Wednesday, November 05, 2008

ndiswrapper rocks!!!

Last week my laptop's built in Ethernet interface conked. So I went to Frys and bought a cheap Trendnet TU-ET100C USB-Lan adapter. Dang! there was no linux driver available.

I heard good things about how ndiswrapper miraculously loaded wlan NDIS drivers. Though I was skeptical I thought what the heck. Here is what I did

Downloaded the latest stable ndiswrapper version 1.53
tar zxvf ndiswrapper-1.53.tar.gz

Followed the installation instructions
sudo make uninstall
sudo make
sudo make install

Connected the trendnet USB-Lan device

lsusb command returned
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 0ac8:c002 Z-Star Microelectronics Corp.
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 07a6:8511 ADMtek, Inc. ADM8511 Pegasus II Ethernet
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

Ignore the Z-Star. It is my external fan for my hot sony vaio
Next I downloaded the windows XP driver from Trendnet web site.
sudo ndiswrapper -i NET8511.INF

I ran the command to check the installation went fine
ndiswrapper -l
net8511 : driver installed
device (07A6:8511) present (alternate driver: pegasus)

I plugged the cable and here I am blogging about it..

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