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Old 10-05-2005, 01:59 AM   #1
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Setting up a wireless adapter on Debian-based LiveCD's


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833124126 Linksys WUSB54G USB Wireless Adapter.

I'm just trying to get email running on an old machine with a wireless adapter so that anyone can use it until I can get it fixed, and the Linux LiveCD helps a lot at masking the problem (probably a bad hard drive or corrupt Windows install).

The wireless card wasn't auto-detected and I'm not sure what I need to edit at this point to get it working. All I found was the KDE Control Center option to set up the wireless network, and that's not going to help me without a working wireless card. Since I'm working with LiveCD's, what are my limitations on adjusting system settings and installing drivers (if that's what it takes)?
 
Old 10-05-2005, 09:13 PM   #2
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Seems as though you are using Kanotix. That's what I used to get my wireless card working first time. I think there is a program called wlcardconfig. With that you may get the card up and running. Check the out put from 'ifconfig' and 'iwconfig'. You need to edit add something like 'iface ra0 inet dhcp' to the file /etc/network/interfaces, if you use dhcp. I googled for your card and it seems that it uses the chipset rt2500. There are linux dirvers to download for it, but I have rt2400 and that was recognized by Kanotix, so your's should work too.
If you don't get any connection you can try to 'modprobe rt2500' first.
Good luck!
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Old 10-06-2005, 02:20 AM   #3
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I really do appreciate your help. I did try your suggestions, and I didn't have any luck. Kanotix just doesn't detect my card. It turns out I had some bad information, and I may just need a new wireless card. The card I linked to in the original post was one of my final choices, and I did get an identical-looking card, the Linksys WUSB 11 rev. 4.0 (hence the confusion). I just discovered that Linux may not have a driver for the card I do have. Any recommendations on Linux-compatible wireless cards? I have a D-Link 802.11b router, so it should be easy to find something inexpensive.
 
Old 10-06-2005, 08:22 AM   #4
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I don't know if this is an option for you or not but here is a link to a guy who had success with this version of Kanotix: July 2004 release of Kanotix Bughunter Live CD. They were using a DWL-122.

http://www.knoppix.net/forum/viewtop...2280&view=next

I have an old laptop with no h/d and I use Knoppix and a DWL-122 with great success.
 
Old 10-06-2005, 06:33 PM   #5
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Too bad it didn't work. What is the output of lscpi? Is the card there? It took me about a month until I got my card working properly, but now it's working a lot better i linux than in windows. You probably don't want to spend that much time, so maybe a new card is a good idea.
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Old 10-06-2005, 10:59 PM   #6
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lspci just listed the USB1.1 ports and a few other system settings (no devices at all, but there shouldn't be).

lsusb listed the mouse and a blank device with an ID of 13b1:000b that I'm guessing is the wireless card; the wireless card is plugged into one of the front USB ports.

the only devices listed under ifconfig and iwconfig are the integrated NIC (ethernet, not wireless), and something called "local loopback" that just points to 127.0.0.1. That doesn't help me any.

It seems that something's there but Linux can't tell what it is.

mjolnir, I need to find the wireless card and in Linux double-check the chipset. If that happens, then those instructions may well work. What I've mentioned above is all I can find, and it's not much.
 
Old 10-09-2005, 10:25 PM   #7
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Sorry, I guess can't help you. Hope it works with a new card.
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