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    My USB wifi dongle doesn't work on Ubuntu 8.10 and later!

    When I first started using Ubuntu (8.04) on my laptop, the first thing I noticed was that the built in WiFi doesn't work. This was remedied by buying a USB WiFi dongle.

    I bought the LM001 dongle from "LM-Technologies", and on kernels 2.6.x and 2.4.x the drivers are supposed to compile cleanly, however upon upgrading to 8.10 (on the day of release, foolishly without first trying the LiveCD) I found the drivers no longer compile. The same is true of Debian Lenny.

    I have tried to track down newer drivers and/or firmware, however Google returns very little useful information (even when using Google Linux)

    If anyone else has had a similiar problem and has found a solution can you please post it here?

    lsusb shows:
    Code:
    Bus 007 Device 002: ID 0ace:1215 ZyDAS WLA-54L WiFi
    The product page (which only provides Windows drivers) is here.

    The drivers which came with the dongle, and the user guide are below.
    Attached Files Attached Files
    Last edited by calrogman; March 29th, 2009 at 07:25 PM. Reason: More information added, uploaded drivers.

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    Re: My USB wifi dongle doesn't work on Ubuntu 8.10 and later!

    I wonder if this works with the in-built module, zd1211rw. Please do:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe zd1211rw
    Did your dongle spring to life?
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    Re: My USB wifi dongle doesn't work on Ubuntu 8.10 and later!

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    I wonder if this works with the in-built module, zd1211rw. Please do:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe zd1211rw
    Did your dongle spring to life?
    Running this from inside a Xubuntu 9.04b virtual machine, with USB passthrough enabled doesn't do anything other than cause "iwlist scan" to hang until interrupted.

    I'll try again once I burn to a CD and boot from that directly.
    Last edited by calrogman; March 29th, 2009 at 09:00 PM.

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    Re: My USB wifi dongle doesn't work on Ubuntu 8.10 and later!

    Ubuntu 9.04 from CD non-virtualised doesn't work either.
    Might need to track down some newer firmware.

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    Re: My USB wifi dongle doesn't work on Ubuntu 8.10 and later!

    I believe a newer zd1211rw may be in linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic. Can you please install that?
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    Re: My USB wifi dongle doesn't work on Ubuntu 8.10 and later!

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    I believe a newer zd1211rw may be in linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic. Can you please install that?
    That would make more sense if I was running Intrepid instead of 9.04b.
    After installing linux-backports-modules-jaunty-generic and running
    Code:
    modprobe zd1211rw
    Code:
    ifconfig wlan0 up
    complains of a timeout error.

    Really hope I can get this working, I love 9.04 but if I can't get the wifi working it won't be touching my HDD.

    Last edited by calrogman; March 30th, 2009 at 03:49 PM.

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    Re: My USB wifi dongle doesn't work on Ubuntu 8.10 and later!

    complains of a timeout error.
    Times out trying to get an IP address or what? At least we have signs of life, pulse, breath, etc.

    It would help to know more. Are you using Network Manager or manual configuration? Are you certain the interface is wlan0? Did you tell it what ESSID you wish to connect to?
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    Re: My USB wifi dongle doesn't work on Ubuntu 8.10 and later!

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Times out trying to get an IP address or what? At least we have signs of life, pulse, breath, etc.

    It would help to know more. Are you using Network Manager or manual configuration? Are you certain the interface is wlan0? Did you tell it what ESSID you wish to connect to?
    When I run
    Code:
    ifconfig wlan0 up
    I get a message stating "SIOCSIFFLAGS: Timeout Error" or something along those lines, and the firmware doesn't load.

    I'll check that I've got that error message right as soon as I have a chance.

    I am certain the interface is wlan0 and I use manual configuration as I find the network manager to be very buggy.

    I didn't get a chance to give it an essid to connect to as the interface won't "go up".
    Last edited by calrogman; April 2nd, 2009 at 06:26 PM.

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    Re: My USB wifi dongle doesn't work on Ubuntu 8.10 and later!

    I am certain the interface is wlan0
    One way to be sure is to run:
    Code:
    iwconfig
    See which interface has all the details.
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    Re: My USB wifi dongle doesn't work on Ubuntu 8.10 and later!

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    One way to be sure is to run:
    Code:
    iwconfig
    See which interface has all the details.
    Quote Originally Posted by calrogman View Post
    the interface is wlan0
    *facepalm*

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