Okay so it’s taken a while to get this working, but it finally is! If you need to get an Abit AirPace Wi-Fi card working in 64-bit Ubuntu server (with no gui tools) this is how you do it.
First you need to install ndiswrapper:
sudo aptitude install ndiswrapper-utils sudo aptitude install ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 sudo aptitude install ndisgtk
Now you need to download the actual 64-bit driver. As there is no official one I’ve used this one: ar5007eg-64-0.2.tar.gz
Extract the drivers to a folder that won’t get deleted. I’ve put mine in /etc/wireless_driver
Now install the driver:
sudo ndiswrapper -i net5211.inf sudo ndiswrapper -m
If you do a sudo iwconfig you should see the interface now listed.
Now you need to install the following tools:
sudo aptitude install wireless-tools sudo aptitude install wpasupplicant
The next step will be to associate the card with your AP. I’m using WPA2 on mine so this is how I did mine. The first thing you need to do is get your SSID password converted into hex.
sudo wpa_passphrase "SSID" "Passphrase"
Substitute SSID and Passphrase for your actual SSID and password (Ignore the inverted commas themselves). The output will give you a long hex password like so:
save this password as you’ll need it in just a bit. N.B. Try not to have a SSID with spaces or a password with special characters. If you do then enter the password with a break character first. The backslash is the break character. This will need to be placed in front of every special character you have when entering your password
Edit your interfaces startup file like so:
sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces
This is my config, you’ll need to change the SSID and Passphrase to your own
# The loopback network interface auto lo iface lo inet loopback # The primary network interface auto eth0 iface eth0 inet dhcp #The wireless interface auto wlan0 iface wlan0 inet dhcp wpa-ssid "SSID" wpa-ap-scan 1 wpa-key-mgmt WPA-PSK wpa-psk "Passphrase we created earlier"
Now we just need to restart the network and everything should be ok:
sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
You should see the interface in both ifconfig and iwconfig