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    Re: HOWTO: WLan via Ndiswrapper

    You will also need the "build-essential" deb file which is also available through APT.

    I don't know al the commands because I installed in through Synaptic, this a is graphical front-end for APT that automatically installs the software including all of it's dependencies without ever typing one single command.

    Since your a newcomer yourself it would be far more easier to take your laptop to the basement and plugin a network cable from your router to your laptop (be sure that the router works with DHCP) then install/run Ubuntu and then install al of the necessary software through Synaptic.

    I asume that you read this whole thread and not just the beginning of the thread.

    Also a VERY usefull guide about Ubuntu: http://ubuntuguide.org/
    Has lot's of usefull information that might come in handy!
    Last edited by maspro; May 22nd, 2005 at 06:23 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: WLan via Ndiswrapper

    Thanks for the replies...
    Three things:
    "... including all of it's dependencies ..." makes me think that simply installing one package may not be sufficient. Does the installation of .deb files kick out error messages if dependencies are not available?

    second thing: unfortunately the system on the second floor is NOT a laptop, but desktop. I don't want to move the system, either temporarilly for installs,
    or permanently.

    Lastly, that same system has an LCD monitor, and although this has not
    been a problem with Ubuntu, it doesn't handle some distros...

    -Michael

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    Re: HOWTO: WLan via Ndiswrapper

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzhead
    Thanks for the replies...
    Three things:
    "... including all of it's dependencies ..." makes me think that simply installing one package may not be sufficient. Does the installation of .deb files kick out error messages if dependencies are not available?
    You're absolutely correct about this. Installing one piece of software often needs some other piece of software, in turn this other piece of software may also need some another piece of software. All of the needed software to install the main software you wish to use are called dependencies. This does not only apply to Ubuntu, but is true for Linux in general. If dependencies are not correct or not available you will see errors and messages that certain things went wrong and will not work. And that's why APT/Synaptic is really cool, because it's solve all dependencies automatically.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzhead
    second thing: unfortunately the system on the second floor is NOT a laptop, but desktop. I don't want to move the system, either temporarilly for installs,
    or permanently.
    Oke that's clear. Maybe a really long network cable you can use temporary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzhead
    Lastly, that same system has an LCD monitor, and although this has not
    been a problem with Ubuntu, it doesn't handle some distros...
    Can't help you there, hardware support is not always the same in different linux distro's, if there isn't a (open-source) driver available, then it's trial and error and just see what works for you.
    Last edited by maspro; May 19th, 2005 at 06:18 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: WLan via Ndiswrapper

    @Fuzzhead:

    The following software is absolutely essential for a successful install:

    - ndiswrapper-source v1.1 or v1.2RC1 (NOT the deb file) http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/
    - appropriate .inf driver for your Wi-fi (http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/p...index.php/List)
    - build-essential (available through APT)
    - linux-headers for you specific kernel (available through APT)

    Maybe you can browse the FTP repositories of Ubuntu from you computer which has an internet connection and download the build-essential and linux-headers manually. As far as I can tell you only need to download the above software and first install build-essential, then the linux-headers and then the ndiswrapperwrapper source. If you do this in this order then dependencies should not be a problem. (At least I hope so )

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    Re: HOWTO: WLan via Ndiswrapper

    Thanks again for your help. It really is great to get such detailed, and personalized feedback/instruction. I'll boot into Windows, download those apps/packages, then boot to LiveCD and follow your suggested steps. Stayed tuned!

    I'm just starting down the path of exploring Linux distros to see what's out there, how they work, how they differ, etc. I imagine taking several months to learn enough to move the house to a Linux environment, although I think I'll need at least one dual boot system as we have some very specific Windows based apps that aren't available on Linux.

    =8^)
    Fuzzhead

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    Re: HOWTO: WLan via Ndiswrapper

    Myself I tried Suse, Mandrake, Linspire, Xandros, Mepis, Kubuntu, Ubuntu and a really long time ago Redhat and Slackware.

