ndiswrapper questions

D. R. Evans doc.evans at gmail.com
Fri Mar 28 00:08:21 UTC 2008


Having got gutsy installed on my new laptop, I found that it wasn't seeing
the wireless.

After a lot of googling and trying things, I discovered that the wifi
device is a Realtek RTL8187B, which is not a supported device in the gutsy

So I:

1. downloaded the WinXP driver for the device from (it's the file RTL8187B_driver_only.zip

2. Unzipping that file produces a bunch of directories, the WinXP one of
which contains the net8187b.inf file.

3. I installed that with the command:
  ndiswrapper -i net8187b.inf

4. That created the expected /etc/ndiswrapper/net8187b directory;
everything seemed to go fine.

5. I checked the devid of the chip with "lsusb", and the response was that
the devid was 0bda:8197.

6. I executed:
  ndiswrapper -a 0bda:8197 net8187b.

7. That seemed to execute fine.

8. So now what? How do I actually access and/or configure the wifi network?
In fact, how do I even find out that everything really has installed correctly?


PS This took me all afternoon :-( But I *think* it was all the right things
to do.

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