LinuxQuestions.org
Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 01-03-2010, 10:48 PM   #1
SteveOA
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
Ho do I Install USB NIC on Ubantu 9.1


I'm a total newbie to linux and my laptop can only use a USB NIC card. the right driver is rt73.inf and I have it instaaled in the root directory but somehow cant' get linux to recognize it. I found an old guide on the internet for installation that said to use ndiswrapper but I'm nowhere on the installation and setup. What do I do??
 
Old 01-03-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
MS3FGX
Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2004
Location: NJ, USA
Distribution: Slackware, Debian
Posts: 5,852

Rep: Reputation: 351Reputation: 351Reputation: 351Reputation: 351
Is this a wired or wireless network device? The file you mention is a Windows driver, which is of no use on Linux unless you are trying to use ndiswrapper.

What documentation are you trying to follow for the installation? What happens when you just plug the device in?
 
Old 01-05-2010, 10:32 AM   #3
SteveOA
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
The device is a Linksys Wireless-G USB NIC, model WUSB 54GC. I realize the driver is a Windows driver but as far as I know that's all that's available for this device.I found a guide written by a Russian programmer a couple years ago for installing the NIC on Ubunto 7.1 but it appears not to work on 9.1. The guide I've been trying says the following:

install ndiswrapper:
apt-get install ndiswrapper ----I did that and it's installed in my root directory on Linux.

Then it says to cd to ~ and install the drivers for the NIC card:
ndiswraspper -i rt73.inf,ndiswrapper -m, ndiswrapper -mi and ndiswrapper -ma

That doesn't work. The Windows drivers are rt73.cat, rt73.inf and rt73.sys

The USB device doesn't install by itself when plugged into the USB port- it just sits there.

I appreciate your posting and hope you can help. Right now I'm using an ethernet wired connection but I want to get back to wireless as I had on Windows.
 
Old 01-05-2010, 10:50 AM   #4
pentode
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Oregon
Distribution: Debian Testing
Posts: 488

Rep: Reputation: 38
Take a look at this:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...er/Ndiswrapper

It should walk you through getting ndiswrapper configured.

You should do an Internet search for your specfic NIC model number, version number and "Linux". Some of these NICs also require a firmware upgrade/mod. Also keep in mind that the version number of the NIC is critical since different versions of the same model can sometimes have completely different chipsets inside.

You'll want to make sure that ndiswrapper is your only option - it's really a last resort. Also, if using it, make sure you have the latest Windows driver for that NIC.

Good luck.
 
  


Reply

Tags
installation, wusb54gc


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to install Atheros Wi Fi for an Acer Aspire 5715Z Laptop using Ubantu? ahamb Linux - Newbie 2 12-06-2008 06:28 AM
ubantu install problem budo41 Linux - Software 0 02-11-2006 01:18 PM
Ubantu? sdat1333 Linux - Distributions 17 12-20-2004 03:00 AM
Newbie to Linux using Lindows OS trying to install wireless usb nic patejl Linux - Wireless Networking 2 02-29-2004 02:13 AM
How to install USB Nic (not wireless) for Linux NYAndy Linux - Software 0 02-08-2004 11:17 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:26 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration