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Need advice installing a wireless PC Card on Ubuntu

Post by P1Uplink on Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:58 pm
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I just installed Ubuntu to my rather ancient Toshiba Sateillite Pro 2100 notebook and I can't seem to figure out how to install my netgear WG511 card. Can someone give me some pointers please?
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Re: Need advice installing a wireless PC Card on Ubuntu

Post by Defience on Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:06 pm
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I'd suggest trying the ubuntu forums as well:
http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=336
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Re: Need advice installing a wireless PC Card on Ubuntu

Post by bunbunr on Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:23 pm
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Oh got netgear and linux.. Which card are you talking about? networking I assume?
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Re: Need advice installing a wireless PC Card on Ubuntu

Post by P1Uplink on Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:25 pm
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Yeah, it's a PCMCIA wireless network card. I've been looking at the ubuntu forums and it seems some have got it working and some haven't. I've tried several suggestions, but nothing seems to be working.
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Re: Need advice installing a wireless PC Card on Ubuntu

Post by Defience on Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:12 pm
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P1Uplink wrote:Yeah, it's a PCMCIA wireless network card. I've been looking at the ubuntu forums and it seems some have got it working and some haven't. I've tried several suggestions, but nothing seems to be working.


What do you get when you type ifconfig and iwconfig in a terminal?
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Re: Need advice installing a wireless PC Card on Ubuntu

Post by P1Uplink on Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:59 am
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Defience wrote:What do you get when you type ifconfig and iwconfig in a terminal?


uplink@uplink-laptop:~$ ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:00:39:fe:61:a0
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:240 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:240 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:15040 (15.0 KB) TX bytes:15040 (15.0 KB)

uplink@uplink-laptop:~$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

pan0 no wireless extensions.

As you can see the wired network is ok (i didn't have it connected when I copied this, but it works fine none the less), but the wireless network isn't working at all. The netgear card doesn't even light up and I can't figure out how to get the drivers working (they're XP drivers, so I don't think I'll have much luck). I was told to use something called ndiswrapper-utils, but when I put in the command to get it, it says that it's not available and suggests ndiswrapper-common. However, when I follow the rest of the instructions given on this page: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=76804 and I get to the line "sudo ndiswrapper -i 2802W.inf" it tells me ndiswrapper isn't installed.
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Re: Need advice installing a wireless PC Card on Ubuntu

Post by insomaniacal on Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:12 pm
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For whatever reason, I've also had troubles using the Ubuntu packages for ndiswrapper. You might just want to delete everything that you got from the repository, and try to compile it from source. I remember that was the only way I could get it to work for me a year or so ago.
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