This is a problem I come back to once every couple of weeks to try to solve. As yet I have had no luck. So I just put up with no wireless
I have an old laptop (Lenevo Sunrise 410L) with no built in wireless capability. You may not have heard of it as it was made and bought in China.
Here in China there is basically not a lot of choice when it comes to wireless cards. The choice boils down to TP-Link or D-Link usually.
I ended up with a TP-Link TL-WN821N, it's a USB dongle. lsusb gives:
For this device.Code:Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0cf3:9170 Atheros Communications, Inc.
I checked on the supported wireless cards wiki (amongst other places) and couldn't find anything about my usb wireless card being supported.
So I have gone down the ndiswrapper road. I set it up as per the usual instructions apart from I found that the XP drivers didn't work. All choices except the Vista drivers came up "invalid driver". So i went with the X86 Vista drivers.
It didn't work still, so I started working through pytheas22's very wonderful and user-friendly Comprehensive ndiswrapper troubleshooting guide (thanks to him for that!!). Anyway, I won't run you through everything that happened there, but I complete steps 1&2 and then 3 gives me a problem.
When I runI getCode:lshw -C NetworkThere seems to be no mention of my USB dongle here. According to the trouble shooting guide I have two options, but neither apply to my situation.Code:WARNING: you should run this program as super-user. *-network description: Ethernet interface product: BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX vendor: Broadcom Corporation physical id: 7 bus info: pci@0000:05:07.0 logical name: eth0 version: 02 serial: 00:16:36:ce:f3:fb width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical configuration: broadcast=yes driver=b44 driverversion=2.0 ip=192.168.1.100 latency=32 module=ssb multicast=yes *-network DISABLED description: Ethernet interface physical id: 1 logical name: pan0 serial: 2a:db:ab:fd:ec:ab capabilities: ethernet physical configuration: broadcast=yes driver=bridge driverversion=2.3 firmware=N/A multicast=yes
Can somebody please help out at this point? I would LOVE to get this solved.