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How to Convert Windows Drivers to Linux

by Stephen Lilley

Drivers are an integral part of your computer. They are a type of software that allows your operating system to understand your hardware. If you're using the Linux operating system, you'll quickly find that not a lot of devices that were meant for Windows have Linux device drivers. You can, however, quickly convert a Windows driver to Linux by installing a program called NDISwrapper on your computer.

Step 1

Click "System," then click "Administration."

Step 2

Click "Synaptic Package Manager." This will open a utility that is built into Linux that is designed to allow you to download and add software to your machine. This is similar to the way "Add/Remove Programs" works in Windows.

Step 3

Type "ndiswrapper-utils" into the "Search" box. A listing of the same name will appear. Check the box next to it. Next, type "ndisgtk" into the "Search" box. A listing of the same name will appear. Check the box next to it.

Click "Apply." Both components of the NDISwrapper utility will now install themselves onto your Linux computer. Now, when you try to install a Windows driver on your computer, it will automatically be converted to a Linux-compatible equivalent.

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