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Old 07-01-2008, 12:08 PM   #1
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Exclamation MSI wireless PC70SE 802.11n on Linux


The MSI PC70SE is one of the newest wireless PCI-cards available with the choise to upgrade your WiFi-configuration or your performance.

It's 300% faster or wider-range then the normall 802.11g cards.

All standard available drivers or for Windows XP (64x) & Windows Vista.


Now the main question:
* How the F*** do you install the wireless cards on a Linux Distribution (like opensuse version 10.3)?

After some searching on the internet i found the website of Ralink (the Manufacter of the Chipset on the MSI-Cards) and found also the available Linux-Drivers..

But a good Documentation for somebody who's new to the OpenSource-Community.. Nooo way, it looks like you must be in the Linux-world for couple of years, before you easely find out what the H*** they mean.

That's not user-friendly for my point of view..


So can anybody help these people, just by explaining how to install the drivers and how to configure them??

Thank you a lot!
 
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If you point to the documentation thats giving you trouble, maybe we could help. It also might be helpful if you tell us what the exact chipset you've got is.
 
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Question MSI pc70se Chipset

MSI PC70SE - Realtek chipset:

Chipset Solution: Ralink RT2860+RT2820
 
Old 08-05-2008, 01:24 PM   #4
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Can anybody help further???

as far as i know, i can use this package:
http://www.ralinktech.com.tw/data/dr....7.0.0.tar.bz2

BUT, the installation-script doens't make much sense!

Code:
* README
*
* Ralink Tech Inc.
* 
* http://www.ralinktech.com
*

=======================================================================
ModelName:
===========
RT2860 Wireless Lan Linux Driver


=======================================================================
Driver lName:
=============
rt2860.o/rt2860.ko


=======================================================================
Supporting Kernel:
===================
linux kernel 2.4 and 2.6 series. 
Tested in Redhat 7.3 or later.


=======================================================================
Description:
=============
This is a linux device driver for Ralink RT2860 ABGN WLAN Card.


=======================================================================
Contents:
=============
Makefile	        : Makefile
*.c					: c files
*.h					: header files


=======================================================================
Features:
==========
   This driver implements basic IEEE802.11. Infrastructure and adhoc mode with 
   open or shared or WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK authentication method. 
   NONE, WEP, TKIP and AES encryption. 


=======================================================================
Build Instructions:  
====================

1> $tar -xvzf DPB_RT2860_Linux_STA_x.x.x.x.tgz
    go to "./DPB_RT2860_Linux_STA_x.x.x.x" directory.
    
2> In Makefile
	 set the "MODE = STA" in Makefile and chose the TARGET to Linux by set "TARGET = LINUX"
	 define the linux kernel source include file path LINUX_SRC
	 modify to meet your need.

3> In os/linux/config.mk 
	define the GCC and LD of the target machine
	define the compiler flags CFLAGS
	modify to meet your need.
	** Build for being controlled by NetworkManager or wpa_supplicant wext functions
	   Please set 'HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y' and 'HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=y'.
	   => #>cd wpa_supplicant-x.x
	   => #>./wpa_supplicant -Dwext -ira0 -c wpa_supplicant.conf -d
	** Build for being controlled by WpaSupplicant with Ralink Driver
	   Please set 'HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y' and 'HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=n'.
	   => #>cd wpa_supplicant-0.5.7
	   => #>./wpa_supplicant -Dralink -ira0 -c wpa_supplicant.conf -d

4> $make									# compile driver source code

5> $cp RT2860STA.dat  /etc/Wireless/RT2860STA/RT2860STA.dat       
    # !!!check if it is a binary file before loading !!!  
    
6> load driver
    #[kernel 2.4]
    #    $/sbin/insmod rt2860sta.o
    #    $/sbin/ifconfig ra0 inet YOUR_IP up
        
    #[kernel 2.6]
    #    $/sbin/insmod rt2860sta.ko
    #    $/sbin/ifconfig ra0 inet YOUR_IP up

7> unload driver    
    $/sbin/ifconfig ra0 down
	$/sbin/rmmod rt2860sta
	
=======================================================================
CONFIGURATION:  
====================
RT2860 driver can be configured via following interfaces, 
i.e. (i)"iwconfig" command, (ii)"iwpriv" command, (iii) configuration file

i)  iwconfig comes with kernel.  
ii) iwpriv usage, please refer to file "iwpriv_usage.txt" for details.
iii)modify configuration file "RT2860STA.dat" in /etc/Wireless/RT2860STA/RT2860STA.dat.
           
