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

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

    weird i use a zydas, all i do is install the firmware(zd1211-firmware) then plug in the usb wifi and it just works.
    in debian the the firmware is in the non-free repo.
    in arch it's just pacman -S zd1211-firmware

    so it should be in the repos, make sure there all on and type zd1211 in synaptic.

    make sure you don't have it plugged in till after you install the firmware.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by kerry_s View Post
    weird i use a zydas, all i do is install the firmware(zd1211-firmware) then plug in the usb wifi and it just works.
    in debian the the firmware is in the non-free repo.
    in arch it's just pacman -S zd1211-firmware

    so it should be in the repos, make sure there all on and type zd1211 in synaptic.

    make sure you don't have it plugged in till after you install the firmware.
    Presuming you are using 8.10 or 9.04b, I'll have a look for zd1211-firmware in Aptitude(FAR superior to Synaptic).

    Edit: It appears that zd1211-firmware is not available in 9.04b yet.
    Last edited by calrogman; April 11th, 2009 at 11:49 PM.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by kerry_s View Post
    Code:
    Reading database ... 103662 files and directoires currently installed.)
    Unpacking zd1211-firmware (from .../zd1211-firmware_2.21.0.0-0.1_all.deb) ..
    dpkg: error processing /home/callum/Desktop/zd1211-firmware_2.21.0.0-0.1_all.deb (--install):
     trying to overwrite `/lib/firmware/zd1211/zd1211b_uphr', which is also in package linux-firmware
    Errors were encountered while processing:
     /home/callum/Desktop/zd1211-firmware_2.21.0.0-0.1_all.deb
    'linux-firmware' is stopping me from installing correct firmware for my USB dongle? *facepalm*

    Once `'linux-firmware' is purged, it is optional, and zd1211-firmware is installed, running 'ifconfig wlan0 up' produces this output.
    Code:
    SIOCSIFFLAGS: Connection timed out
    I get the same errors with 2.16.0.0-0.1.
    Last edited by calrogman; April 12th, 2009 at 06:28 PM.

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

    bummer, maybe you should try debian or arch?
    i just got mine back, using it now, see pic.
    added wicd to my install.
    Last edited by kerry_s; April 30th, 2009 at 01:30 AM.

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

    Heres what I get from lsusb
    Code:
    ID 0ace:1215 ZyDAS WLA-54L WiFi
    and lsmod shows the following related modules
    Code:
    zd1211rw               56964  0
    ieee80211softmac       30976  1 zd1211rw
    ieee80211              35528  2 zd1211rw,ieee80211softmac
    ieee80211_crypt         7040  1 ieee80211
    cfg80211               15112  1 iwlwifi_mac80211
    usbcore               146412  4 zd1211rw,ehci_hcd,uhci_hcd
    and the kernel suppresses (default Ubuntu style) the following information (dug up using dmesg) when the dongle is plugged in

    Code:
    [   59.067039] usb 7-5: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
    [   59.111542] zd1211rw 7-5:1.0: eth1
    [   59.111579] usbcore: registered new interface driver zd1211rw
    [   59.234251] zd1211rw 7-5:1.0: firmware version 4725
    [   59.274206] zd1211rw 7-5:1.0: zd1211b chip 0ace:1215 v4810 high 00-02-72 AL2230_RF pa0 g--NS
    [   59.293841] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
    [   59.838500] SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:95:96:3d:26
    [   62.527771] NET: Registered protocol family 17
    [   63.189580] SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:95:96:3d:26
    [   63.352512] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth1: link becomes ready
    [   65.104070] eth1: no IPv6 routers present
    [   67.440806] SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:95:96:3d:26
    [   69.054028] SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:95:96:3d:26
    [   73.643946] SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:95:96:3d:26
    [   75.826399] SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:95:96:3d:26
    [   81.600556] SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:95:96:3d:26
    [   82.035473] SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:95:96:3d:26
    [   87.092528] SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:95:96:3d:26
    [   90.286831] SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:95:96:3d:26
    [   90.413103] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth1: link becomes ready
    [   92.698637] eth1: no IPv6 routers present
    [  103.592842] SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:95:96:3d:26

    Notice the line
    Code:
    [   59.274206] zd1211rw 7-5:1.0: zd1211b chip 0ace:1215 v4810 high 00-02-72 AL2230_RF pa0 g--NS
    which shows that my dongle uses the zd1211b firmware.

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

    is "LM001" the brand? i don't see that on the supported page:
    http://www.linuxwireless.org/en/user...1211rw/devices

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

    Quote Originally Posted by kerry_s View Post
    is "LM001" the brand? i don't see that on the supported page:
    http://www.linuxwireless.org/en/user...1211rw/devices

    LM-Technologies is the brand.

    I bought it because the site I bought it from (Amazon) said that it was compatible, which it is, but apparently only on aging versions of distros. =/.

    EDIT: According to lsusb I am using the 0ace:1215 ZyDAS WLA-54L WiFi, which is on the supported device list, it is a repackaged LUTEC.

    If you go here and do a Ctrl F for WLA-54L you can find my dongle, only mine has the logo changed.
    http://www.metanewmedia.com/index.ph...dukte-data.htm

    Even the plastic casing is the same shape.

    The drivers found there won't compile.
    Last edited by calrogman; April 13th, 2009 at 03:00 PM.

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    With the help of the guys at #linux-wireless on irc.frenode.net I have got the wifi working. I needed to copy /lib/firmware/zd1211 to /lib/firmware/`uname -r`/zd1211 and run "modprobe zd1211rw" before using iwconfig and dhclient to get connected. Thanks for the help guys!

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