Wireless card not detected

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If your hardware is not detected you could try to:

  • Make sure there is no conflict between interfaces or drivers. This can happen if e.g. you have more than one wireless card in your machine, or if two drivers get loaded for the same card. If there is, make sure only one wireless interface is checkmarked with 'Start at boot' in Network Manager/Assistant, and that only one driver is shown with "hardware present driver present" in ndiswrapper.
  • Load the appropriate native driver using the command:
modprobe drivername

For MEPIS 8.0, look in /lib/modules/2.6.27-1-mepis-smp/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/.
For MEPIS 7.0, look in /lib/modules/2.6.22-1-mepis-smp/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/.
For MEPIS 6.5, look in /lib/modules/2.6.15-27-desktop/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/.

  • Get ndiswrapper to use the Windows driver for the device in Linux. A number of drivers are supplied out of the box, which you can see with the command:
ndiswrapper -l
  • Delete all drivers as described in the section on ndiswrapper and reinstall the latest Windows driver. You will need both *.inf and *.sys files in the same directory before you install the driver with ndiswrapper.

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