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    Default Requesting "dellnic.inf" driver for Dell Wirells 1450

    I have just starting trying to learn the Basics of Backtrack, but have run into a snag with getting my wireless adapter working. I am using a USB Dell Wireless 1450 wireless adapter. After some research, it appears that this adapter will work utilizing ndiswrapper, but I do not have the original driver disc. I have downloaded a few different versions of the driver from Dell's site, but none of them contain the dellnic.inf file that is required to get this adapter working.After a few hours of searching the net in vain for this file, I am starting to believe that it simply is not available for download. From what I have read, this file was included on the original driver disc for multiple dell wireless usb adapters. If anyone has this file, or if they know of a place that I could get it from, it would be very awesome of them if they could send it to me.

    Thank You!

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    Default Re: Requesting "dellnic.inf" driver for Dell Wirells 1450

    I don't want to disappoint you or anything but the ".inf" file extension is used by MS windows and I am pretty sure it won't work with Linux
    As for it's location
    Dell Wireless 1450 driver - Google Search
    shows lots of places including dells own site.
    As for ubuntu
    Dell Wireless 1450 driver ubuntu - Google Search
    shows lots of info including number one at ubuntu.

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    Default Re: Requesting "dellnic.inf" driver for Dell Wirells 1450

    I understand that .inf is for Windows, but isn't that the entire point of ndiswrapper, it uses the Windows drivers and "wraps" them for use in Linux?

    As I mentioned in my post, I DID find multiple versions of the Windows drivers for this adapter. I suppose I should have mentioned that after extracting the .exe file, the .inf and .sys files are not there. I am referring to the ndiswrapper wiki database on adapters that have been proven to work with Linux to reference which file I need. ndiswrapper wiki
    Whoever added this adapter to the wiki was able to get it working under Fedora. Yes, it's a different distro, but I was hoping it would work on Backtrack as well.

    The 2nd link you provided, the one to the "Ubuntu driver" actually instructs to use ndiswrapper AND the .inf file.

    Is my understanding of ndiswrapper wrong?

    Here are the files that I was able to extract from the .exe driver install for my adapter.
    ctor.dll
    DotNetInstaller
    IKernal.dll
    iKernel.rgs
    IScript.dll
    ISProBE9x
    ISProBENT
    IUser.dll
    objectps.dll

    As you can see, there are no .sys or .inf files.

    Any thoughts from anyone?

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    Default Re: Requesting "dellnic.inf" driver for Dell Wirells 1450

    Yeah I apologize, I misread your first post.
    Did you try any of the other links above like this one
    Having trouble connecting to internet using Ubuntu 7.10 with Dell wireless 1450 - LinuxQuestions.org
    I don't know anything about this driver, all of my cards are compatible. However based on my bit of research you are in a hit or miss type situation with this.
    It might be easier to buy a compatible usb card and go from there.
    Follow the above link with a clean install. Also after the weekend break there will be more members who can speak up and offer more advice about the card maybe.

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    Default Re: Requesting "dellnic.inf" driver for Dell Wirells 1450

    Quote Originally Posted by Archangel.Amael View Post
    It might be easier to buy a compatible usb card and go from there..
    Yes, after fighting for an entire weekend with both my usb and internal adapters, I gave up and ordered an Alpha last night.

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