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Old 01-16-2008, 07:39 AM   #1
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installing wireless card on xubuntu


Hi. I just got ahold of an old laptop (hp, 256 ram) and I thought I'd use it to check out linux. I saw that Ubuntu required more ram than I have, so I installed Xubuntu. First of all, I'm very impressed. I'm doing very well so far, except for the lack of wireless. I have an Airlink Wireless Cardbus Adapter (awlc3028). When I turn on the computer when its plugged in, then the computer recognizes it and I get some flashing lights and xubuntu recgnizes that there's a wireless card. The only problem is that it doesn't recognize any networks (I tested the adapter on another computer and it worked fine). I poked around the internet a bit and found out about Ndiswrapper and installed it. Now I have downloaded the Windows drivers (I have them all, 98-XP). How do I install the drivers?

Thanks!!
 
Old 01-16-2008, 09:18 AM   #2
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How do I install the drivers?
Code:
ndiswrapper -i windowsdriver.inf
Check out the NDISwrapper site for more info. After you have the driver installed, you should be able to do...
Code:
ndiswrapper -l
This should output something like driver present, hardware present...
 
Old 01-16-2008, 10:34 AM   #3
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Thank you.
I'm trying that and getting the following error (after the command "ndiswrapper -i net8185.inf" in the folder that the .inf is located):

couldn't create /etc/ndiswrapper/net8185: Permission denied at /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper-1.9 line 152.

Any ideas? Thank you again
 
Old 01-16-2008, 10:44 AM   #4
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You probably need to logged in as root or use su or sudo.
 
Old 01-16-2008, 11:22 AM   #5
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That command should probably be ran as root, or with sudo if you have that setup. Once you have the drivers installed and operating, you should be able to scan for networks from command line with...
Code:
iwlist wlan0 scan
"wlan0" may be "eth0" or something else depending on your system config. This will show you a list of wireless networks in range.
 
Old 01-16-2008, 04:09 PM   #6
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Thanks so far! so now I found the graphical interface for the driver program ("Windows Wireless Drivers") and used it to install the drivers and it installed and even says "Hardware detected". However, it won't find any networks. I tried wlan0 and eth0 and got the following:

max@max-laptop:~$ iwlist wlan0 scan
wlan0 No scan results

max@max-laptop:~$ iwlist eth0 scan
eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.


Any ideas?
Thanks!
 
Old 01-16-2008, 07:54 PM   #7
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You might try
Code:
ndiswrapper -m
modprobe ndiswrapper
This will create a modprobe configuration. You may want to reboot after that, then give try iwlist again.
 
Old 01-17-2008, 06:56 AM   #8
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