some suggestions on how to troubleshoot this, I would greatly appreciate it.


  • are you using the inf from windows XP? if not, use the XP version instead. – mchid Dec 3 '14 at 4:21
  • also, you need to use sudo modprobe ndiswrapper; if you don't use sudo you will not have the permission to enable the module. – mchid Dec 3 '14 at 4:23
  • In the INF file, there is a reference to XP as well as a bunch of others. Also, I did sudo the modprobe command. – mj_ Dec 3 '14 at 14:45

Okay, this took me long enough but I figured it out.

For the A6200 I downloaded the drivers directly from the NETGEAR site. There were other sites where people zipped up the necessary files themselves and I was having trouble with them.

1) I used wine to open and install the drivers and it hanged midway through the process. I killed it.

2) I navigated to /home/user/.wine/drive_c/program files (x86)/netgear/a6200/drivers. In there was bcmwlhigh5.inf.

3) I installed the driver via ndisgtk (sudo ndisgtk). I think I had to modprobe ndiswrapper but I can't tell if that helped. At any rate, I saw a blue light blink on the device which promptly went out.

Using iwconfig however showed that the device was detected. Through the network manager I typed in the security code of my network and I got in.

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