Configuration File : RT2860STA.dat
---------------------------------------
# Copy this file to /etc/Wireless/RT2860STA/RT2860STA.dat
# This file is a binary file and will be read on loading rt.o module.
#
# Use "vi -b rt61sta.dat" to modify settings according to your need.
# 
# 1.) set NetworkType to "Adhoc" for using Adhoc-mode, otherwise using Infrastructure
# 2.) set Channel to "0" for auto-select on Infrastructure mode
# 3.) set SSID for connecting to your Accss-point.
# 4.) AuthMode can be "WEPAUTO", "OPEN", "SHARED", "WPAPSK", "WPA2PSK", "WPANONE"
# 5.) EncrypType can be "NONE", "WEP", "TKIP", "AES"
# for more information refer to the Readme file.
# 
#The word of "Default" must not be removed
Default
CountryRegion=5
CountryRegionABand=7
CountryCode=
SSID=Dennis2860AP
NetworkType=Infra
WirelessMode=9
Channel=0
BeaconPeriod=100
TxPower=100
BGProtection=0
TxPreamble=0
RTSThreshold=2347
FragThreshold=2346
TxBurst=1
WmmCapable=0
AckPolicy=0;0;0;0
AuthMode=OPEN
EncrypType=NONE
WPAPSK=
DefaultKeyID=1
Key1Type=0
Key1Str=
Key2Type=0
Key2Str=
Key3Type=0
Key3Str=
Key4Type=0
Key4Str=
PSMode=CAM
FastRoaming=0
RoamThreshold=70
HT_RDG=1
HT_EXTCHA=0
HT_OpMode=1
HT_MpduDensity=4
HT_BW=1
HT_AutoBA=1
HT_BADecline=0
HT_AMSDU=0
HT_BAWinSize=64
HT_GI=1
HT_MCS=33
HT_MIMOPSMode=3
IEEE80211H=0
TGnWifiTest=0
WirelessEvent=0

-----------------------------------------------
*NOTE:
	WMM parameters
			WmmCapable			Set it as 1 to turn on WMM Qos support				
			AckPolicy1~4		Ack policy which support normal Ack or no Ack
								(AC_BK, AC_BE, AC_VI, AC_VO)		
	
	All WMM parameters do not support iwpriv command but ¡¥WmmCapable¡¦¡¦, 
	please store all parameter to RT2860STA.dat, and restart driver. 	

-----------------------------------------------
syntax is 'Param'='Value' and describes below. 

@> CountryRegion=value                                 
	value
		0: use 1 ~ 11 Channel
		1: use 1 ~ 13 Channel
		2: use 10 ~ 11 Channel
		3: use 10 ~ 13 Channel
		4: use 14 Channel
		5: use 1 ~ 14 Channel
		6: use 3 ~ 9 Channel
		7: use 5 ~ 13 Channel
	   31: use 1 ~ 14 Channel (ch1-11:active scan, ch12-14 passive scan)
   	 	                                      
@> CountryRegionABand=value      							
	value	
		0: use 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165 Channel
		1: use 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140 Channel
		2: use 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64 Channel
		3: use 52, 56, 60, 64, 149, 153, 157, 161 Channel
		4: use 149, 153, 157, 161, 165 Channel
		5: use 149, 153, 157, 161 Channel
		6: use 36, 40, 44, 48 Channel
		7: use 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165 Channel
		8: use 52, 56, 60, 64 Channel
		9: use 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 132, 136, 140, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165 Channel
	   10: use 36, 40, 44, 48, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165 Channel
	   11: use 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 149, 153, 157, 161 Channel

@> CountryCode=value
	value
		AG, AR, AW, AU, AT, BS, BB, BM, BR, BE, BG, CA, KY, CL, CN, CO, CR, CY, CZ, DK, DO, EC, SV, FI, FR, DE, 
		GR, GU, GT, HT, HN, HK, HU, IS, IN, ID, IE, IL, IT, JP, JO, LV, LI, LT, LU, MY, MT, MA, MX, NL, NZ, NO,
		PE, PT, PL, RO, RU, SA, CS, SG, SK, SI, ZA, KR, ES, SE, CH, TW, TR, GB, UA, AE, US, VE
		"" => using default setting: 2.4 G - ch 1~11; 5G - ch 52~64, 100~140, 149~165
                                                           
@> SSID=value                	
	value
		0~z, 1~32 ascii characters.
                    	
