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    Question how to run a dos/windows executable?

    i will install ubuntu (netbook remix 9.04) as soon as i can figure this out, i have a built in mobile broadband card, a dell5530broadband modem something-or-other. it connects through vodafone UK. (DELL mini 9)

    but it doesnt seem to ever get a signal or be able to connect, it was like this some time ago on windows xp before i re-installed the VMC (Vodafone Mobile Connect) software.

    now it does work (on windows), i have run ubuntu form the cd and copied the VMC setup onto ubuntu desktop and double-clicked expecting it to run but it opened in archive manager instead with the following message:


    [/home/ubuntu/Desktop/setup_vmc10523RP11.exe]
    End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
    a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
    latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
    the last disk(s) of this archive.
    note: /home/ubuntu/Desktop/setup_vmc10523RP11.exe may be a plain executable, not an archive
    zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /home/ubuntu/Desktop/setup_vmc10523RP11.exe or
    /home/ubuntu/Desktop/setup_vmc10523RP11.exe.zip, and cannot find /home/ubuntu/Desktop/setup_vmc10523RP11.exe.ZIP, period.


    when i removed the archive from the apps list to use for opening files and double-clicked it said that there was nothing installed to run a DOS/Windows executable.

    is there something i can install or is this software just not compatible with a live cd of desktop edition 9.04?

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    Re: how to run a dos/windows executable?

    Wine works under Ubuntu, from what I've been told. I've only used it under Fedora however, so I have no personal experience.

    There's a lot of documentation and help at WineHQ

    Wine will allow you to run a fair number of Windows programs on Linux. Dosbox will allow you to run many DOS programs.

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    Re: how to run a dos/windows executable?

    WINE?

    huh, i thought that was just for games,

    cheers, ill run the cd again get it and see if that sorts it out, then ill install ubuntu


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    Re: how to run a dos/windows executable?

    Linux doesn't know about .exe. There is a program called Wine for installing Win software, but it's not what you need. What you need is ndiswraper. It's a program that you provide with .inf file of your Win wireless driver.

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    Re: how to run a dos/windows executable?

    Quote Originally Posted by ivanvajar View Post
    There is a program called Wine for installing Win software, but it's not what you need. What you need is ndiswraper. It's a program that you provide with .inf file of your Win wireless driver.
    okay, i get ndis, wrap the inf, then what? use wine to install software still then wrap?

    could you walk me throuhg its use?

    thanks

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    Re: how to run a dos/windows executable?

    When you provide .inf, ndis will install Win driver. No further action needed but restart. Also, check if your WiFi is ON.

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    Re: how to run a dos/windows executable?

    aah, cheers

    ill get that done now

    thanks

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    Re: how to run a dos/windows executable?

    If you don't have this program installed, open Terminal (Applications/Accessories/Terminal and type:
    sudo apt-cdrom add
    then
    sudo apt-get install ndisgtk

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    Re: how to run a dos/windows executable?

    After installation, System/Administration/Windows Wireless Drivers

    <install new driver> and find *.inf of driver

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    Re: how to run a dos/windows executable?

    thanks, ive got the cd of ubuntu desktop 9.04, ill install that tonight and install netbook remix later



    got the cd from shipit.ubuntu

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