NDISWrapper and Kensington Expert Mouse Driver -- Possible Solution?

Paul Bender pebender at san.rr.com
Wed Oct 3 18:51:00 PDT 2007

Donald Hellen wrote:
> I was reading my Ubuntu Linux Bible in the networking section since I 
> want to have my laptop and Desktop Ubuntu computers be able to share 
> files and printing across the network. I'm not there yet but before I 
> wiped the laptop drive clean of Windows, I got to the point where I 
> could print over the network through my desktop computer. I couldn't 
> share files, though, and no one could help me. But I'm running Linux on 
> both systems now, only one Windows laptop (my wife's) connected to the 
> home wireless network, and I can probably figure that out.
> What I came across was the subject of using NDISWrapper for using 
> Windows network car drivers with Linux. I think NDISWrapper was 
> originally used for other "Windows-friendly" hardware with no Linux 
> support to e able to be used in Linux.
> So my next thought was, can I use NDISWrapper to make the Kensington 
> Expert Mouse driver work in Linux, or will it hose the system since 
> there is already mouse support built into Linux and I'd have two 
> different drivers trying to do their thing?
> Is this do-able or a definite no-no? I don't want to hose the system and 
> make it difficult or impossible to fix.

NDIS = Network Driver Interface Specification.

I doubt something designed to work with the NDIS API would help with a 
mouse, but I could be wrong.

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