I'm not 100% sure where to start - It's been kind of hit and miss. I used ndiswrapper on a windows xp driver to get this as far as I have - on the suggestion of another site I added the following line ...
to the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist file
I hope some of this below helps...
user@laptop:~$ sudo lsusb
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0bda:8189 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
user@laptop:~$ sudo iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.432 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power:20 dBm Sensitivity=0/3
RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr=2346 B
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
user@laptop:~$ sudo iwconfig eth0 essid virus
Error for wireless request "Set ESSID" (8B1A) :
SET failed on device eth0 ; Operation not supported.
The problem is that it appears to be seeing my network but I can't connect to it. I have a Netgear AP (Not real old) and I have it set for WEP 128 - Mix - Even tried it w/o WEP just to see if that was the issue and I still couldn't get connected.
I have the SSID in the Network manager applet correctly and the key is correct as well... the above was an attempt to do it manually per some other advice but that just errored out.
I also noticed that after I installed the driver (w/ndiswrapper) that when you go to Administration>Windows Wireless Drivers
it shows under currently installed windows drivers:
Hardware Present: No
(yet oddly the hardware seemed to be able to sense my wireless network as well as one that must be barely in range if the signal strengh is accurate)
Any suggestions? (More of a newbie at this point as well if that gives you any indication)
BTW - New Gateway Laptop (wubi install of Ubuntu 7.04 with Vista)
EDIT : AND I just rebooted and now the wireless connection disappeared from my network settings box