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Old 09-15-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
Francine33
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Unhappy trying to install wireless 11n USB adapter


so i bought this usb wireless adapter and it came with an installation cd. when i tried to install it it said it "could not find the autorun". i clicked on the icon and there was a linux folder. that seemed promising. there was a file called "install.sh". I was very hopeful and copied the contents into terminal which seemed like it was doing something. it asked me for my password and when i put my password in it said "Authentication failure" but it's the password that i use to log into my computer....hmm.
 
Old 09-16-2012, 04:58 AM   #2
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Hello Francine33

Installing a wireless card in Linux is quite different to what you would do under Windows.

Firstly, what you need to do is identify the distribution you are using, Mint, Fedora etc. and the version you are using.

Some distributions make the software/firmware available for different wireless cards but don't include it on their CD/DVD.

Secondly, you need to provide more information on the card.

If you run the command:

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lsusb
in a terminal and post back the result, someone may recognise it and be able to help.

Ah, I see from your icon Ubuntu, it'll still be useful to know which version.

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Old 09-16-2012, 11:42 PM   #3
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Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 413c:2003 Dell Computer Corp. Keyboard
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0bda:8176 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
 
Old 09-17-2012, 02:41 AM   #4
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Hello Francine33

I don't actually use Ubuntu. However, this thread on their forum may point the way to getting the card working

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1604101

Post 6 on that thread contains the essentials which are to extract get and extract the driver file. If it's a tar.gz then it's a compressed file. A bit like a zip file which would be more usually used in Windows.

Get the "build-essential" package installed on your computer. That's going to be tricky, but possible, if you don't have a wired internet connection to the machine.

Use terminal commands to build and install the package.

Come back if you have questions on any of those.
 
Old 09-17-2012, 03:21 AM   #5
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so i bought this usb wireless adapter and it came with an installation cd. when i tried to install it it said it "could not find the autorun". i clicked on the icon and there was a linux folder. that seemed promising. there was a file called "install.sh". I was very hopeful and copied the contents into terminal which seemed like it was doing something. it asked me for my password and when i put my password in it said "Authentication failure" but it's the password that i use to log into my computer....hmm.
your account is the root account? or is it a member of the root group?
 
  


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