View Full Version : [ubuntu] Ralink rt2870 driver / wireless usb adapter
January 17th, 2009, 03:23 AM
i just bought a Belkin wireless USB adapter, which uses rt2870 driver. I'm fairly new to Ubuntu, and need some detailed help/instructions as to how to make this work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
January 17th, 2009, 03:43 AM
Some models of the MSI Wind U100 also use the Ralink RT2860 driver, so have a read of the instructions in the "Ralink RT2860 wifi" section of the following page and see if that works (I can not be 100% sure as there may be a subtle difference with the Belkin USB adapter).
January 19th, 2009, 08:10 AM
I found the correct driver from the ralink site (rt2870) and have it saved just on the desktop of the machine in question. I guess I just need instruction on where to go from here. Ubuntu is still somewhat foreign to me still at this point. I am using 8.04
January 19th, 2009, 08:38 AM
I don't have a 8.04 system in front of me, so take this with a grain of salt, but the following should work:
1. Make sure you have the build-essential package and the linux headers for your kernel installed
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
2. Follow the instructions listed at this previous forum posting:
January 19th, 2009, 09:09 AM
Ok. recieving an error stating that build essentials / linux headers not installed.. and cannot get online to reslove this.....aargghhh
January 19th, 2009, 11:16 PM
I managed to get the wireless usb working by using the windows drivers provided on the install cd using ndiswrapper / ndisgtk. I've read both good and bad about going about it this way, but it seems to be working ok. Thanks for all your help.
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