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Old 12-15-2010, 03:26 PM   #1
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Trying to get USB Network Adapter to work in Linux Mint


I used Several Distos, went to school up to Linux 225, but haven't used Linux for years.

I have an older (P4, Win xp) laptop I use at the coffee shop.
I want to put Linux Mint on it. I use a USB Adapter (Arilink101 AWLL6075) for Wi-Fi.

I tried the live CD and, of course, USB Adapter doesn't work. In the half hour I looked at it, I realized I forgot a lot of things. I could not even find the laptop USB.

Will tring to get it to work be the typical Linux thing, where you download the drivers, do the install right, and it doesn't work? You compile drivers, set everything up right, and it doesn't work?

Did they change the name of USB in Linux while I was gone?

Thank you,
Chris.

Last edited by happydog500; 12-15-2010 at 03:27 PM. Reason: Replaced "Doesn't work" with "USB Adapter doesn't work
 
Old 12-16-2010, 08:05 AM   #2
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I don't think that they have changed the name. Please post the output of
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lsusb
so that we can help you to get it working. By the way, Linux Mint uses the driver installer of Ubuntu, maybe you can try that.
 
Old 12-16-2010, 06:54 PM   #3
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I found the most question in a College Linux Class, even among the advanced (LFS) guys was, "it doesn't work."
I remember one guy who was a Linux Guru. This guy was so knowledgeable, but I thought it was funny (we didn't get along) most of the stuff he was doing didn't work.

I can remember about Red Hat 8 days, you could at least work and get something to work. I think Linux has gone backwards. I remember one distro (don't recall which one) was meant for listening to streaming media. When I did it, it never worked. I do exactly what they said on the forums, didn't work. One thing that pissed me off was I had another distro where you had to put in a long string into the media player every time. Of course, the advice was to cut and paste, which, of course, you couldn't cut and paste (didn't work) because in the media player, you can't cut and past.

Not sure why I'm going back and trying Linux again, but I will try. I came down here to the coffee shop and forgot the disc. I will do it and post back.

Chris.

Last edited by happydog500; 12-16-2010 at 06:56 PM. Reason: put e in paste
 
Old 12-17-2010, 09:11 AM   #4
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Hi, I hate this, but if you can't get a distro like fedora to do what you want,

then you may need to develop your own.

But then again I tried a few distros, like knoppix and debian, at first the redhat 5.2,

Then I followed a tute for building a fw-gw (firewalled gateway) using Mandrake 9.1

I've also installed Fedora...

I got Mandrake 10.0 and Have been using Mandriva ever since.

IMHO, the most hackable linux system. (with-out being a programmer)

Look into ndiswrapper for windows wireless cards.

Regards Glenn
 
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:46 AM   #5
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Your thread is in the wrong forum, it doesn't belong in "Software". Would you prefer I move it to Mint or Networking?

Please reply soon, or I'll have to choose for you.
 
Old 12-17-2010, 02:26 PM   #6
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I thought since I was working with software, it should be in the software. Mint forums have not been very good, so you can move my software question to the network forum. Chris.
 
Old 12-17-2010, 02:54 PM   #7
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Quote:
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Hi, I hate this, but if you can't get a distro like fedora to do what you want, then you may need to develop your own.
Er, the poster is having trouble with a usb network card and your advice is build your own linux?


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I thought since I was working with software, it should be in the software. Mint forums have not been very good, so you can move my software question to the network forum. Chris.
We still need the output of lsusb as mentioned and if you could also post the output of these two commands
Code:
lsmod
dmesg | grep firmware
By and large most things, in my experience, work fine in linux. But, of course, there are trouble spots. Wireless cards have long been one of those areas of trouble. That has mostly been resolved by and large for internal cards, but USB wireless cards can still be problematic. In both cases it's often a matter of proprietary firmware that is needed.

Now, we'll need the output of the above commands to confirm this, but it looks as though your wireless device uses the rtl8192su driver, which should be included out of the box. But if that is the case, this driver does need firmware.

Assuming the dmesg command confirms that you need rtl8192sfw.bin do
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wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/33927923/rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0010.1012.2009.tar.gz
sudo su
mkdir /lib/firmware/RTL8192SU
tar -xzOf rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0010.1012.2009.tar.gz\
 rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0010.1012.2009/firmware/RTL8192SE/rtl8192sfw.bin\
 > /lib/firmware/RTL8192SU/rtl8192sfw.bin

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Old 12-17-2010, 05:09 PM   #8
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Stopped by a friends house, still haven't got home to get the disc. Should be able to do it this evening. I'm just frustrated, once I get back into it I'm sure I'll get it back. It would be easier if I could use Mint while on the internet.

I always wondered why they made a media player that wouldn't allow pasting to it, but that's a different thread.

One of my favorite ones was Mandrake, a year or two before they changed the name.

I did a lot on OpenSUSE right when they aligned with MS. I thought that one would take off, since it was, "The year of Linux".

Chris.
 
Old 12-17-2010, 05:44 PM   #9
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Moved to Networking in accordance w/ OP's preference.
 
Old 12-24-2010, 05:22 PM   #10
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lsmod listed everything I had USB. I could see the adapter. 24th eve so I came in to post this. Didn't want to go to long, even if it's been a hectic week. Don't have the stuff I wrote down with me.
Can I download from the software manager to get the adapter to work? If I can get the internet on the Mint Installed computer, I'm home free.

Thank you,
Chris
 
Old 12-28-2010, 04:40 PM   #11
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Ran into a guy from school. He told me to go to the manufactures website and see if they have drives. No Linux Drivers.
Didn't find any I could get from Mint. Looks like no way to get a very popular, USB Adapter to work in Mint.
Chris.
 
Old 12-28-2010, 05:06 PM   #12
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You may be able to get it working using the windows xp driver and ndiswrapper. However, as you never posted the output I requested it's hard to help further.
 
Old 12-28-2010, 06:02 PM   #13
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Hi, I might explain my earlier response,

No point changing distros, if your build of the kernel does not support a device.

You might look into what modules the kernel has configured for use,

and what is there but is turned off or disabled.

I agree with Reed9,
 
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Sorry, but as long as you deny to post the output of the commands, that you were asked for, no one here will be able to help you. Complaining doesn't simply help, you have to do your part to let us try to do our part.
 
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:04 PM   #15
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OK, obviously, I can't cut and past it, so I'll have to type in half a notebook page of stuff. Will take a while to do this.
I haven't been able to focus on this, since I got busy right after. I will get this done.

I'll first post just the ls comand stuff.

Chris.
 
  


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