@> WirelessMode=value
	value	
		0: legacy 11b/g mixed 
		1: legacy 11B only 
		2: legacy 11A only         //Not support in RfIcType=1(id=RFIC_5225) and RfIcType=2(id=RFIC_5325)
		3: legacy 11a/b/g mixed     //Not support in RfIcType=1(id=RFIC_5225) and RfIcType=2(id=RFIC_5325)
		4: legacy 11G only
		5: 11ABGN mixed
		6: 11N only
		7: 11GN mixed
		8: 11AN mixed
		9: 11BGN mixed
	   10: 11AGN mixed	
                     
@> Channel=value
	value
		depends on CountryRegion or CountryRegionABand
                    	
@> BGProtection=value
	value
		0: Auto 
		1: Always on 
		2: Always off
                    	
@> TxPreamble=value
  	value
		0:Preamble Long
		1:Preamble Short 
		2:Auto
                    	
@> RTSThreshold=value
	value
		1~2347                                                       
                    	                                       
@> FragThreshold=value
	value       	
		256~2346
                    	
@> TxBurst=value
	value
		0: Disable
		1: Enable

@> NetworkType=value	    		
	value 
		Infra: infrastructure mode
       	Adhoc: adhoc mode
                                                                                                                                                        	                                                          
@> AuthMode=value
	value
		OPEN	 	For open system	
		SHARED	  	For shared key system	
		WEPAUTO     Auto switch between OPEN and SHARED
		WPAPSK      For WPA pre-shared key  (Infra)
		WPA2PSK     For WPA2 pre-shared key (Infra)
		WPANONE		For WPA pre-shared key  (Adhoc)
		WPA         Use WPA-Supplicant
		WPA2        Use WPA-Supplicant

@> EncrypType=value
	value
		NONE		For AuthMode=OPEN                    
		WEP			For AuthMode=OPEN or AuthMode=SHARED 
		TKIP		For AuthMode=WPAPSK or WPA2PSK                    
		AES			For AuthMode=WPAPSK or WPA2PSK                     
		
@> DefaultKeyID=value
	value
		1~4

@> Key1=value
    Key2=value
    Key3=value
    Key4=value
	value
		10 or 26 hexadecimal characters eg: 012345678
        5 or 13 ascii characters eg: passd
    (usage : "iwpriv" only)     

@> Key1Type=vaule
    Key2Type=value
    Key3Type=vaule
    Key4Type=vaule
    value
		0   hexadecimal type
		1   assic type
    (usage : reading profile only)

@> Key1Str=value
    Key2Str=value
    Key3Str=vaule
    Key4Str=vaule
    value
		10 or 26 characters (key type=0)
		5 or 13 characters  (key type=1)
    (usage : reading profile only)	

@> WPAPSK=value              	
	value
		8~63 ASCII  		or 
		64 HEX characters
																                    																		
@> WmmCapable=value
	value
		0: Disable WMM
		1: Enable WMM
        
@> PSMode=value
    value
    	CAM			    Constantly Awake Mode
		Max_PSP		    Max Power Savings
		Fast_PSP		Power Save Mode

@> FastRoaming=value
	value
		0				Disabled
		1				Enabled

@> RoamThreshold=value
	value
		Positive Interger(dBm)

@> HT_RDG=value
	value
		0				Disabled
		1				Enabled

@> HT_EXTCHA=value (Extended Channel Switch Announcement)
	value
		0				Below
		1 				Above

@> HT_OpMode=value
	value
		0				HT mixed format
		1				HT greenfield format

@> HT_MpduDensity=value
	value (based on 802.11n D2.0)
		0: no restriction
		1: 1/4 £gs
		2: 1/2 £gs
		3: 1 £gs
		4: 2 £gs
		5: 4 £gs
		6: 8 £gs
		7: 16 £gs

@> HT_BW=value
	value
		0				20MHz
		1				40MHz

@> HT_AutoBA=value
	value
		0				Disabled
		1				Enabled

@> HT_BADecline
	value
		0				Disabled
		1			    Enabled <Reject BA request from AP>

@> HT_AMSDU=value
	value
		0				Disabled
		1				Enabled

@> HT_BAWinSize=value
	value
		1 ~ 64

@> HT_GI=value
	value
		0				long GI
		1				short GI

@> HT_MCS=value
	value
		0 ~ 15
		33: auto

@> HT_MIMOPSMode=value
	value (based on 802.11n D2.0)
		0				Static SM Power Save Mode
		1				Dynamic SM Power Save Mode
		2				Reserved
		3				SM enabled
	(not fully support yet)

@> IEEE80211H=value
	value
		0				Disabled
		1				Enabled

@> TGnWifiTest=value
	value
		0				Disabled
		1				Enabled

@> WirelessEvent=value
	value
		0				Disabled
		1				Enabled <send custom wireless event>
	    
MORE INFORMATION
=================================================================================
If you want for rt2860 driver to auto-load at boot time:
A) choose ra0 for first RT2860 WLAN card, ra1 for second RT2860 WLAN card, etc.
   
