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WN311T Install question wi-fi question

Postby greenducky on Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:46 pm

SO basically i am running Linux Mint via the live version. I am currently running xp pro sp2 right now. i was wondering if you could actually download ndiswrapper while in windows and save it to a usb flash drive and then save the .inf files for my wifi card in the usb flash drive. turn off the computer and then run the live cd, and access the usb stick and install ndiswrapper and then install the .inf files to get wifi going.
This is the only thing that is keeping me from running linux full time. i have no internet. i have no hardwire connection as i share a wifi hot spot with several people in a building. ergo i need to find i way to do my downloads in windows and save to disk and the load on the live version linux to make sure things work before i fully commit myself.
is there a proper way of downloading the ndiswrapper while in windows ? or can i simply just follow the download link and save it to a usb flash disk.? and then double click to open it in linux, and it will install. ? i dunno

any help would be appreciated. thanx


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Re: WN311T Install question wi-fi question

Postby Husse on Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:55 pm

Ndiswrapper and ndisgtk the GUI for ndiswrapper are installed by default in Mint - also the live cd
So put the inf on the USB stick and as long as you don't have to reboot you are good to go
Also read the wiki
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php/MintWifi
especially "The first step" as I think you may have to restart networking
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Re: WN311T Install question wi-fi question

Postby MagnusB on Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:20 pm

You also need the sys (?) file for the driver. I recommend downloading the driver installer for windows, if you have to run the exe to uncompress it, save ALL the files to the usb stick, then reboot into Mint, use the GUI (prefer terminal myself, but...), then make sure ndiswrapper is loaded (in terminal):
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ndiswrapper -l
lsmod | grep ndiswrapper

The first command should list the drivers ndiswrapper have installed, the second will check if ndiswrapper is actually loaded. If it returns blank, you need to load it:
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sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

Then restart NetworkManager (nm-applet):
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sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

Then it should be up and running
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Re: WN311T Install question wi-fi question

Postby Husse on Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:33 pm

For some reason networking restart does not always work in Daryna (I think it's a lock file somewhere)
That's why I specifically referred to the First step section of the wiki
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Re: WN311T Install question wi-fi question

Postby MagnusB on Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:38 pm

Ohh, I usually prefer a reboot over restarting nm, for different reasons.... But I did not know that, thanks Husse, I really should read more in the wiki....
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