    They all have there own cool stuff and they all have there downsides, but one thing is for sure APT-GET really rocks, all Debian based systems, like Linspire, Xandros, Mepis, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, etc. have the ability to use APT-GET, while the RPM based systems such as Mandriva, Suse, Fedora, etc. have there own way to solve dependencies, such as URPMI, YAST and YUM.

    But in all the distro's i've tried none of them had a working Wifi internet connection from the start! And the Ubuntu approach to get Wifi working is different then if you were to use Mandriva (formerly Mandrake).
    Last edited by maspro; May 20th, 2005 at 12:25 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: WLan via Ndiswrapper

    Yeah thanks a lot for this Howto, worked well for me! I had a d-link g650 for which the madwifi driver with Ubuntu Hoary didn't work. The plans for wireless support in Breezy sound absolutely fabulous.....

    http://udu.wiki.ubuntu.com/LaptopMission

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    Re: HOWTO: WLan via Ndiswrapper

    Quote Originally Posted by maspro
    @Fuzzhead:

    The following software is absolutely essential for a successful install:

    - ndiswrapper-source v1.1 or v1.2RC1 (NOT the deb file) http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/
    - appropriate .inf driver for your Wi-fi (http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/p...index.php/List)
    - build-essential (available through APT)
    - linux-headers for you specific kernel (available through APT)

    Maybe you can browse the FTP repositories of Ubuntu from you computer which has an internet connection and download the build-essential and linux-headers manually. As far as I can tell you only need to download the above software and first install build-essential, then the linux-headers and then the ndiswrapperwrapper source. If you do this in this order then dependencies should not be a problem. (At least I hope so )
    Next question, I should have guessed earlier to ask it, is where are the files that Synaptic Package Manager downloads?

    Should I just copy the entire /usr/share/ directory onto my HDD ? (Shot gun approach?)

    I need to know both the build-essentials, and Linux Headers for 2.6.10.5 - 386

    Is there a way to copy the list of files from this file "essential-packages-list" ?
    base-files
    base-passwd
    bash
    bsdutils
    coreutils
    debianutils
    diff
    dpkg
    e2fsprogs
    findutils
    grep
    gzip
    hostname
    login
    mount
    ncurses-base
    ncurses-bin
    perl-base
    sed
    sysvinit
    tar
    util-linux

    BTW, this is a LiveCD running on my Server hardware, in the basement with wired connection. Boot up was great! Quick and easy, YEAH!!!! Good Job Ubuntu developers!!

    Thanks,
    Michael
    aka Fuzzhead =8^)

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    Re: HOWTO: WLan via Ndiswrapper

    For the build-essential I would recommend to download the Ubuntu add-on cd, which you can find here: http://ubuntuguide.org/add-on-cd/ this is the easiest way and also you will have all kinds of multimedia appz and codecs.

    Both the build-essential and the linux-headers are available in one of the following repositories, I don't know where exactly:

    http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu
    http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu
    http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzhead
    Should I just copy the entire /usr/share/ directory onto my HDD ?
    I don't know that one, I'm to much of a n00b for that.

    Good luck!

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    Re: HOWTO: WLan via Ndiswrapper

    Quote Originally Posted by maspro
    For the build-essential I would recommend to download the Ubuntu add-on cd, which you can find here: http://ubuntuguide.org/add-on-cd/ this is the easiest way and also you will have all kinds of multimedia appz and codecs.

    Both the build-essential and the linux-headers are available in one of the following repositories, I don't know where exactly:

    http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu
    http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu
    http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu

    I don't know that one, I'm to much of a n00b for that.

    Good luck!
    I have acquire the files I think I need:
    Add On CD, and installed it, seemed to work ok
    For the Headers, I went with i386, rather than AMD64. (my other machine is an intel..so seemed to make sense to reuse the same build, seemed to work)

    I have this header file, linux-headers-2.6.10-5_2.6.10-34_i386.deb
    but need command syntax to install it.
    I tried: "sudo install linux-headers-2.6.10-5_2.6.10-34_i386.deb" but get an error
    saying too few parameters. I read the help, but it didn't make sense. Do you happen
    to know what the correct args would be,and correct directory?

    Thanks,
    Michael

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