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How to install wireless driver? (New to Linux Mint)

Postby farhan_ahmad on Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:49 am

Hello,

I am new to Linux mint and yesterday i installed Mint Nadia. Now the problem is that my wireless is not working because there is no driver installed for it (i think). I searched over the internet and found out that Ndiswrapper is the utility which can help. But i have no idea how to install Ndiswrapper and use it without internet. I even don't know if it is already installed? Can anyone help me with installing and using this utility or guiding me with something else that can solve the issue? Any help will be of great great value.

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Mint Nadia 32 bit installed
Wireless device is SiS163U and i have windows XP driver for it
Please let me know if you need any additional info.
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Re: How to install wireless driver? (New to Linux Mint)

Postby kc1di on Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:14 am

Hello farhan_ahmad and welcome to Mint.

Is there any way you can hook that machine up to a Lan? if so this page will tell you how to install NDIS wrapper and then you can install the driver.
http://www.ehow.com/how_7288747_install-trendnet-tew_424ub-ubuntu.html
These instructions are for tew 424ub but the proceedure is the same expect replace the tew with your sis driver.

good luck
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Re: How to install wireless driver? (New to Linux Mint)

Postby farhan_ahmad on Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:48 am

Hi,

Thanks for quick reply. I got the wired net working. I followed your mentioned link and first two commands gererated the following information. I dont understand what does these mean but feels like its not working as it supposed to be so i didnt type further commands. Would please help me that what should i do.

sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-common
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
ndiswrapper-common is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 123 not upgraded.

sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package ndiswrapper-utils is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
However the following packages replace it:
ndiswrapper-common

E: Package 'ndiswrapper-utils' has no installation candidate
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Re: How to install wireless driver? (New to Linux Mint)

Postby kc1di on Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:25 am

Those outputs mean that ndis-wrapper is alreay installed go to the next command.
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Re: How to install wireless driver? (New to Linux Mint)

Postby farhan_ahmad on Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:50 am

Ok i went to next commands and got this.

sudo ndiswrapper -i /home/laura/Desktop/sis163u.inf
installing sis163u ...
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.

What should i do now?
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Re: How to install wireless driver? (New to Linux Mint)

Postby kc1di on Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:56 am

farhan_ahmad wrote:Ok i went to next commands and got this.

sudo ndiswrapper -i /home/laura/Desktop/sis163u.inf
installing sis163u ...
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.

What should i do now?

Try rebooting and try again
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Re: How to install wireless driver? (New to Linux Mint)

Postby farhan_ahmad on Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:09 am

I rebooted and tried again but after the command mentioned below, i get the same message.

sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.
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Re: How to install wireless driver? (New to Linux Mint)

Postby emmetk1 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:51 am

i am trying to do the same with a texas instruments card. i open the windows wireless drivers ap in control centre
sellect the tnet1130. inf file that i got from my windows install get message " invalid driver"

tried the method in the link above get ndiswrapper-i :command not found
this is mint 11
if i can't get it working here y should i try a newer version?
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