I have just installed Linux Mint XFCE (which is Linux Mint 9) on an old Thinkpad a22m laptop. I am trying to get wireless working using the "WPA & WPA2 Personal" setting in the Linux Mint setup, but am not a Linux pro. I have a Netgear WN511B wireless PCMCIA card; because there seem to be no native drivers, I am using ndiswrapper, which I think I have set up properly. I can use "iwlist scan" and see my router just fine.
I do not have access to a Windows computer, which is a problem for getting the required files -- a *.inf file and a *.sys file, with * usually being wn511b. I can find older ZIP windows install files online that contain the required wn511b.inf and wn511b.sys files; however, using ndiswrapper with these older files, I can connect wirelessly but the resulting setup does not accept my password (I have a Netgear wireless router with WPA).
Some online research has led me to the conclusion that a more-recent Netgear driver download (from the Netgear site), wn511b_setup_6_0.exe, would work, because the site says that a bug was fixed: "Client unable to connect with WNR854T when operating in mix mode wireless security (WPA+WPA2 mix mode)".
Because I myself use "WPA+WPA2 mix" mode, I think this is the problem.
However, the Netgear driver download is not a ZIP file, it is an EXE file. I have Wine, but can't extract the proper files with Wine (the "install" doesn't complete). I even tried extracting the files on a friend's Windows XP machine, but because I could not plug in the actual PCMCIA card into the Windows machine, that install wouldn't complete either.
Ideally, I just need the *.inf and *.exe files extracted from the "wn511b_setup_6_0.exe" install file. But I've searched online and can't find any such thing.
Does anyone know how to extract such files? (By the way, the "wn511b_setup_6_0.exe" install file is NOT a disguised ZIP or CAB file.) And if not, what could I do otherwise?
Last edited by archtop
on Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:51 pm, edited 1 time in total.