[ubuntu] How to "claim" a wireless card

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Just got a new compaq presario cq57. I've been trying all day to get the wireless working. So far i've come up with pretty much no results. i've gotten ndiswrapper and the driver for my card, and it recognizes the hardware, but the wireless card is still coming up unclaimed. I've been reading every post and how-to guide i've come across, but they haven't gotten me anywhere. I know that the wireless card works, I was using it yesterday when I had windows installed. Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 8176 (rev 01) 10ec:8176 iwconfig only comes up with "lo (Hardware)