muungwana: This might be one for you...
The dongle is an Encore Electronics ENUWI-SG 802.11G and drivers are net5523.inf and athfmwdl.inf Chipset is Atheros AR5523.
This is the next installment of a love/hate relationship with this item giving connectivity to my venerable old Compaq NX9005 laptop. Joble, bless him, got it working on 2007 after a heroic effort but that thread is now sadly no longer accessible for reference. There have been a few hiccups along the way to early this year, when I found a bargain "300m range Realtech USB dongle" to replace it with. I was seduced. It was cheap, and it was almost worth every penny. It is flakey, won't survive Hibernation, and has pot-metal contacts that need cleaning and jiggling at intervals. I want my old faithful-ish Atheros dongle back!
I plug the Atheros dongle in. No lights. I do lsusb as Root, and it is found, but returns no firmware.
I have the .inf files for both net5523 and athfmwdl, and ar5523.bin together with the other files culled from a Win driver suite.
I attempt a ndiswrapper install in Configure Your Computer> and find no device supported by the wrapper files.
Reading suggests that I need to install the firmware first. As Root, do.... What?? (command)
Muungwana, are you willing or able to walk me through getting this dongle going reliably again? Updates to ndiswrapper over the years may have removed support of course but can we try please? I'll be your friend!