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Old 10-09-2009, 11:39 PM   #1
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Installing Microsoft MN-710 WiFi USB adapter to Xubuntu (Xfce 4.6)


Hi, all:

First post - please help!! I am so fresh to Linux it's not funny. Excited about learning this new platform but also rather anxious about the overwhelming amount of info out there...

I've installed Xubuntu onto a slower machine (not enough RAM to run the full Ubuntu), and the only WLAN adapter I have is an older Microsoft MN-710 (which behaves nicely in Windows XP Home).

Question is...how do I "add" this adapter so that I can have WiFi?

So far, by plugging the adapter into the USB slot, Xubuntu doesn't even recognize that it's there.

*** I AM NOOB *** So would appreciate your patience!

Thanks!

P.S. I have also consulted this page, but...I can't make sense out of it...yet. Would appreciate an insider who can help guide me through this!

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EDIT: SOLVED!!!

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Old 10-09-2009, 11:52 PM   #2
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What happens if you do "tail -f /var/log/messages" and connect the adapter while tail is running?

According to the thread you referenced, you may have to use ndiswrapper to use Windows drivers to get it working...you might want to do a search/ask a question with that in mind(I'd help with ndiswrapper, but I've never used it)
 
Old 10-10-2009, 12:38 AM   #3
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What happens if you do "tail -f /var/log/messages" and connect the adapter while tail is running?

According to the thread you referenced, you may have to use ndiswrapper to use Windows drivers to get it working...you might want to do a search/ask a question with that in mind(I'd help with ndiswrapper, but I've never used it)
@mudangel Thanks for the suggestion, but unfortunately that didn't work. Here's what I did.

Under desktop, I opened up a terminal and typed in the command line you provided. Xubuntu spit back the following:


mychen@ubuntu:~/Desktop$ tail -f /var/log/messages
Oct 10 00:36:17 ubuntu kernel: [ 4684.308965] scsi8 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
Oct 10 00:36:22 ubuntu kernel: [ 4689.309446] scsi 8:0:0:0: Direct-Access Kingston DataTraveler 2.0 PMAP PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
Oct 10 00:36:23 ubuntu kernel: [ 4689.796050] usb 1-6: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 7
Oct 10 00:36:28 ubuntu kernel: [ 4695.289435] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdb] 1970176 512-byte hardware sectors: (1.00 GB/962 MiB)
Oct 10 00:36:28 ubuntu kernel: [ 4695.289923] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
Oct 10 00:36:28 ubuntu kernel: [ 4695.291566] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdb] 1970176 512-byte hardware sectors: (1.00 GB/962 MiB)
Oct 10 00:36:28 ubuntu kernel: [ 4695.292581] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
Oct 10 00:36:28 ubuntu kernel: [ 4695.292608] sdb: sdb1
Oct 10 00:36:28 ubuntu kernel: [ 4695.295376] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
Oct 10 00:36:28 ubuntu kernel: [ 4695.295511] sd 8:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0


Anymore ideas? Thanks.
 
Old 10-10-2009, 02:48 AM   #4
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Hi, all:

I followed this tutorial here:

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/...Swrapper-video

Text is transcribed here:

http://dark-code.bulix.org/9docul-66517

Found the MN-710 driver by going back to Windows. It's in one of the files that are generated once you run through the MSBN setup file and pick which device you have.

And then I went to this for the final steps:

http://beginlinux.com/desktop_traini...wireless-setup

And wireless works! Amazing!

(I wish I could have more RAM. I'm at 256MB right now, and it's a bit boggy. Hopefully I'll be able to find some...)
 
Old 10-10-2009, 08:42 AM   #5
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Very good! Might want to mark this as solved.
 
Old 10-10-2009, 09:35 AM   #6
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Thumbs up Solved!

Solved!!!
 
  


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