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I have a wireless pci adapter, and it works perfectly fine in windows, but in linux, specifically Ubuntu... it doesn't even get recognized. I have to go through the motion of manually installing the drivers (using the function that enables it to use the windows driver) only to have it still not work all the time.

Is this hardware recognition and compatibility a issue for all linux distros? (Wireless adapters i mean)

Can anyone recommend me a pci wireless adapter that would work out of the box with linux ubuntu?
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What adapter are you using now?

The Aetheros chipset adapters tend to work fairly painlessly.
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post #3 of 21
The drivers for some wifi adapters are kept proprietary which makes it more difficult.

It's kind of a catch 22. Linux will not have better driver support unless more people use Linux and the lack of driver support makes it harder to get more people to use Linux.
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post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
What adapter are you using now?

The Aetheros chipset adapters tend to work fairly painlessly.
i am not sure, i'll have to check what chipset... but it is this one: http://www.encore-usa.com/us/product/ENLWI-NX2

how do i find the chipset?
Edited by badatgames18 - 3/30/11 at 7:29pm
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OP: The reason is driver support firstly. Now do you have any idea on what the chipset for the wifi card is (not the computer mobo's) or the manufacturer?

PS: Why not skip the PCI and those problematic things and use your mobo's NIC through something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...s%20Gaming%20A
     
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post #6 of 21
Some will work out of the box, other require you to jump through hoops. This is true for both Linux and Windows.
This may help:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...CardsSupported

(direct link to what should be the adapter you posted above):
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ha...orkCardsEncore

As for this being a "problem" with Linux, I completely disagree. Linux always recognize and interface with hardware pretty easily, usually easier than Windows.
I can plug a USB to Serial adapter into a Linux computer and it will work without having to do anything. I have yet to get one to work on Vista or 7 ever.
Edited by Full_Tilt - 3/30/11 at 7:37pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by badatgames18 View Post
how do i find the chipset?
You find the adapter chipset by typing "lsusb" or "lspci" in console.
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it's realtek
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Well that link I posted should tell you exactly how to make it work. You may have to use ndiswrapper
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Well that link I posted should tell you exactly how to make it work. You may have to use ndiswrapper
Hopefully he has better luck than me. Ndiswrapper didn't change anything for me when I used it. Though OP might try out something like openSUSE or Fedora. Maybe it'll work for you in those distros. But honestly with a desktop. I didn't bother with the PCI/USB stuff. Just grabbed myself what I linked earlier at the recommendation of one of the gurus on here. So glad I did.
     
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