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Old 04-02-2005, 02:02 AM   #1
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USB Thumbdrive/Wireless Lan problems


Hello Everybody,
Again another day another problem I suppose it's all in the learning curve from going 100 Windows to linux.

So anyways ... my issue is simple, and in it's own right complicated. I just purchased a apacer wireless steno which is basicaly a 128mb thumbdrive/wirelessB lan connection. It works fine with my Windows XP pro edition however I can't find anywhere on how to get it installed for Red Hat 9 distro. Many articles have been written(and I've read) however none of which makes too much sense. On top of that, the articles I've read that have made sense my USB device is not included and/or listed. I definetly would love any hints, suggestions etc that can make this work, all of this is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
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I have no idea if this helps or not but I have XP pro on my desktop and duel booting with RedHat 9/XP pro on my laptop. I have a wireless g card on my desktop with the drivers already installed in the windows partition and when the plug and play detected the device everything worked fine, I didn't need to install any drivers. However I put it into my laptop with no drivers previously installed for any wireless devices however it required the drivers. Point in short the linksys drivers apparrently worked fine on Windows xp. Some corrolation? I'm not quite sure .... Also by putting "apacer wireless steno" in google and the first link is the device I purchased.
 
Old 04-02-2005, 10:19 AM   #2
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Wow. Thats a pretty funky device you've got there. Since it is a new device, odds are you aren't going to find a lot of information on how to get it to work with Linux, so the results from your google searching aren't suprising. Another obstacle you're seeing is that RH9 is basically an old, obsolete and unsupported distro, so you actually may be making things more difficult for yourself.

The thumbdrive capability should work, and a lot of the literature out there on how to mount USB drives should be applicable to that function. Basically when you plug it in, check the output of dmesg. You should see that the card has been assigned to a location in /dev. You just need to mount that and you should be able to use it as a drive.

As for the wireless, that may be a real challenge. The trick will be to figure out what chipset this thing has. Plug it in and have a look at the output of lsusb and see if that helps. Otherwise, you may have success using ndiswrapper and the Windows drivers. However, ndiswrapper and RH9 may not be a good mix. You may have to do a fair bit of upgrading RH9 and since that is no longer supported, you're going to be doing a lot of compiling.
 
Old 04-02-2005, 03:03 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback!

I did manage to figure out how to mount and umount the thumbdrive after a couple hours of messing around with it. (like I said, this is my first time ever looking at linux) but I did manage given some rather complicated tutorials.

As for the wireless issue i'm still having ... would the linksys issue mean it's the same chip. The wireless drivers for my linksys worked fine? I suppose I can only find out by trial and error however it's so time consuming! You mentioned a quick way of finding the chipset? I was curious if you would be so kind to lay out what needs to be done in lamens terms. Step by step.

Thanks in advance for any help,
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Old 04-02-2005, 03:47 PM   #4
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I think that lsusb is the command you need to use. So pop open a console and use su - to become root. Then enter in lsusb and have a look at the output. You could also use lsusb > filename.txt to save the output to a file (in this example, filename.txt). That tends to make for easier viewing and you can then cut and paste if you want to post any sections.

You might be able to use the linksys drivers in conjunction with ndiswrapper. Since ndiswrapper is built to use Windows drivers, the fact that it works in Windows may mean that those same drivers will work with ndiswrapper. You can't really tell what chipset it is from the Windows drivers, particularly with Linksys. Then tend to change chipsets every card version or two.

Ndiswrapper itself is actually very easy to install and use. Have a read through the wiki for excellent installation instructions and help. You just have to be sure that the source code for your kernel is installed. If you have RH9 CDs, the source code should be on one of them.
 
Old 04-04-2005, 02:11 AM   #5
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Sorry ... I still can't figure out what the heck is wrong. Does anybody have the same hardware issues I'm having. If anybody has had a sucessful installation of this device please let me know how!

thanks
-theMayor
 
Old 04-04-2005, 07:58 AM   #6
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Sorry ... I still can't figure out what the heck is wrong.
It would be helpful if you actually said what you've tried and what the outputs are.
 
  


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