LAN Adapter will not work--tried ndiswrapper and Wine
I am having a very hard time getting my EnGenius wireless LAN adapter to work on Linux Mint Helena. I have been scouring forums and fighting with this thing for 3 days now and I just am having very little luck. To make matters worse my Linux experience is very limited--about 4 days worth, to be specific--and I know I am bumbling around quite a bit. I would be extremely grateful if someone would help me solve this problem.
lsusb gives this output for my device:
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0cf3:0002 Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5523 (no firmware)
I first tried using ndsiswrapper to load the Windows inf file, which is net5523.inf. It told me it was installed, but the device was still not recognized. An old post on a Ubuntu forum suggested that the device could be installed through Wine, which I finally managed to install without internet. I ran the driver installation through Wine and it seemed to go well, but the device was still listed as not present. I then used ndiswrapper to install the new inf file that the wine installation had put in the virtual system 32 directory, and finally ndiswrapper -l told me the device was installed and present. But iwconfig still lists no wireless extensions.
I tried to follow the directions in the mintWifi post here:
(Nevermind, this forum will not let me post URLs, but it is called mintWifi on the Linux Mint site.)
But I do not see any of the options for the Network Manager that the author describes. I have no option to "connect to another wireless network" or to "deactivate/activate wireless and networking." It doesn't say anything about wireless networks at all.
I looked at the /etc/network/interfaces file, and it says exactly what the author says it should:
iface lo inet loopback
I really have no idea what to do here, as every option I found has been exhausted. I am sure I am doing something wrong, but what? Please help if you can.