How To install Wireless( WIFI ) Driver In Linux

Installing Wifi driver in Linux is considered a difficult task.After 2 days of googling i finally studied the method to install wireless driver in Linux and got WiFi right in my DELL XPS M1530.So i decided to blog to make it easy to install WIfi driver.

Download:

Get the latest version of the ndiswrapper sources from

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ndiswrapper and extract it to home folder.

Open terminal:
We need system software to compile a source code.
Type:
sudo apt-get install build-essential

Go to the ndiswrapper folder using cd command.

cd ndiswrapper-1.53

make distclean

make

Now become root.Type

sudo su

u will be asked for login(root) password.

Type:

make install

Now u have installed ndiswrapper.

Now identify ur wireless card.

Type:

lspci

Name of ur card will be dispalyed.

Now go to this link and find your card from the list and download the windows driver.

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/joomla/index.php?/component/option,com_openwiki/Itemid,33/id,list/

now unpack the driver with command:

unzip filename.exe

Now u have 2 ways to get things done.

The easy way is :

Terminal type:

sudo apt-get install ndisgtk

Now open windows wireless drivers.

In ubuntu open System->Administration->windows wireless drivers

Click install driver.

Now locate .inf file in the folder.Look for hint in the LIST to find the .inf file.

If driver is installed,then reboot.Again take: open System->Administration->windows wireless drivers. click configure network.If u find wireless under connection tab in network.Every thing worked fine and u are lucky u need not use the console(type many command).

If u are a Unlucky Guy.Type in terminal:

ndiswrapper -i filename.inf

Now to check installation type:

ndiswrapper -l

I got this:

netw4x32 : driver installed

device (8086:4222) present (alternate driver: iwl3945)

Where ‘present’ means that you have a card that can be used with the driver installed.If you see ‘cannot locate lspci. Unable to see if hardware is present’, you need to install the pciutils package.

Type:

sudo apt-get install pciutils

depmod -a

modprobe ndiswrapper

To verify that module is loaded type:

dmesg

Make sure it starts at boottime ndiswrapper to

sudo nano /etc/modules

Add

ndiswrapper

Now

cltr +O to write to file

Now reboot.

If u find wireless under connection tab in network.

Every thing worked fine.To make wifi to work better.Enable Backports.

Go System→Administration→Software Sources.


Go to the Updates and enable the Hardy Backports repository.Close then click Reload button.Now open a termianl and type:

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-hardy-generic

Now reboot.If u use dell laptop with the wifi catcher opition.Disable it bios by pressing F2 will booting.Wifi catcher will cause a conflict with the driver.

This worked for me.Hope u to get it right!!!

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