About to install Ubuntu, but conerned about my network adapter...
I use a network card which is known as DWA-552. It works fine with my current Windows XP installation, but I'm running some tests for my future with Linux (I'm getting a netbook in a year or so and I'm wondering if I should stick with Windows or go with Linux. My plan is to use my new computer for everyday stuff and keep my current desktop for experimenting.) I searched the WiFi documents on Ubuntu's site for DWA-552 and here's what it said (can't post links) :
2 problems here: I don't know if this is accurate because I plan to use Karmic Koala rather than Intrepid Ibex. If this happens to be the case with Karmic Koala, then I might not use Ubuntu at all on the computer (I'm poor so I can't get a new card. :() Also, another noob question: how well does Ubuntu connect to the internet on netbooks?
This page is my experience with the DWA-552, aka D-Link Xtreme N Desktop Adapter
Intrepid Ibex (8.10)
Works... But Causes 64bit and 32bit to experience freezing up completely. Use ndiswrapper method below to fix in 32bit, the fix for 64bit is unknown.
Hardy Heron (8.04)
Phail. I tried this guide for madwifi: (another link) It doesn't work.
Ndiswrapper seems to work (albeit, not very well. See Intrepid). Get the drivers here: (link to card dribvers)
For reference, I'll post the directions I have on using ndiswrapper:
First check to make sure ACX is not installed
lsmod | grep ACX
* If you get output, then you will have to find a different guide for help. This guide assumes you get no output.
Install the drivers
sudo ndiswrapper -i /location_of_your_wireless_driver/netathw.inf
Make sure to choose the driver without the x. The x is for windows 98. I suspect that the drivers for windows 2000/XP are better.
sudo ndiswrapper -l
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
Set ndiswrapper to load on startup
sudo ndiswrapper -m
gksudo gedit /etc/modules
Add the following module to the list
Now you can configure your wireless card with ifconfig and iwconfig, or other utility.
WifiDocs/Device/DWA-552 (last edited 2009-02-26 21:56:25 by Michael Morris)
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Please help me, because if I can't connect to the internet with Linux then I have no choice but to abandon it. I really, really want to try open-source OS's (my entire XP installation is running open-source programs and not having to pay to use my computer would be great.)