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How to install wireless network driver?

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Msg#: 3383005 posted 5:03 pm on Jun 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

I've just installed Linux Unubi as my OS. I have a disk with the drivers for my wireless network adapter, but I cannot download the driver. I get an error message that says that there is no program to open the download. How can I download this driver so I can get on to the internet?



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Msg#: 3383005 posted 4:45 pm on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

If it is a windows driver it will not work under linux.

Some wireless cards have linux drivers and some do not, generally you will need to google for your specific hardware. To get details of your hardware you can open a shell and do:

lspci -v

This should spit out a list of devices present on your system - one of which should be your wifi card. This command for my laptop spits out

03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
Subsystem: Intel Corporation Unknown device 1010
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
Memory at edf00000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
Capabilities: [c8] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [d0] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities: [e0] Express Legacy Endpoint IRQ 0
Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
Capabilities: [140] Device Serial Number d6-61-44-ff-ff-d2-19-00

Then I would throw "3945ABG linux driver" into google. Depending upon your distribution enabling the correct driver and setting up wifi can be relatively painless or like pulling teeth.


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Msg#: 3383005 posted 4:53 pm on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld Bgurk! If there is no native Linux driver available, you can try using NDISwrapper [ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net] along with the standard Windows driver supplied on your disk. I am using this method with limited success [webmasterworld.com].

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