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    Unable to get Wifi driver to work in Ubuntu Gnome

    I have a wireless adapter (edimax ew-7733und) that uses the Ralink RT3573 chipset driver. I extracted the file and installed it and gnome still can't detect my wireless adapter. Even though the driver comes with installation instructions I feel as if I'm missing something. I was wondering what I did wrong. Any help?
    Last edited by morrison2; September 13th, 2013 at 04:37 AM.

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    Re: Unable to get Wifi driver to work in Ubuntu Gnome

    some additional information:

    I have done the following in the terminal:

    cd Desktop
    tar -jxf driver.bz2
    make
    make install

    I don't know if the following instructions are to be done before or after the "make/make install" process. Kind of confused.




    Build Instructions:
    ====================

    1> $tar -xvzf DPB_RT2870_Linux_STA_x.x.x.x.tgz
    go to "./DPB_RT2870_Linux_STA_x.x.x.x" directory.

    2> In Makefile
    set the "MODE = STA" in Makefile and chose the TARGET to Linux by set "TARGET = LINUX"
    define the linux kernel source include file path LINUX_SRC
    modify to meet your need.

    3> In os/linux/config.mk
    define the GCC and LD of the target machine
    define the compiler flags CFLAGS
    modify to meet your need.
    ** Build for being controlled by NetworkManager or wpa_supplicant wext functions
    Please set 'HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y' and 'HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=y'.
    => #>cd wpa_supplicant-x.x
    => #>./wpa_supplicant -Dwext -ira0 -c wpa_supplicant.conf -d
    ** Build for being controlled by WpaSupplicant with Ralink Driver
    Please set 'HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y' and 'HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=n'.
    => #>cd wpa_supplicant-0.5.7
    => #>./wpa_supplicant -Dralink -ira0 -c wpa_supplicant.conf -d

    4> $make
    # compile driver source code
    # To fix "error: too few arguments to function ¡¥iwe_stream_add_event"
    => $patch -i os/linux/sta_ioctl.c.patch os/linux/sta_ioctl.c

    5> $cp RT2870STA.dat /etc/Wireless/RT2870STA/RT2870STA.dat

    6> load driver, go to "os/linux/" directory.
    #[kernel 2.4]
    # $/sbin/insmod rt2870sta.o
    # $/sbin/ifconfig ra0 inet YOUR_IP up

    #[kernel 2.6]
    # $/sbin/insmod rt2870sta.ko
    # $/sbin/ifconfig ra0 inet YOUR_IP up

    7> unload driver
    $/sbin/ifconfig ra0 down
    $/sbin/rmmod rt2870sta
    Last edited by morrison2; September 11th, 2013 at 06:33 AM.

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    Re: Unable to get Wifi driver to work in Ubuntu Gnome

    Anyone know if the 2d1211rw drive is a lot like the 2d1211 drive? Is there an updated version of the mac80211 zd1211rw?

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    Re: Unable to get Wifi driver to work in Ubuntu Gnome

    Welcome to the forums morrison !

    If you are using the driver that came 'With' the adapter, then it is most probably outdated and not compatible with the current kernels.

    Please plug in the adapter, and post back the outputs of -
    Code:
    lsb_release -d
    uname -mr
    lsusb
    lsmod | egrep 'rt2|rt3'
    While posting the outputs, please use 'Code' tags to preserve its formatting (follow the link in my signature to see how). Thanks.
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    Re: Unable to get Wifi driver to work in Ubuntu Gnome

    Quote Originally Posted by varunendra View Post
    Welcome to the forums morrison !

    If you are using the driver that came 'With' the adapter, then it is most probably outdated and not compatible with the current kernels.

    Please plug in the adapter, and post back the outputs of -
    Code:
    lsb_release -d
    uname -mr
    lsusb
    lsmod | egrep 'rt2|rt3'
    While posting the outputs, please use 'Code' tags to preserve its formatting (follow the link in my signature to see how). Thanks.

    Thank you for your warm welcoming. Yes, you're right. It seems the usb adapter I was using is not compatible with the current gnome kernels. I decided to purchase a Zyxel AG225H and had good luck with it so far, it was recognized instantly without downloading any drivers.


    When I typed in the command I received this:

    Description: Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS

    3.2.6 i686

    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 006: ID 0586:3413 ZyXEL Communications Corp. ZyAIR AG-225H v2 802.11bg
    Bus 003 Device 005: ID 0e0f:0008 VMware, Inc.
    Bus 003 Device 004: ID 0e0f:0003 VMware, Inc. Virtual Mouse
    Bus 003 Device 003: ID 0e0f:0002 VMware, Inc. Virtual USB Hub
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0e0f:0002 VMware, Inc. Virtual USB Hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0e0f:0002 VMware, Inc. Virtual USB Hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 154b:005b PNY
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

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    Re: Unable to get Wifi driver to work in Ubuntu Gnome

    So.. did you return the old one? Is the new one working fine? If so, then I guess we have nothing to solve any more

    By the way -
    Quote Originally Posted by morrison2 View Post
    Description: Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS

    3.2.6 i686
    ..is a bit outdated too.. You seem to have a newer kernel, but is not "current" actually and you won't get any updates or much support in case of issues. I'd recommend to upgrade to 12.04.3, 64 bit if your system can support it.

    If you decide to upgrade, I'd suggest to download the ISO via torrent to ensure integrity, and test it in live mode before trying to install, to check if it supports your hardware nicely or not.

    With newer kernel and packages, maybe even your earlier one might work out-of-box.
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    Re: Unable to get Wifi driver to work in Ubuntu Gnome

    thank you for the help, varunendra. I'll try that method of installing the upgrade and see if anything turns out well.

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