B) create(edit) 'ifcfg-ra0' file in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/,      
   edit( or add the line) in /etc/modules.conf:
       alias ra0 rt2860sta
   
C) edit(create) the file /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ra0  
   DEVICE='ra0'
   ONBOOT='yes'     


NOTE:
   if you use dhcp, add this line too .
    BOOTPROTO='dhcp'

*D) To ease the Default Gateway setting, 
    add the line
    GATEWAY=x.x.x.x   
    in /etc/sysconfig/network
 
Old 08-10-2008, 02:06 PM   #5
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Sorry, I was out of town for a week and didn't have a network connection.

I downloaded the file and had a look (and yes, those are horrible install instructions) but it looks as if what you need to do is edit the Makefile and have the LINUX_SRC variable point to the directory your kernel source code. If you do that, running make should hopefully build the driver.
 
Old 08-11-2008, 11:48 AM   #6
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how do i do that?

i can't read the instructions on the web, because my linux is without a network!
 
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If you've downloaded the file, the instructions are in the README, however you don't really seem to need to change much in order to get it to compile. You might just try running make and see if it goes. If you do need to change directions, look in the Makefile for the LINUX_SRC variable (it is near the top) and have it point to the actual location of your source code.

However, I'm not sure how good this code is. I've followed the instructions and there is always an error in one of the files that RAlink provides and my googling doesn't bring up anything even remotely relevant. You might consider going the ndiswrapper route until this driver gets a bit more developed.
 
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Hi,
I tried to compile this, but I am a newbie to Linux. Please can you help?

I do not know what is LD (GCC I know), and "make" give this output:
make -C tools
make[1]: Entering directory `/root/TemPoRaRy/MSIPC70SE/2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0/tools'
gcc -g bin2h.c -o bin2h
make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/TemPoRaRy/MSIPC70SE/2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0/tools'
/root/TemPoRaRy/MSIPC70SE/2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0/tools/bin2h
cp -f os/linux/Makefile.6 /root/TemPoRaRy/MSIPC70SE/2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0/os/linux/Makefile
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.25.16-0.1-pae/build SUBDIRS=/root/TemPoRaRy/MSIPC70SE/2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0/os/linux modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.25.16-0.1-obj/i386/pae'
make[1]: *** No rule to make target `modules'. Stop.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.25.16-0.1-obj/i386/pae'
make: *** [LINUX] Error 2

P.S.: OpenSUSE 11, KDE4

Thanks.
 
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Hi,
I tried to compile this, but I am a newbie to Linux. Please can you help?

I do not know what is LD (GCC I know), and "make" give this output:
make -C tools
make[1]: Entering directory `/root/TemPoRaRy/MSIPC70SE/2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0/tools'
gcc -g bin2h.c -o bin2h
make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/TemPoRaRy/MSIPC70SE/2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0/tools'
/root/TemPoRaRy/MSIPC70SE/2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0/tools/bin2h
cp -f os/linux/Makefile.6 /root/TemPoRaRy/MSIPC70SE/2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0/os/linux/Makefile
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.25.16-0.1-pae/build SUBDIRS=/root/TemPoRaRy/MSIPC70SE/2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0/os/linux modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.25.16-0.1-obj/i386/pae'
make[1]: *** No rule to make target `modules'. Stop.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.25.16-0.1-obj/i386/pae'
make: *** [LINUX] Error 2

P.S.: OpenSUSE 11, KDE4

Thanks.

Please start a new thread with your problem. More people will see it.
 
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Most usefull Information found!! Thanks to Google, Translation and Ubuntu!

Main-website: Ubuntu-Users (website from Germany)
Drivers-website: Ralink (translated from German to English by Google)
Guide 1: NDISWRAPPER Installation & Guide (translated from German to English by Google)
Guide 2: MSI PC70SE installation & Guide (translated from German to English by Google)

I hope you will enjoy this information as much i do

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