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Old 08-26-2011, 04:51 PM   #1
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Question Linksys Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter WUSB54GC on Linux


I have the Linksys Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter WUSB54GC. I have tried to run the CD that came with the Adapter on my Laptop,which has Ubuntu installed as a single OS. There is no Windows or other OS on this computer.

When I ran setup.exe on the CD the following message appeared on the Archive Manager:

An error occurred while loading the archive.
Archive:/media/WUSB54GC/setup.exe
[media/WUSB54GC/setup.exe]
End-of-Central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on the last disk(s) of this archive.
zipinfo:cannot find zipfile directory in one of /media/WUSB54GC/setup.zip, and cannot find /media/WUSB54GC/setup.exe.ZIP, period.

As an absolute newbie on Linux I find the above very confusing.

Is my CD usable only on a microsoft operating system?

Is there any other way of getting my Linsksys Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter to work on a Linux computer.


This Post has been typed on a Microsoft OS computer, not on the computer running Linux.

Hopefully someone can help with a response with a minimum of jargon. Many thanks to the community for all the information given in posts on similar questions. Its just that I cannot understand most of the responses give to similar questions.

With best regards,

PaddyJoe.
 
Old 08-26-2011, 04:57 PM   #2
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.exe files are windows based, in general the modules are available to you after you plug them in.
You should be able to view errors in dmesg.
 
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:18 PM   #3
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Unhappy Sorry, I don't understand

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.exe files are windows based, in general the modules are available to you after you plug them in.
You should be able to view errors in dmesg.
Thank you for your response. However, as an absolute Newbie I find it difficult to follow your suggestions. Which modules are you referring to? How do I plug them in? What is dmesq? Where can I find it? Please forgive my total ignorance in this matter.

PaddyJoe
 
Old 08-27-2011, 06:10 AM   #4
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Thank you for your response. However, as an absolute Newbie I find it difficult to follow your suggestions. Which modules are you referring to? How do I plug them in? What is dmesq? Where can I find it? Please forgive my total ignorance in this matter.

PaddyJoe
USB WLAN? Personally, I used ndiswrapper when it did not come out of the box. See example of usage of ndiswrapper with a Fritz WLAN USB in reply 5 of http://forum.tinycorelinux.net/index.php?topic=8001.0
For Ubuntu, please have a look at the forums there: so far I remember they have an extensive information amount which will help you.
For linux drivers.. somebody else should step in..

USB WLAN? I recommend you to buy a LAN Ethernet adapter instead of using a WLAN USB home. See my blog.
It works in germany; it works certainly in Ireland. You can give your USB WLAN to your neighbour..

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Old 08-27-2011, 12:46 PM   #5
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Hi floppy, guten tag,

I plugged the Linksys Wireless adapter into a USB socket on my computer and immediately got a connection to my wireless network. I did not need any software input. As you can see I am at the early stages of using Linux.

Thank you for your input.
Best Regards,
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:57 PM   #6
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Lucky Boy.
You can say bonjour (Im not german & with a cork girl).
You mean it works with Windows?
Or from Ubuntu?
Ubuntu was too fat for my old box (see the specs in my signature or see my blog): for the reason I have no money (is for my wife laptop).. so I have to suffer and have a lot of pain & joy with other OS.. and re-use the last forgotten pieces of neurones.

Other topic: last time I was in Ireland I spoke with a person who could have a lot of desktop PCs free of charge (Ireland people are generous). Some people could gather old PCs and install Linux (TinyCore or other small OS) for making them running like space shuttles and give these reworked PCs to poor scholars. Think about it or widespread this idea to friends of your. This is a pity to see sometimes good scholars not having PCs (not for youtube or chatting but for work with abiword, gnumeric, epdf, flume, Opera, python, gnuplot, c programming). I am trying to do such thing in Stuttgart.
 
Old 08-29-2011, 06:15 AM   #7
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Bonjour Floppy_Stuttgart.

Sorry, when I saw your name I thought you were German. Please accept my apologies.

It works with Ubuntu. My grandson tells me that the computer is very slow on the internet with Ubuntu. Would it go faster with a different distro?

I will check who these people in Ireland are, who have old pcs available for free. I have other grandchildren who could use them.

Again, thanks for your help.

PaddyJoe
 
Old 08-29-2011, 03:31 PM   #8
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My grandson tells me that the computer is very slow on the internet with Ubuntu. Would it go faster with a different distro?
The reason of the low speed can be:
- USB WLAN (if it goes via USB 1.0, this is sslllooowwww). If it goes via USB 2.0, probably better but not so quick. Can you use a LAN Ethernet adapter in your house? (the PC-LAN cable goes into an adapter connected into the ectricity network; another adapter is anywhere in the house in an electricity connector and receiving the LAN from the LAN telecom box).
- Big fat operating system: some distros start a lot of process in parallel or start fat grafic environment (GNOME, KDE). I could nearly not for example use PuppyLinux (which is a quick system!) on my old PC. But www.TinyCoreLinux.net is good. Slitaz or Knoppix or antix were not so bad. Have a look at www.distrowatch.com and look at distro for old computers (the PC dont need to be old: if it is new, it will boot within few seconds; I am for example installing TinyCoreLinux on a colleague 3years old PC.. I think it will be a space shuttle after the installation).
- Distro for low RAM: slim window manager (fluxbox, jwm, lxde, icewm...; forget the rest) low ram applications (abiword instead of openoffice, links or opera instead of firefox, gnumeric instead of openoffice...).
So, take time, test different OS.. and choose the best for you ("TinyCoreLinux is good for you".. probably). This is like going into a shop: dont take the first suit you see, but test different ones. The one where you feel the best, should stay in your PC.
Good luck.

Info regarding floppy_stuttgart
- stuttgart: location
- floppy: name of our passed 3 years old rabbit with huge ears (was eaten by a marder 3 months ago.. terrible.. especially for my children)
 
Old 08-30-2011, 01:57 AM   #9
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I apologize for not getting back to you promptly, although it is nice to know that you have your network up & running.
I meant to say after plugging the device in.
A s far as wireless speed it's determined by the network card or usb adapter & the isp.
You can check the speed of the connection by right-clicking network icon on panel & selecting connection information.
 
  


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