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Old 06-05-2005, 10:37 PM   #1
killer^
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Having trouble getting my wireless network adapter to work


Hello, firstly, sorry if this question has been asked already...

I've recently taken the plunge and installed Linux (Libranet 2.8.1) on my spare HDD, so i can learn to use it, then fully migrate over to it, when i'm a little more confident it's for me...

The only problem is, i don't know how to use it, any of it
I could probably pick most of it up, if only i could get on-line from it... but i can't as i'm using a wireless network adapter, which wasn't recognized during the install, and not being installed, i can't go on-line and get the drivers for it..

I've found the drivers for it using Micro$haft Windoze, but it's turning out to be a mission to get them from windows onto my Linux install, i don't have a CD burner, but i do however have a USB memory stick, if that's any help... and if i do need a CD burner i could get a friend to put it on disk for me.

Also, if i manage to get the drivers on to the Linux install, how do i install them, i'm confident once my net is up and running i'll be able to learn as i go, but it's really quite annoying and time consuming running into a problem, shutting down, restarting in windoze, finding the relevant information, putting it on a floppy or memory stick, going up stairs, printing it off (as it's usually several pages) shutting down and rebooting in Linux again, only to find that it doesn't work...

umm... i guess you'll need some more info if you are to help, i'm running Libranet 2.8.1, and (for any help with the install) the Wireless Adapter in question is an Actiontec 802uat1, and i think i'm right in believing that this is the correct driver for it "atu - Atmel AT76C50x USB IEEE 802.11b wireless network driver" due to it, and a whole array of other wireless adapters having the same chip running them...

If you need any other info let me know

[Edit] I also have a floppy drive, and have put the drivers onto a floppy from windows, but then Linux can't read from it, just as windows can't read from a floppy created in Linux, maybe there is some software that can let me put files on a Linux formatted floppy from within windoze, or read a windoze formatted floppy from within Linux, i did have a go with WINE, but haven't had enough experience with it to use it properly, and i keep getting an error when setting it up um error 8 i think

Thank you in advance, and sorry it was so long

Last edited by killer^; 06-05-2005 at 11:01 PM.
 
Old 06-06-2005, 07:48 AM   #2
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First off, welcome to LQ! Now on with the fun......

It is a little difficult to tell if your card has native linux support or not. If you are right and it runs an Atmel chipset, there are native linux drivers here although your card is not listed in the list of cards known to work.

A second approach would be using ndiswrapper which is a project aimed at allowing people owning cards with no linux support to run them using Windows drivers. Your card is listed in the supported card list in the wiki, but it is also listed as having a Prism chipset, which has a lot of support, both in the kernel and in its own project. What I would do would be to plug this into a USB slot and run lsusb as root in a console and see if it identifies the chipset used.

As for getting stuff onto your linux drive, a USB stick would work quite nicely. However, from your description it sounds like you are dual booting this computer. If that is right, Linux is perfectly capable of reading an NTFS drive directly, it just has to be mounted first. I'd also suspect that mounting is one of the issue you're having with the floppy. Linux can read pretty much any format Windows can, you just have to tell it what file system to use when you mount the disk.
 
Old 06-06-2005, 12:45 PM   #3
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Firstly, thank you for your fast reply...

Right, i did the LSUSB thing, and the following appeared

Bus 002 Device 001 : ID 0000:0000
Bus 002 Device 002 : ID 054C:019E Sony Corp. (My USB Memory Stick)
Bus 001 Device 001 : ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 002 : ID 1668:7605 Actiontec Electronics, Inc. [Hex] (The W-Network Adapter)

To be honest i have no idea what to do with that information, if you could help i'd be very grateful.
On another note, i have tried mounting the floppy drive, and with some success, i now have the driver file mentioned in the first post, but i have no idea how to install/apply it and then configure it... again, any help with this would be greatly appreciated...

[Edit] Actually, i do have a list of commands on how to configure the driver, but the part i have no idea how to do is getting to the page/file i'll need to edit, for example, i know the commands to set which channel to operate on, i'm just not sure where i need to put that information, and what program to use to do so... grrr frustratingly low level of knowlege...

Thanks again for any help...

Last edited by killer^; 06-06-2005 at 01:07 PM.
 
Old 06-06-2005, 03:14 PM   #4
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That's an atmel chipset, same as my linksys wireless USB card.
I use the driver at berlios:

http://at76c503a.berlios.de/
 
Old 06-06-2005, 04:30 PM   #5
killer^
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Hi Komakino, thank you for verifying that is indeed running the Atmel chipset... can you (or anyone else) help me set this up so i can get online from my Linux install, then i'm confident i'll be able to pick most of it up as i go... tahnk you...

[Edit] Actually that link seems to be very helpful... thank you very much for that... i'll have a go later...

Last edited by killer^; 06-06-2005 at 04:32 PM.
 
  


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