Sunday, March 29, 2009

Auto-NDISwrapper

I just came across this project, I am not sure if it works on the Dell Inspiron 1501 but it's worth trying and leaving feedback for everyone else.

Auto-NDISwrapper: Linux Wi-Fi as easy as it can get
This program automatically looks at what Wi-Fi card you have, it disables any wireless driver currently installed, fetches the correct Windows driver from the Internet and installs it with NDISwrapper.

You can check out their Launchpad page here

You can download the package here

For help installing a tarball package

14 comments:

Ken said...

Just an FYI. I upgraded to Jaunty for my 1501, and was pleased to discover that there is now a proprietary broadcomm driver that works without NDISwrapper... and works BETTER! The signal strength to my home and work networks increased dramatically.

cosmovern said...

Ken, does the driver come w/ the OS, or did you have to download the driver first?

redDEAD said...

no cosmo its in the repositories.

Juan Jose Garcia Lau said...

Hi, is there going to be a starter guide for the new Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope?

redDEAD said...

No I moved on to www.ubuntumini.com

Middle Manager said...

Cos the driver is pre loaded. No interweb needed

Drew Martell said...

@Juan

Jaunty does work well out of the box, most of the 8.10 articles here will apply for 9.04. Just open the Hardware Driver Manager and enable your WiFi and you're set.

Donald J Organ IV said...

Has anyone been able to get decent graphics working on jaunty or even 9.10??

matt john said...

very useful operating system, i installed it on my PC, and i am doing a+ certification.

nik said...

hey,

auto-ndis wrapper isn't much use for 9.10. the first time i usedit, but the second time i installed 9.10 i didn't and the internet was way better. it just worked out of the box. so i'd say, don't use "Auto-NDISwrapper".

i am however having both audio and graphics problems with 9.10. and the new amorok killed my creative zen mp3 player. so mostly my 1501 works really well with 9.10, but there are still some really annoying problems. it would be really cool to have a space somewhere on this blog where users could write about new issues and give each other tips.

Mr. PC said...

I've installed 9.10 on my inspiration 1501, I activated the hardware in the hardware manager, but still there is no wireless.
There is no icon on my toolbar or anything. Anyone know? I can't really use Ubuntu without wireless so I'm currently trapped in WINDOWS!!!

Mr. PC said...

I've installed 9.10 on my inspiration 1501, I activated the hardware in the hardware manager, but still there is no wireless.
There is no icon on my toolbar or anything. Anyone know? I can't really use Ubuntu without wireless so I'm currently trapped in WINDOWS!!!

Drew Martell said...

I'm a computer consultant and I'm telling you, the 1501 is the greatest gift to man kind. Auto-NDISwrapper makes it much easier to get Wifi working each time I format with a new Ubuntu release. I just installed the latest 10.4 and wireless runs great!

Thanks!

Cheers from California!

Lev Lafayette said...

The following post is very handy for those who are still using the 1501 and want to get wireless working

http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=8510764&postcount=12