I was just recently given a Dell Latitude D610 from someone who didn't want it. It came with Windows XP Pro on it, and I logged in real quick to check things out. Wireless was working as it should and the FN + F2 key combination was enabling/disabling the wireless card as it is supposed to.
Installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 10.04 and wiped the entire disk to use with Ubuntu. Upon setting everything up, I installed ndiswrapper and installed the driver for this laptop's wireless card. I am familiar with ndiswrapper and have used it many times, so I know my workflow with that was correct.
After installing the driver, I couldn't find the device anywhere in network manager. I noticed the WiFi light is not turned on, and thus probably the root of my problem here. I tried pressing FN + F2 (the wireless enable/disable key combo for this model laptop), and I get no response. The light WiFi light does not come on. I've seen on other forums that the light may not come on, but wireless may still be enabled.
I've double checked so many things, but the system just doesn't seem to want to enable this device. In the long run, it seems as though this is not a driver issue, but just a matter of getting the darn wireless card to enable, so the system can recognize it.
Does anyone know how to address this? I've googled my brains out and searched the forums, and the closest thing I've found was aircraft manager. However, another forum suggested that aircraft-manager is only for 2 specific Dell mini models, which may explain why it won't open for me.
Anyway, thank you in advance! Any suggestions are more than appreciated!