Wireless card not working...no internet
I decided to try Linux Ubuntu 6.06
I had a USB wireless drive which did not work out too well and i was told USB wireless drives are not good under linux.
So i found a D-Link DWL-G520 PCI Card.
I got it working and i followed all steps, yet when i rebooted it was gone...all my configuration was gone.
i was using ndiswrapper, and i did do the modprobe nidiswrapper stuff in order to keep the driver there following reboot.
Now it says hardware isnt found, when just a second ago it was.
So whats the problem here???
I'm somewhat new to this stuff so please take it easy with certain stuff.
Please dont send me back to windows
Ubuntu 6.06 is a bit old now and it didn't have very good wireless support when it was released. Try Ubuntu 8.04, 8.10 or other distributions like openSUSE and Fedora. You will probably not need ndiswrapper if you use their latest releases. You can even go a step further and get a ralink based card (most Edimax branded cards have ralink chipsets). These work out of the box on most Linux distros.
D-link is good
I've got a D-link DWL-G520 with Atheros chipset. Works fine under Mandriva 2008.1 for x86_64 (driver built in to kernel 126.96.36.199, ndiswrapper probably would have worked fine instead).
I've used ndiswrapper on past machines, it is a good solution. Often there is a special text file list that can FORCE modules like ndiswrapper to be loaded, this often improves hardware detection. And sometimes it takes manual editing of configuration files to get the settings (ESSID, channel, etc.) to stick.
Dedicated forums can help you with these two tasks:
I don't want to sound evil ("read the manual"), but if you update your distro, you'll be reading stuff and looking at forums anyway (to set up your video driver, printer, camera memory card reader, etc). And things do change between distros, and even from one release to the next (and hardware support improves!).
EDIT: Right now, I am having problems getting my configuration to stick so that WPA security will work, so I know how you feel!
Please, PLEASE let us know how it goes. Don't underestimate the power of hackers helping each other out!
I read your post again. I think modprobe only works until the next reboot. That's why I suggested forcing the module to load every time. Hope this helps.
ndiswrapper -i driver.inf
if you did all that it should have loaded agin on a reboot.
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