Question Windows Error after installing Acer USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget Driver

Cj-tech

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I have a Raspberry Pi Zero configured to allow SSH over USB. By default, Windows recognized it as a Serial COM3 device. I can’t SSH to the Serial COM3 device using Putty, so I installed a driver.

In Windows Update, the Acer Incorporated Driver USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget Driver is listed under Optional Updates. Whenever I install it, it sets the driver to the Raspberry Pi device; however, in Network and Sharing Center, it is disabled. Then after a few minutes of trying to enable the device, I get a blue screen with an error. I am then forced to restore from my saved restore point.

I need this (or a similar) driver to be able to connect to the Pi because it doesn’t have internet or Bluetooth built in. Any ideas?

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Edit: The exact driver name is Acer Incorporated. - Other hardware - USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget
 
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Lutfij

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Did you follow through the steps in this article/guide? I got there after reading this. You should see an option to download drivers for the Pi device and you're advised to manually install the drivers from Device Manager, not tell the OS to source drivers it thinks is right for your system. The issue with Windows 10 is that if it doesn't like the environment it's in, it gives a BSOD. I hope you don't have to reinstall the OS, at this point.
 

Cj-tech

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Did you follow through the steps in this article/guide? I got there after reading this. You should see an option to download drivers for the Pi device and you're advised to manually install the drivers from Device Manager, not tell the OS to source drivers it thinks is right for your system. The issue with Windows 10 is that if it doesn't like the environment it's in, it gives a BSOD. I hope you don't have to reinstall the OS, at this point.
I already reinstalled the OS yesterday, but after that I setup a restore point. I never saw that guide in Google search results and followed this one (which didn't work).

I just followed that guide and literally as soon as I installed the driver it referenced, I got the BSOD with the error again. Time to restore W10 again.

Edit: Did you want me to install the driver referenced in the guide or the one in the forum?
Below you'll find a new link to the RNDIS driver, since the one mentioned by sarathkumar341(or actually the one in the article he links) IS DEAD

https://modclouddownloadprod.blob.core. ... indows.zip
New link comes from here:
https://wiki.moddevices.com/wiki/Troubl ... onnection
Thanks sarathkumar341, RNDIS driver problems explain A LOT that I was struggling with on my Windows PC connecting with RPi
 
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Cj-tech

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I already reinstalled the OS yesterday, but after that I setup a restore point. I never saw that guide in Google search results and followed this one (which didn't work).

I just followed that guide and literally as soon as I installed the driver it referenced, I got the BSOD with the error again. Time to restore W10 again.

Edit: Did you want me to install the driver referenced in the guide or the one in the forum?
Below you'll find a new link to the RNDIS driver, since the one mentioned by sarathkumar341(or actually the one in the article he links) IS DEAD

https://modclouddownloadprod.blob.core. ... indows.zip
New link comes from here:
https://wiki.moddevices.com/wiki/Troubl ... onnection
Thanks sarathkumar341, RNDIS driver problems explain A LOT that I was struggling with on my Windows PC connecting with RPi
Neither of those two drivers worked. Both forces a blue screen and system restore. Any other ideas?
 

Cj-tech

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You say, the driver reads "Acer", and you're setting up Raspberry, which for sure is not manufactured by Acer. Don't install this driver. Enable WiFi on your RPi, and use COM3 to configure it, then SSH over WiFi,
I have tried to SSH over the Serial COM3 port, which I said didn’t work in my original post. Putty cannot find the device to connect to and gives an error. Wi-Fi can’t be enabled on a device without Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters (i.e. the Raspberry Pi Zero v1.3). I probably should have mentioned it was the v1.3 Pi Zero in the main post.

The main goal is to have Windows 10 share it’s internet connection to the Raspberry Pi Zero v1.3 (since it doesn’t have wireless adapters). If anyone knows of any software that can allow that, I am open to suggestions.
 

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