I got the wireless working with ndiswrapper by downgrading the installed iso's kernel to the 18.104.22.168-pclos3.pae.bfs kernel. I picked this up from Timothy in his thread on ndiswrapper and the 3.2.18-pclos1.pae.bfs kernel:
While I did get my wireless working, this is not an optimum solution. Something has changed with the latest iso release that breaks ndiswrapper or something.
I added this on to a post in Laptop Hardware section, but realized it needs to be here in Networking:
I am getting the result when trying to use ndiswrapper, "Error: unable to find the ndiswrapper interface" when trying to configure a USB wireless stick. It is a Fry's Wireless N USB adapter which uses the netl8192su.inf windows driver.
I also tried this with a netgear pci card (wg311v2.inf) that I have used successfully in previous versions of PCLinuxOS.
On the netgear, I tried the suggestion Configure Network gave to use terminal as root to install. I got:
[root@localhost rbr]# ndiswrapper -i /home/wg311v2.inf
driver wg311v2 is already installed
I uninstalled ndiswrapper and re-installed thinking it's location may have changed since the 2009 version of the package which is currently listed. Still no luck.
I started PCC from a root terminal and selected Configure LAN. Selected Wireless, then selected use windows driver with ndiswrapper for wg311.
Terminal responded with:
ERROR: Module ndiswrapper does not exist in /proc/modules
FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found
I restarted using the 2012.02 LiveCD, Configured Wireless Network, selected use windows driver with ndiswrapper, it showed the driver I needed, and the USB wireless device started up!!
Something has changed since the 2012.02 release that has affected wireless network configuration.
Now I need help getting 2012.08 fully updated install to do the same.
Any ideas where to go from here?