Help w/ wireless on Dell Latitude D520

Donn donn.ingle at
Mon Feb 5 07:36:52 UTC 2007

Speaking of ndiswrapper - here is some help on the forum I have not tried (for 
time) yet but was in answer to my question about my USB modem stick. It seems 
generic, though, might work for a pcmcia card too:

I'm runing on Ubuntu 6.10 with that usb adapter, using ndiswrapper.

This is how i made it work:

1. Get the driver. I got mine from SMC Networks:

2. Unpack the driver somwhere like in home dir.

3. Install ndiswrapper (use terminal or synaptic package manager), and the 
windows driver through NDISWrapper
Im using the terminal:
sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.8
cd /where_you_unpacked_the_driver/ (if there's subfolder for OS go there, i 
used the WinXp folder)
sudo ndiswrapper -i SMC2862W.inf (This should be the name of the Windows INF 
file in the folder)
sudo ndiswrapper -l (shows if the driver is installed) Mine looks like 
this "smc2862w driver installed, hardware present"
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper (this inserts the module in the kernel)
sudo ndiswrapper -m (this creates a default entry for ndiswrapper 
in /etc/modprobe.d/)

4. Get the Network Manager package (is use gnome)
sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome

5. Reboot

If all went well you should now have an additional applet in the top bar that 
displays the a list of WLANS in the area, or you can select add one (if ssid 
is hidden)


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