driver implanting in Ubuntu 9.10

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So I just installed Ubuntu 9.10 on my desktop as a dual-boot with Windows 7. I forgot, however, that my wireless card needs a CD to install the driver, which I lost. I found the driver in my windows directory and have them saved on my ExHD, but can't figure out where in the Ubuntu directory to store them.
Anyone? Anyone?
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Windows 7, Ubuntu 9.10

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Sounds like you need to google how to use something called “ndiswrapper”. (Allows you to use Windows’ wireless drivers.) From what I’ve read, however, you might also do some searching to see if your device has a native driver that doesn’t take ndiswrapper. Just a suggestion.

I searched just a bit and found a lot of entries over at the main Ubuntu forum site. They are pretty quick there about support. Maybe you can find an archived post from someone with your same wireless device.

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  • carlosdl
    The Windows driver will not work on Ubuntu. You need a linux driver. Try going to the manufacturer site, to see if they offer a linux driver for the card.
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  • Sethmorris
    Check in the Synaptics manager in Administration. Make sure you have necessary repositories activated. Then you should be able to search for ndiswrapper there. Specifically if you can find out what chipset is used on your device, it can make locating a proper linux driver a little quicker. Ndiswrapper isn't always the best solution depending on hardware.
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  • Sethmorris
    In most cases you will be looking for some form of Realtek chipset (used largly by 3rd party network devices) For Linux this would be in the vicinity of RTL81** and so on. If my memory serves, which isn't always, Linksys uses proprietary, so ndiswrapper would be required. Hope this helps.
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  • carlosdl
    There are lists of Companies, known working devices, and other interesting lists and information in the ndiswrapper's wiki.
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  • Koohiisan
    My Linksys WPC54-something or another (can't recall the model right now) uses a bc43* driver, so there has been some progress of getting Linksys devices working without ndiswrapper. It took me running some special installation on my openSUSE 11.2 box to get it to download the bcm43 firmware driver, since they evidently could not distribute it in the stock install, and it was not in yast for install either. Maybe Ubuntu distributes it in Synaptics, but I don't know.
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