I been trying to install Ubuntu and got the 64 bit edition up and running, but the only way for my Netgear wireless card was with ndiswrapper, and Netgear insists on not making any 64 bit drivers. I searched around and found this thread, which shows how to make this driver. I thought it would be easier to just put it together in zip file for easier downloading, or in case one of those sites happen to get rid of it.
Though I don’t have a x64 Windows install to test it, it should work. But I do know it works in Ubuntu 6.10 x86_64. Here’s a quick guide:
First, install ndiswrapper if you haven’t already. If you have the DVD or internet access, you should be able to go to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager, search for ‘ndiswrapper’, and install ndiswrapper, ndiswrapper-utils, and ndiswrapper-utils-1.8. If this doesn’t work, you have to download and follow the instructions from the sourceforge site.
Next, download the drivers, and extract them. Find out the path that they extracted to or copy them to an easier to access directory. I copied mine to the desktop.
Next, start up Terminal and run
sudo ndiswrapper -i ~/Desktop/WG311v3-x64/WG311v3.INF changing the ~/…/WG311v3.INF to the path of your driver. That should’ve wrapped the driver.
ndiswrapper -l to check if it did wrap it. Should return something like this:
wg311v3 driver installed, hardware present
Now to insert it, run
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
It shouldn’t return anything.
dmesg and check if it says:
ndiswrapper: driver wg311v3 loaded. If it does, it’s good.
To scan for networks, run
sudo iwlist wlan0 scan. Hopefully, it will show the available networks.
To connect, go to System > Administration > Networking, select ‘Wireless Device’, click Properties. Enter the ssid of the network you want to connect to, and if necessary, the rest of the fields. Then close the properties window, and click the box to the left of ‘Wireless Device’ to enable it.
Or, if you like the command line, run
iwconfig wlan0 essid "router_ssid" replacing router_ssid with whatever the router it is that you want to connect to. Then
iwconfig wlan0 up to enable the device.
Hope that helps.