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Wireless Issue

Postby Jbones10 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:34 pm

Hello,

New to Linux in the last 24 hours. While using my desktop with windows 7, i bought a USB wifi adapter and installed the driver. It seemed that when i downloaded Linux Mint that i needed to re-install the driver? Is this correct? When i put the disc in it didnt seem as if anything was happening. When I simply tried t enter my wifi password, I was getting a connection error message.

I feel like this probably is a relativley easy question and I'm just missing something obvious, but wanted to double check before I messed anything up!

Thanks for your help! Can't wait to use linux even more :)



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Re: Wireless Issue

Postby bigj231 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:53 pm

You can't just put in the CD and install the driver. Unless they have Linux drivers. Not all USB-WiFi adapters work in Linux.

You can use ndiswrapper to install the windows drivers on linux. Read the man pages or look for tutorials on that.

While your USB adapter is plugged in, what's the output of:
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Re: Wireless Issue

Postby Jbones10 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:56 pm

bigj231 wrote:You can't just put in the CD and install the driver. Unless they have Linux drivers. Not all USB-WiFi adapters work in Linux.

You can use ndiswrapper to install the windows drivers on linux. Read the man pages or look for tutorials on that.

While your USB adapter is plugged in, what's the output of:
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lsusb
inxi -n



Good point, will downloaded ndiswrapper, thank you!
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Re: Wireless Issue

Postby bigj231 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:11 pm

NDISwrapper is installed by default in Mint, FYI. You should be good to go.
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Re: Wireless Issue

Postby Jbones10 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:57 pm

bigj231 wrote:NDISwrapper is installed by default in Mint, FYI. You should be good to go.



Nice! will have to look for it in the menu later tonight :) Again, thanks for the help!
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Re: Wireless Issue

Postby Jbones10 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:23 pm

So it seems when i click on windows driver install, i get stuck as to where to go from there. it seemed as if when i tried to load things they werent loading (in general) so i shut down that computer for now.
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Re: Wireless Issue

Postby bigj231 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:58 pm

I would recommend trying ndiswrapper from the terminal. It will be more difficult, but it should tell you what isn't working there.
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Re: Wireless Issue

Postby Jbones10 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:55 am

bigj231 wrote:I would recommend trying ndiswrapper from the terminal. It will be more difficult, but it should tell you what isn't working there.


Thanks, so i open terminal and just type in Ndiswrapper and hit enter?

I won't be able to check until about 10 hours from now, but just want to make sure.

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Re: Wireless Issue

Postby bigj231 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:48 am

That will give you the help for it. from there you should be able to figure out what to do. Reading the man page could be useful too.
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