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zib_redlektab
April 26th, 2008, 03:46 AM
I just installed 8.04 on my Desktop machine, which has a PCI wifi card with the Realtek 8185 on it. As far as I can tell, Ubuntu thinks it's an ethernet controller. I have no other way to get internet on that computer...All the pages I've found talking about the 8185 recommend using ndiswrapper, but since I don't have internet I can't install that :(

Does anyone have any suggestions? :confused: Last time I really used Ubuntu was Hoary, so I've lost most of what I used to know, unfortunately...

Claan22
April 26th, 2008, 05:35 AM
I also have a Realtek 8185, and can't get it to work properly with Ubuntu.

Forgive my lack of terminology, but when I go into network settings, it only shows options for an ethernet port and something else that isn't useful to me, but not for my wireless card.

According to Device Manager in Vista, it's a Realtek 8185 Extensible 802.11b/g wireless device.

Strange that somebody else would have the same problem at the same time as me...

jimv
April 26th, 2008, 07:36 AM
Hey, I had the same issue with the RTL 8185 Extensible card...is this a Gateway laptop?

Anyway, here's a blog post that I wrote up about how I got the card to work using NdisWrapper:

http://jimvernon.com/archives/53

Also, if you cannot get onto the internet via wifi, you can try temporarily plugging your computer straight into your router/modem via an ethernet cable. Then you can get NdisWrapper. OR you can download the files manually here and copy them to your computer with a thumbdrive (get them both):

http://packages.ubuntu.com/hardy/ndiswrapper-common
http://packages.ubuntu.com/hardy/misc/ndiswrapper-utils-1.9

zib_redlektab
April 26th, 2008, 02:33 PM
Ok yeah, I did that, and it still says I only have a wired connection. :confused:

running ifconfig gives me eth0, eth0:avahi, and lo...

Claan22
April 26th, 2008, 06:51 PM
Hey, I had the same issue with the RTL 8185 Extensible card...is this a Gateway laptop?

Anyway, here's a blog post that I wrote up about how I got the card to work using NdisWrapper:

http://jimvernon.com/archives/53

Also, if you cannot get onto the internet via wifi, you can try temporarily plugging your computer straight into your router/modem via an ethernet cable. Then you can get NdisWrapper. OR you can download the files manually here and copy them to your computer with a thumbdrive (get them both):

http://packages.ubuntu.com/hardy/ndiswrapper-common
http://packages.ubuntu.com/hardy/misc/ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
It didn't work for me.

And when I type 'ipconfig' it says 'bash: no such command'.

zib_redlektab
April 26th, 2008, 07:09 PM
make that ifconfig, not ip ;)

Claan22
April 26th, 2008, 08:28 PM
make that ifconfig, not ip ;)

Ah, sorry, been usin Windows too long I guess.

When I do 'ifconfig', I get eth0 and lo.

hansjuuh
May 6th, 2008, 09:20 AM
(I have this problem too.)

So by installing the files from ndiswrapper, the wifi card will work?

Claan22
May 6th, 2008, 03:23 PM
(I have this problem too.)

So by installing the files from ndiswrapper, the wifi card will work?

It doesn't for me. It says that the hardware and the driver are present, but I still can't use it to connect in Ubuntu.

I'd really like to be able to use Ubuntu more, but without a wifi card it's easier to just use Vista.

nxain
May 7th, 2008, 02:09 AM
I haven't figure this out either. Installation went fine and the ndiswrapper says the hardware is there. But, I can't seem to figure out how to get ubuntu to turn on the card.

jimv
May 7th, 2008, 07:56 PM
You tried

sudo modprobe ndiswrapper?

yfronto
May 8th, 2008, 02:43 AM
I haven't figure this out either. Installation went fine and the ndiswrapper says the hardware is there. But, I can't seem to figure out how to get ubuntu to turn on the card.

So when you run ifconfig, you're seeing the wlan interface? Perhaps you just need a frontend package like 'wlassistant' to help you out.

issih
September 23rd, 2008, 05:03 PM
Edit - wrong thread sorry