I describe the steps in broad strokes to you.
The first step is conecting by your wired and to download what you need.
If this does not work, directly tries to make work the wireless since for you it is your main connection.
It is necessary to have basic knowledge to use the shell.
There are two ways to load drivers:
1. Windows driver (NdisWrapper)
He is very simple to load driver (.inf) of Windows from the shell:
- sudo ndiswrapper - i <file.inf>
You can consult the help command on shell with 'man ndiswrapper'.
2. Linux driver
It looks for the chip that uses your card. For it it executes in the shell 'lsusb' or 'lspci' according to the case to see the connected hardware. It identifies the hardware and it looks for if it exists to driver linux with ID that it appears in the listing.
If driver exists it follows the steps that in him are indicated.
In both cases:
If initially in the network administrator it recognizes a wireless connection but its not works you perhaps then you must unload driver by defect that uses the system. Otherwise it will make interference with driver that you install. You can consult drivers that is being loaded with 'lsmod'. It looks for the section of 'usb'. In order to eliminate a module: 'rmmod <module>' and so that it has persistence, for example on Ubuntu, exists the file '/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist' to avoid the load of modules on startup.
First of all you don't lose the patience. Wireless is a very boring subject in Linux, I behind schedule two months in making work my usb adapter.