View Full Version : [ubuntu] Installing a Wi-Fi dongle - installing drivers problems

Gamer Boy
January 12th, 2013, 08:48 PM
I'm a total beginner using Ubuntu12.4.1

I've purchased a wi-fi dongle that I want to install it. There are some drivers on a CD that was supplied with it, but looking around launchpad, I've also found links to zip-files of drivers for the dongle I use.

What I don't know is how you open these zip files and install the drivers.

I also don't know if I've done anything damaging in my try-anything previous attempts to unzip and install them.

My PC can clearly *see* the dongle as it allows me to see the wifi network in my home - but every attempt to log on to it fails.

Running lsb_release -a; uname -a; lsusb in Terminal gives me this output:

martin@martin:~$ lsb_release -a; uname -a; lsusb
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
Release: 12.04
Codename: precise
Linux martin 3.2.0-35-
generic-pae #55-Ubuntu SMP Wed Dec 5 18:04:39 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0bda:8176 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188CUS 802.11n WLAN

Any tips / comments welcome?

January 12th, 2013, 10:27 PM
Follow this thread:


January 12th, 2013, 10:54 PM
Like I suggested in your other thread:


There's a chance the driver on CD is outdated and you should download the latest from Realtek, anyway.

January 12th, 2013, 11:10 PM
Again, that's what the thread I posted does. Just because it says mdimx doesn't mean it's wrong - it's the same chipset.

Gamer Boy
January 13th, 2013, 01:28 AM
Thank you! All solved now.:D

January 13th, 2013, 02:16 AM
don't know if I helped or not - if so, you're welcome, if not, sorry! ;)