Here's my dilemma: I am new to Ubuntu, and Linux in general. My computer runs on a x86 architecture. Most of the other hardware works properly, but there's one problem:
I have a D-Link DWL-520 WiFi card. It's no longer supported by D-Link, but it is supported by Ndiswrapper. So I went through the steps of downloading Ndiswrapper and installing it. The installation went smoothly. Next thing I did was tried to run the GUI application "Windows Wireless Drivers", which is part of Ndiswrapper.
(I did the following many, many times, but this is the account of my last attempt)
I ran lscpci
in Terminal, and it didn't detect my WiFi card, but it did detect a Netprism device, which is the name of the driver on the CD that came with the card. So I assumed (correctly, I think) that Netprism made the device and D-Link sold it. So I moved the drivers from the disk to ~/Drivers (a directory I created) and ran "WWD", and it said that the drivers were installed but that the hardware wasn't installed. I ran sudo rmdir /etc/ndiswrapper/netprism
after clearing out the directory, and decided to take a different route.
In Terminal I ran sudo ndiswrapper -i ~/drivers/NETPRISM.inf
and checked Ndiswrapper's directory, which seemed to be working. then I did this (first line input, following output):
hardware present (pci2_prism alternate driver)
or at leat very close to that, I'm paraphrasing as I'm not going to reboot three times just to get an exact quote if it's not neccesary. Great, right? Not really. I run
sudo depmod -a
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
Now I'd done this before, so while there were some old errors, there weren't any errors within the last 10 minutes. All good? Nope. iwconfig
picked up the card, and I couldn't connect with the network utility. What did I do wrong? Should I look on the Ndiswrapper site for another driver? I tried to blacklist the alternate driver, and then no drivers binded to the card. Ubuntu does detect my ethernet connection, but I can't run that connection to the internet for at least another week, and I'd like to Internetify Ubuntu before then.
Thanks so much! This has been frustrating me for around a week now!
UPDATE: Now Ubuntu won't even boot with the WiFi card plugged into the motherboard. This is frustrating the hell out of me...