- In order to install ndiswrapper you need a copy the windows drivers for your Wireless ethernet device.
- This is only meant to be installed if your card isn't supported by Ubuntu, check Ubuntu's list of natively supported wireless cards.
- Check ndiswrapper's list of supported wireless cards if your card isn't supported natively, please visit Ndiswrapper's official supported cards list
- Find out if you have acx module loaded. Because acx module interferes with windows driver, we need to remove it if it is found.
lsmod | grep acx
- Remove the acx module if found. It could also be acx_pci or similar. Please Note: New kernel updates will auto load the acx module again. So repeat the following two commands every time the kernel is updated.
sudo rmmod acx
sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
- Add a new list at the end of the file like this:
# drivers wireless ACX
- Install ndiswrapper and drivers (due to a bug in Edgy, you need to specify ndiswrapper-utils-1.8)
sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.8
sudo ndiswrapper -i /location_of_your_wireless_driver/your_driver.inf
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.
- e.g. Supposing wlan0 is your wireless device.
sudo iwconfig wlan0 essid "AP" key ababababababababab mode Managed
- You sould now be able to see the MAC address of the access point and signal rate.
Ndiswrapper for Broadcom 43xx wireless chipset
- The Broadcom 43xx (bcm43xx) wireless chipset is one of the most common chipsets, so special scripts have been written for it.
- Only follow this if you have a bcm43xx device. To check in the Terminal type:
lspci | grep Broadcom\ Corporation
If it displays a line similar to this,
0000:02:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
you have a Broadcom wireless chipset. Please proceed with the instructions.
- Put the Ubuntu CD that you installed Ubuntu with in the CD drive.
- Download this to the desktop (the Firefox default, so if you haven't changed it, that's where it went/will go).
- In a terminal type
cd ~/Desktop (or wherever you downloaded the file)
tar -xf bcm4318*.tar.gz
Your wireless chipset should now work. Try rebooting if you have problems. Please see this thread if you have problems: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=197102&highlight=install+ndiswrapper