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I could use some assistance to trying to get a Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual-Band USB Adapter to work on a Dell Inspiron 1525 with 64-Bit Ubuntu 12.04. The device won't work out of the box. Tried to go the NDISWrapper route, but using the GUI, received the following message:

Module could not be loaded. Error was:
FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.
Is the ndiswrapper module installed?

Despite the fact that it showed up listed in the GUI, the device still did not function properly.

How should I proceed from here?

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At this point, it looks like one solution is to build and install ndiswrapper from source. I refer you to Brian Zier's "Getting the Belkin N600 DB to work on Ubuntu" guide:

Uninstall the built-in ndiswrapper and clean up any configuration you previously had:

sudo apt-get remove --purge ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 ndisgtk
sudo rm /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/ubuntu/ndiswrapper/ndiswrapper.ko
sudo rm /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper.conf
sudo rm -r /etc/ndiswrapper/*

Next, build ndiswrapper from source:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/ndiswrapper/stable/ndiswrapper-1.57.tar.gz
tar -xvf ndiswrapper-1.57.tar.gz
cd ndiswrapper-1.57
sudo make install
sudo depmod -a
sudo update-initramfs -u

This also works with ndiswrapper-1.58

Disclaimer: While the excerpt above has gotten me past the issues with ndiswrapper itself, I haven't yet been able to complete the whole guide as to get the N600 working properly with my own WiFi, which I suspect may be due to my router's configuration. Your mileage may vary.

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