I reinstalled Ubuntu completely last night, and took the opportunity to go to AMD64 mode. I had to sacrifice the cheapo ndiswrapper wireless card, so am now running a switch off the wireless bridge. So it works now!
It looks like Perl really doesn’t like 64-bit. CPAN‘s having difficulty building.
I’ve finally got rid of the ethernet cable that snaked across the kitchen floor to this linux box. A cheapo wireless PCI card (TRENDnet TEW-423PI, from CWO) plus ndiswrapper, and we’re laughing.
How driver installation for any hardware should be (and with ndiswrapper, is):
- plug in hardware (in this case, a SMC2862W-G USB wireless adaptor)
- wave magic wand at the driver
- enjoy your network