[EDIT: PLEASE MARK AS SOLVED]
This issue has been solved,
the problem is that one needs to find a ripped copy of the netgear driver installer CD (not an ISO, but a folder with the files lose in it.
Then navigate via the windows Wireless Drivers gui (or use the terminal) and find the .inf file.
The drivers that I downloaded from the netgear site
I am trying to install drivers for a netgear Wireless USB card, and am having problems using ndis / windows Wireless Drivers (linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon, doncha know?)
I dwnloaded the wiredless drivers from the netgear site and extracted them.
there are two .exe files and an html file. (WNDA3100v3-v220.127.116.11.exe and WNDA3100v3-v18.104.22.168-Standalone.exe )
The wireless drivers utility requires a .inf file, but there wasn't any .inf file when I extracted the zip archive that I downloaded from the netgear site.
What am I doing wrong?
Does that utility need wine to be installed (it doesn't seem to be installed by default on Linux mint).
Thanks in advance.
(I would ask directly on the Mint forum but it is down because of the hack...)