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April 24th, 2008, 11:30 AM
hey guys,
i have a sorta old laptop with a wireless card, not an inbuilt one. and the manufacturer doesnt have linux version of the drivers needed... the ubuntu knows that the card is there, it just doesnt know what to do with it...

any tips please?

April 24th, 2008, 11:50 AM
Can you give more info? Brand and model, and whatever Ubuntu tells you about it?

April 24th, 2008, 12:08 PM
okay, i live in Australia, and i got the computer from a company called protac.

the manufacturer for the card is "Marvel"
finding it in the hardware info

ubuntu regognizes that its there...
device says "88w8335 [Libertas] 802.11b/g Wireless"
and status says "status"
but the capibilities and device type are both unknown


April 24th, 2008, 12:11 PM
Please pst results of:

cat /etc/network/interfaces
sudo hwlist

and right after a boot:

sudo dmesg

April 24th, 2008, 12:12 PM
do you have a windoze driver for the device? I would suggest using ndiswrapper, there are a lot of tutorials on the www.

April 24th, 2008, 12:26 PM
yeah i do,
yeah thanks alot... ill hit back if i cant seem to figure it out, but thankyou big step in the right direction

April 24th, 2008, 12:56 PM
yeah i do,
yeah thanks alot... ill hit back if i cant seem to figure it out, but thankyou big step in the right direction
make sure to install it from the repos (sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper), not compile :)

April 24th, 2008, 12:58 PM
the problem im getting is

john@ubuntu:/$ ndiswrapper -i ~/Desktop/Mrv8000c.inf
couldn't create /etc/ndiswrapper/mrv8000c: Permission denied at /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper-1.9 line 152.

uhhh? i dont know how do i change this so im root user?

April 24th, 2008, 01:14 PM
sudo ndiswrapper -i ~/Desktop/Mrv8000c.inf

April 24th, 2008, 01:33 PM
sorry, im still noob lol
ill pick it up eventually...

john@ubuntu:~$ ndiswrapper -l
mrv8000c : driver installed
device (11AB:1FAA) present

but when i look at the hardware info again... it still has the same as my previous post

April 24th, 2008, 01:57 PM
you need to put sudo in front of the command. Make sure to load the ndiswrapper module using sudo modprobe ndiswrapper.

April 24th, 2008, 02:12 PM
and add the word ndiswrapper to the end of the /etc/modules file (gksu gedit /etc/modules)

April 24th, 2008, 02:41 PM
thankyou to everyone who helped especally marufaberlin & twright

i still have alot to learn... teach me

April 24th, 2008, 11:10 PM
Hi all, first post on here, is it ok if i hijack the end of this post, as it is sofar identical to my situation, i have followed it to the end, but i cant see whether mine is working or not... i am a total newb. i really would appreciate any help with this, just tell me what info you need.


Actually.. scratch that, inasmuch as its now identical to ja660k's post ie it works!! :D