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    Linkys AE2500 USB Adapter Not Working

    Hi, I am a total Linux noob and I cannot get my Linkys AE2500 USB Adapter working. As far as I know, Linkys does not have drivers for Linux.
    Whenever I used it with Windows XP, it worked (blue light turned on on the USB Adapter.)

    Is there any way I can get it working with Ubuntu 11.04?

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    Re: Linkys AE2500 USB Adapter Not Working

    Please open a terminal and run and post:
    Code:
    lsusb
    That will give us some details about the device and we can proceed.

    Here is a note to searchers: http://www.wikidevi.com/wiki/Linksys_AE2500

    bcmwlhigh5.inf??
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    Re: Linkys AE2500 USB Adapter Not Working

    I just bought an AE2500 and it does not work for me either.

    lsusb shows:
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 13b1:003a Linksys

    dmesg shows just one relevant line:
    [125747.902669] usb 2-2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3

    After lots of Google'ing it seems the only possible option is Ndiswrapper. I'm going to return my AE2500 and try to find something with native Linux support.

    -Farrell

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    Re: Linkys AE2500 USB Adapter Not Working

    I have the same model AE 2500.
    I get : 13b1:003a during lsusb
    I have tried ndiswrapper with the different inf files provided with the windows driver cd.
    But I had no success.

    Has any body had any luck?

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    Re: Linkys AE2500 USB Adapter Not Working

    I got the Vista driver to install in ndiswrapper. It looks installed although I'm getting this error and it doesn't work.

    from dmesg:
    Code:
    ndiswrapper (load_sys_files:206): couldn't prepare driver 'bcmwlhigh6'
    [  380.924770] ndiswrapper (load_wrap_driver:108): couldn't load driver bcmwlhigh6; check system log for messages from 'loadndisdriver'
    but ndiswrapper -l
    Code:
    bcmwlhigh6 : driver installed
    	device (13B1:003A) present

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    Re: Linkys AE2500 USB Adapter Not Working

    I got the Vista driver to install in ndiswrapper.
    Here is what man ndiswrapper-1.9 says:
    DESCRIPTION
    ndiswrapper is two parts: user space tool that is used to install Windows XP drivers and kernel module to load the Windows XP drivers. Both are called ndiswrapper.
    Would you please try the XP .inf and .sys files?
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    Re: Linkys AE2500 USB Adapter Not Working

    When trying to install the XP driver:
    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwlhigh5.inf
    installing bcmwlhigh5 ...
    couldn't find section "Linksys_AE1200.files.NTamd64" -
    installation may be incomplete
    couldn't find section "Linksys_AE2500.files.NTamd64" -
    installation may be incomplete
    Only the Vista driver (Win7 driver has the same error as XP) installed.

    I seem to have skipped some errors from dmesg

    Code:
    [  940.283723] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: ntoskrnl.exe:'IoUnregisterPlugPlayNotification'
    [  940.283729] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: ntoskrnl.exe:'IoRegisterPlugPlayNotification'
    [  940.283742] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisAllocateIoWorkItem'
    [  940.283745] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisQueueIoWorkItem'
    [  940.283748] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisMSendNetBufferListsComplete'
    [  940.283751] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisMIndicateReceiveNetBufferLists'
    [  940.283754] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisFreeIoWorkItem'
    [  940.283757] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisMSetMiniportAttributes'
    [  940.283762] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisMDeregisterMiniportDriver'
    [  940.283765] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisMResetComplete'
    [  940.283768] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisMPauseComplete'
    [  940.283771] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisAllocateNetBufferListPool'
    [  940.283776] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisMOidRequestComplete'
    [  940.283779] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisFreeNetBufferListPool'
    [  940.283783] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisMRegisterMiniportDriver'
    [  940.283786] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisOpenConfigurationEx'
    [  940.283789] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisSetTimerObject'
    [  940.283792] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisAllocateTimerObject'
    [  940.283795] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisCancelTimerObject'
    [  940.283798] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisFreeNetBufferList'
    [  940.283802] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisMIndicateStatusEx'
    [  940.283806] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisGetSystemUpTimeEx'
    [  940.283809] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisAllocateNetBufferAndNetBufferList'
    [  940.283812] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisAllocateMdl'
    [  940.283815] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisFreeMdl'
    [  940.283821] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisMGetBusData'
    [  940.283829] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisFreeTimerObject'
    [  940.283832] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: NDIS.SYS:'NdisAllocateMemoryWithTagPriority'
    [  940.283836] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: WDFLDR.SYS:'WdfVersionBind'
    [  940.283839] ndiswrapper (import:233): unknown symbol: WDFLDR.SYS:'WdfVersionUnbind'
    [  940.283840] ndiswrapper (load_sys_files:206): couldn't prepare driver 'bcmwlhigh6'
    [  940.284192] ndiswrapper (load_wrap_driver:108): couldn't load driver bcmwlhigh6; check system log for messages from 'loadndisdriver'
    Last edited by moffa; August 17th, 2011 at 12:01 AM. Reason: Add info, typo

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    Re: Linkys AE2500 USB Adapter Not Working

    This might be fun...or not. May I see:
    Code:
    uname -r
    ndiswrapper -v
    Was the .sys file in the same directory when you installed the .inf?
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    Re: Linkys AE2500 USB Adapter Not Working

    uname -r
    Code:
    2.6.38-11-generic
    ndiswrapper -v
    Code:
    utils version: '1.9', utils version needed by module: '1.9'
    module details:
    filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.38-11-generic/kernel/ubuntu/ndiswrapper/ndiswrapper.ko
    version:        1.56
    vermagic:       2.6.38-11-generic SMP mod_unload modversions
    Yes, the sys file was in the same directory as the inf

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    Re: Linkys AE2500 USB Adapter Not Working

    Is this a compiled version of ndiswrapper? I thought the default version in Natty was 1.55.
    couldn't find section "Linksys_AE1200.files.NTamd64" -
    I wonder where this comes from; you don't have a 64-bit system. Did you inadvertantly grab the x64 .inf and .sys?
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