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I am running Slacko Puppy v5.3.1 and am trying to use my Wifi dongle with it.

I have a Windows .inf file for the driver for my USB dongle. I used the Puppy network wizard to load the driver using ndiswrapper. It all seemed to be going well until I tried to configure my wireless network. The network is detected but I cannot connect. I cannot figure out why. Any suggestions?

Note: the installation CD came with code for Linux but I am having trouble trying this option, too.

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Please give more details: Exact distribution and version, x86 or x86_64, what kind of USB dongle is it (make, model, what does lsusb(1) say). – vonbrand Mar 14 '13 at 23:14
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I have not found ndiswrapper with Windows drivers to be consistently reliable for wireless adapters on Linux. Likely the driver is not functioning 100% properly when wrapped. Frankly, it's tough to wrap a driver meant for one OS to function smoothly on another, because drivers are so low-level—i.e. they exist at a level of abstraction in which differences between OSes are marked. Confirm that your Wifi dongle is known to work with the ndiswrapper driver you are using, or better yet, concentrate your effort on getting the native driver to compile.

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