View Full Version : [SOLVED] Newbie wireless setup problem

March 30th, 2010, 09:49 PM
Ubuntu 9.10
Belkin USB wireless adapter F5D8053 - this is not being detected by Ubuntu.

I have been to https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Device/Belkin%20F5D8053 for help and am trying to follow its advice. I have downloaded the Belkin driver OK (to a Windows system) but can't install Wine because apparently it's not included in Ubuntu 9.10 (according to http://www.pendrivelinux.com/installing-wine-on-ubuntu-9-10/ ) and I can't download the Wine package to my Ubuntu system because I obviously have no internet access yet!

Where do I go from here, please?

March 30th, 2010, 10:14 PM
From the link you gave us:
$ sudo ndiswrapper -i rt2870.inf 2870? Did someone say 2870?? We have a 2870 driver native in Ubuntu, it's called rt2870sta. Let's see if your card is actually compatible. Please insert the device, open a terminal and do:
lsusbPost the result and we will try to get you going quickly.

March 30th, 2010, 10:35 PM
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 050d:815c Belkin Components

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Bus 002 Device 002: ID 046d:c505 Logitech, Inc. Cordless Mouse+Keyboard Receiver

Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

Thank you!

March 30th, 2010, 10:50 PM
This might be your lucky day. rt2870sta does indeed support your device; however, rt2800usb does also. They often fight for wireless domination and refuse to work correctly. Let's throw rt2800usb out of school for fighting. We'll add him to the blacklist. Remove the device and open a terminal and do:
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.confThe text editor gedit will open. Add a new line:
blacklist rt2800usbProofread carefully, save and close gedit. Now do:
sudo su
echo rt2870sta >> /etc/modules
exitNow reboot and insert the device. Is your wireless working now?

March 30th, 2010, 11:05 PM
Well, the device is flashing periodically in a very healthy way (which is much more than it did before) but the icon at the top of the screen is still reporting "No network connection".

March 30th, 2010, 11:09 PM
It helps if I actually click on the icon! Now it's showing my router as available and asking for a password - looks like I (or rather you!) have cracked it!

Many thanks!

March 30th, 2010, 11:25 PM
I was happy to help; the searchers will be happy, too.