2014-02-12

Linux wlan drivers

Today I stumbled an old problem with one of my laptops. It is necessary to load the windows-wlan-driver to make it work. The second thing is to use ndiswrapper to load it. I guess for the most wlan-card it is enough to install the kernel-firmware package. But in other cases these actions need to be taken:
  1. Determine your wlan-card (as root type lspci -v and look for something that looks like wireless).
  2. Research for the windows-wlan-driver based on that data. Download it and transfer it to the target system.
  3. Go to the drivers directory.
  4. ndiswrapper -i driver.inf #if there is no ndiswrapper, you need to install it too
  5. ndiswrapper -l #to check if it did work (driver present, device present, should be found there somewhere)
  6. modprobe ndiswrapper #load the ndiswrapper module
  7. ndiswrapper -ma #make it load at boot and automatically load the hardware
Other resources: http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/wlan/ndiswrapper