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ndiswrapper has given me nothing but trouble everytime i ever tried to use it. find out more info on your card and im sure you'll find some linux files for it. nothing too fancy, but .bin files or something that you can put somewhere. luckily for me my wireless worked by the time i got on the ubuntu livecd.
    
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When your ready to try another distro, I can recommend dream Linux. Its pretty, and fast.
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Hmm, well.. when I got on Ubuntu, it doesn't even give me the option to go wireless. It will only say Wired.. so I guess there isn't an "out of the box" experience for me..
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The ndiswrapper packages (ndiswrapper-common and ndiswrapper-utils) are in the LiveCD, so you can install them from there (just double click on the packages). You will need the Windows driver pack for your card; you will be needing the .inf file, but sometimes it's best to keep all of the files on a central folder.

First you need to make sure Ubuntu is not loading any module for the wireless card. In a terminal do:

Code:
sudo lshw -C network
... and look for your wireless interface. Take a note if it lists any module/driver being used for it. If there is a module listed here, you will need to blacklist it so ndiswrapper is used instead:

Quote:
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
... and add the following lines to the file

Quote:
blacklist <name of module>
Now install the .inf file:

Quote:
cd /home/<login name>/<location of file>
sudo ndiswrapper -i <name of .inf file>
... and make ndiswrapper load at start up (just add ndiswrapper to the following file):

Quote:
sudo gedit /etc/modules
Reboot and next time you log in you should have working wireless (hopefully).
One thing to note is that if you're using the 64bit version of Ubuntu, you will need to use the 64bit Windows drivers for the card. Another thing, under 64bit, is that ndiswrapper causes my machine to hard lock for some reason (that's why I don't use ndiswrapper anymore).

If you have any problems after you install the drivers, use the following command to try and find out what is wrong:

Code:
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Hmm, well.. when I got on Ubuntu, it doesn't even give me the option to go wireless. It will only say Wired.. so I guess there isn't an "out of the box" experience for me..
could manually configure it. /when you click on the network thing, does it say "manual configuration" or "create new wireless network" ?
    
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could manually configure it. /when you click on the network thing, does it say "manual configuration" or "create new wireless network" ?
Manual Configuration..

Also, it seemed pretty tough to find drivers for the WMP300N, so I dug up an older WG111v3 USB device... going to test my luck with that
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The ndiswrapper packages (ndiswrapper-common and ndiswrapper-utils) are in the LiveCD, so you can install them from there (just double click on the packages). You will need the Windows driver pack for your card; you will be needing the .inf file, but sometimes it's best to keep all of the files on a central folder.

First you need to make sure Ubuntu is not loading any module for the wireless card. In a terminal do:

Code:
sudo lshw -C network
... and look for your wireless interface. Take a note if it lists any module/driver being used for it. If there is a module listed here, you will need to blacklist it so ndiswrapper is used instead:

... and add the following lines to the file

Now install the .inf file:

... and make ndiswrapper load at start up (just add ndiswrapper to the following file):

Reboot and next time you log in you should have working wireless (hopefully).
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If you have any problems after you install the drivers, use the following command to try and find out what is wrong:

Code:
dmesg | grep ndiswrapper
Oh man this is confusing... I wish Linux just had double-clickable exe's for installation... lol

Alright... well, I have the drivers for either card.. I am going to print out your reply and see what I can do..
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post #28 of 43
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Still having trouble...sigh...

I was trying to follow the instructions given by Melcar but I got nowhere. I don't know what all these different files are or anything.

I just want to set up Linux, have wireless setup easily, and download a bunch of the open source games made for Linux. Just set it up so I can have fun on it with movies, open-source games, etc etc...

I think once I get this wireless stuff set up, I'll be fine.. but it's becoming a huge PITA so far.
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Yeah, wireless is the biggest single hurdle for Linux in desktops, followed by multimedia. What part are you having trouble with? Do you have the Windows drivers for the wireless card?
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Quote:
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In case you haven't heard this joke already:

Ubuntu is an African word meaning, "Slackware is too hard."

I spent so much time just getting Slackware to install....

I'd say go with Ubuntu for your first go.

PS. It will take some getting used to. Especially when you need to install something.

lol, i have slack and ubuntu installed lol. ubuntu was my first linux i tried a couple years ago, slackware might have been my second .
    
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