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#1 somenoob

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 04:43 AM

Hi guys/girls
I finally ended up installing Ubuntu (8.04). Problem is that the driver for my wireless network card, a D-Link DWL-510, is windows-based and therefore won't work. I've tried to find a driver for ubuntu on the net with 0 success and have downloaded but have no idea how to use WINE or NDISwrapper.
Either a link to a driver or a REALLY basic how-to kinda thing for WINE or NDISwrapper greatly appreciated! I am a complete newbie at Ubuntu so it will have to be really really really...you get the idea.
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 05:47 AM

Info for others trying to help you.

Saturday, September 06, 2008 6:27:37 PM (when checking page info)
Hardware That Doesn't Work with Linux
http://www.leenooks.com/page/show/DLink%20DWL-510

Then there is this: (your card is in the chart showing which cards work with the drivers mentioned)
Linux driver for Realtek's Wi-Fi cards
This is an attempt to make work some wireless lan cards on Linux (2.6) without non-opensource stuff.
More precisely cards with Realtek rtl818x MAC+BASEBAND chip.
http://rtl8180-sa2400.sourceforge.net/
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 02:27 PM

Take a look at ndisgtk. It's a graphical frontend for ndiswrapper, which allows you to use Windows WiFio drivers under Linux. ndisgtk should be available through the Synaptic Package Manager and should install ndiswrapper as well. It greatly simplifies using ndiswrapper, IMHO.

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 09:01 PM

As "buddy" stated, that card works properly if you use
the RealTek drivers. More info: http://www.samwel.tk/bart/various/dwl-510-on-linux-2.6.html

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 09:14 AM

OK I went to the http://rtl8180-sa2400.sourceforge.net/ and it has a link to download the driver package but I can't get it to work. Ideas?

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 09:05 PM

rtl8180-0.21.tar.gz
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.p...lease_id=320500

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 02:34 PM

OK I went to the http://rtl8180-sa2400.sourceforge.net/ and it has a link to download the driver package but I can't get it to work. Ideas?



The driver needs to be compiled first. In the archive you downloaded (rtl8180-0.21.tar.gz) there is a file called INSTALL. This file contains the instructions you need to follow to compile then install the driver.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:06 PM

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 10:34 PM

I know what I put my live ubuntu distro in I dont have wireless access because the drivers are incompatible but I just plug an ethernet cable into my router and once it connects i download the driver that it tells me to, unplug my ethernet and go online somewhere else :thumbsup:
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Posted 09 January 2009 - 02:22 PM

I know what I put my live ubuntu distro in I dont have wireless access because the drivers are incompatible but I just plug an ethernet cable into my router and once it connects i download the driver that it tells me to, unplug my ethernet and go online somewhere else :thumbsup:

That's really the only major drawback to using a LiveCD as your everyday OS: no changes perpetuate between boot-ups.

Have you considered installing Ubuntu on the hard drive?

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 07:45 PM

I know what I put my live ubuntu distro in I dont have wireless access because the drivers are incompatible but I just plug an ethernet cable into my router and once it connects i download the driver that it tells me to, unplug my ethernet and go online somewhere else :thumbsup:

That is a valid solution. Unfortunately, due to the design of my network, simply
plugging the lappy into the router is not an easy task. As common as this driver
is this should not even be an issue.
PCLinuxOS (mini-me) and BackTrack 3 work perfectly after a few clicks and entering
my WPA key.

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