Wireless USB adapter hell
Hello, I'm relatively new to Linux so my knowledge extends only to traversing through directories and a few commands.
Yesterday I bought a Hawking Hi-Gain Wireless-N USB adapter. Now, I just installed Kubuntu on an old Compaq 2100 Presario laptop and I wanted to replace my equally old wireless card.
To my disappointment, Kubuntu did not recognize the USB wireless adapter (although I kind of expected that) and I realized I had to get the drivers installed manually
Ok, not so bad so far. I read up on how to use ndiswrapper and installed it. I downloaded the appropriate Windows XP (I also tried Vista) driver from the hawkingtech website (I can't yet post URL's) and proceeded to extract the .sys and .inf files. Well, turns out that there are no .sys or .inf files in the extraction. So, I assumed they were buried in the .CAB files. Ok, fine, I downloaded cabextract which eventually redirected me to use unshield (for the InstallShield). BOTH failed to extract the CAB and when I tried to extract it through Windows software (WinZip, 7zip, and Picozip) they all fail as well. I have also tried extracting the Vista drivers and the drivers included with the installation disk.
A little research tells me that the CAB files are somewhat password protected to prevent people from doing exactly what I'm trying to. I did hours and hours of research on how to get this working to no avail.
Help would be VERY much appreciated! Thank You!