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Old 05-13-2009, 02:24 AM   #1
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USB Wireless not detecting networks


Hello!

I just installed Lenny and I was getting settled in. The wireless didn't work, but I have this USB adapter and was going to use it as a stop-gap measure until I get the real wireless going, especially since I could use that connection for downloading, forum search, etc.

However, the USB adapter isn't working either. It seems to detect the adapter itself, since the "appendage" that appears on the right-click menu appears, but there's no detected networks. I have Jaunty dual booting with Lenny, and I know both the network and the USB adapter are working, since I'm on the Ubuntu side using both right now. Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks for reading! I can't wait to get my new toy running
 
Old 05-13-2009, 07:44 AM   #2
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no clue without knowing what he wireless devices are.. can you post the output of lspci we can start with the internal wireless on your laptop.
 
Old 05-14-2009, 01:03 AM   #3
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Okay, awesome. I think I forgot to mention, I don't have access to a wired connection, which is why getting at least some connection is so important (I use the internet at the library, mostly) and internal wireless doesn't work on Ubuntu either, but the USB one works just fine. Anyways, this is lspci from the Debian install:

Quote:
00:00.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP67 Memory Controller (rev a2)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP67 ISA Bridge (rev a2)
00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation MCP67 SMBus (rev a2)
00:01.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP67 Memory Controller (rev a2)
00:01.3 Co-processor: nVidia Corporation MCP67 Co-processor (rev a2)
00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP67 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a2)
00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP67 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev a2)
00:04.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP67 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a2)
00:04.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP67 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev a2)
00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP67 IDE Controller (rev a1)
00:07.0 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP67 High Definition Audio (rev a1)
00:08.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP67 PCI Bridge (rev a2)
00:09.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP67 AHCI Controller (rev a2)
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation MCP67 Ethernet (rev a2)
00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP67 PCI Express Bridge (rev a2)
00:12.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 7150M (rev a2)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
02:05.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 05)
02:05.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 22)
02:05.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller (rev 12)
02:05.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 12)
02:05.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev ff)

Last edited by Anorak; 05-14-2009 at 01:05 AM.
 
Old 05-14-2009, 06:34 AM   #4
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Not seeing a wireless device listed.
As it's a usb device you are using can you post the output of lsusb.
 
Old 05-15-2009, 01:33 PM   #5
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Here that is:

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Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0ace:1215 ZyDAS WLA-54L WiFi
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Also, I found a tarball of a driver for the device above, untarred it, and went to start setting it up. But, as per the instructions with it, it requires the use of the make command. I went to the other 4 DVDs of packages for Debian, and it didn't seem to be there that I could find. So I couldn't get the wireless driver without already having the internet. I'm not sure what to do.
 
Old 05-15-2009, 03:40 PM   #6
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Well after a quick Google it looks like the kernel supports that chipset from 2.6.18 onwards:

http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/zd1211rw

But reading the guide they recommend not using Debians' firmware but using the following package:

http://zd1211.wiki.sourceforge.net/#Firmware

You could download make from here with Ubuntu:

http://packages.debian.org/lenny/make

Then access the file with Debian and install with dpkg.
I'm surprised that make is not on any of the dvd's.....
Maybe check one more time to be sure,otherwise you will have to download everything you need with Ubuntu.

You have an ethernet connection on that machine,could you persuade a friend to let you use their wired connection?
Maybe if you speak nicely to the library you could use theirs.

Last edited by the trooper; 05-15-2009 at 03:54 PM.
 
Old 05-17-2009, 10:23 PM   #7
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Quick way to setup your Debian compile environment

aptitude install build-essential module-assistant
m-a update
m-a prepare


'make' should now function.. .
 
Old 05-18-2009, 03:26 AM   #8
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Quick way to setup your Debian compile environment

aptitude install build-essential module-assistant
m-a update
m-a prepare


'make' should now function.. .
The OP doesn't have a functioning internet connection under Debian.
That's why i was suggesting downloading relevant packages with Ubuntu.
If the OP can get access to a wired connection then yes,using module-assistant
will work just fine.
 
Old 05-18-2009, 07:48 AM   #9
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Don't have to have internet if you have the install Media.. It's all on CD or DVD 1

Too many dependencies to bother downloading everything for a build environment manually.. that would just frustrate someone new inserting them into dependency hell imho..


Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 "Lenny" - Official i386 BD Binary-1 20090413-00:57 (20090413) - [ List contents ]
pool/main/b/build-essential/build-essential_11.4_i386.deb
/cdimage/release/5.0.1/i386/jigdo-bd/debian-501-i386-BD-1.jigdo - 13 Apr 2009

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 "Lenny" - Official i386 DVD Binary-1 20090413-00:33 (20090413) - [ List contents ]
pool/main/b/build-essential/build-essential_11.4_i386.deb
/cdimage/release/5.0.1/i386/jigdo-dvd/debian-501-i386-DVD-1.jigdo - 13 Apr 2009


Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 "Lenny" - Official i386 DVD Binary-1
20090413-00:33 (20090413) - [ List contents ]
pool/main/m/module-assistant/module-assistant_0.10.11.0_all.deb
/cdimage/release/5.0.1/i386/jigdo-dvd/debian-501-i386-DVD-1.jigdo - 13 Apr 2009

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 "Lenny" - Official i386 CD Binary-1
20090413-00:10 (20090413) - [ List contents ]
pool/main/m/module-assistant/module-assistant_0.10.11.0_all.deb
/cdimage/release/5.0.1/i386/jigdo-cd/debian-501-i386-CD-1.jigdo - 13 Apr 2009


Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 "Lenny" - Official i386 NETINST Binary-1 20090413-22:27 (20090414) - [ List contents ]
pool/main/l/linux-2.6/linux-headers-2.6.26-2-686_2.6.26-15_i386.deb
pool/main/l/linux-2.6/linux-headers-2.6.26-2-486_2.6.26-15_i386.deb
pool/main/l/linux-2.6/linux-headers-2.6.26-2-common_2.6.26-15_i386.deb
pool/main/l/linux-latest-2.6/linux-headers-2.6-686_2.6.26+17+lenny1_i386.deb
pool/main/l/linux-latest-2.6/linux-headers-2.6-486_2.6.26+17+lenny1_i386.deb
/cdimage/release/5.0.1/i386/jigdo-cd/debian-501-i386-netinst.jigdo - 14 Apr 2009

the headers should be on the disk he installed from as well.. the current jigdo search is only showing the Lenny update CD's at the moment.
 
Old 05-18-2009, 07:54 AM   #10
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I guess i misunderstood your previous post.
I think it's worth pointing out if are going to use this method you will obviously need the install disc to be in the drive.
And also that the disc is listed in /etc/apt/sources.list.
Just to make things clear.
Definitely a better solution.Good idea Farslayer!.

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Quote:
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Hello!

I just installed Lenny and I was getting settled in. The wireless didn't work, but I have this USB adapter and was going to use it as a stop-gap measure until I get the real wireless going, especially since I could use that connection for downloading, forum search, etc.

However, the USB adapter isn't working either.
Same problem here. I did a net install from a Lenny CD and have ended up with Squeeze which is occupying some 3.5Gb of hard disk space. I've always been a big fan of Debian, but have been a bit disappointed with it lately as it seems to have slipped behind some of the other distros in terms of out-of-the-box usability.

Anyway, I just thought I'd jump in here and mindlessly throw in my 2c worth before reading the rest of the thread. I'd love to get the wireless working and hopefully by the time I've got through the remaining posts, I'll be in a a position to do so.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 04:40 AM   #12
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"I will not be pushed,filed,stamped,indexed,briefed,debriefed or numbered.My life is my own...."
Misquote, I believe. It should conclude thusly: "I am not a number, I am a free man!"
 
Old 05-19-2009, 04:45 AM   #13
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ZyDAS WLA-54L WiFi
Ah, you have the same one as me. They're great little sticks IMHO. Work with just about anything. I picked one up in Berlin a couple of years ago for a song in some primitive supermarket there. Tried to buy some more via ebay a couple of days ago but it seems there are scarcely any around now. Great pity.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 07:50 AM   #14
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"I am not a number, I am a free man!"
That's a quote from the opening titles.

Quote:
"I will not be pushed,filed,stamped,indexed,briefed,debriefed or numbered.My life is my own...."
This quote is from the first episode;Arrival.

Well spotted on 'The Prisoner' connection!.
Apologies to the OP for going off on a complete tangent.

"Be seeing you..."

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Old 05-19-2009, 08:44 AM   #15
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Did you install the firmware for the device ?

aptitude install zd1211-firmware

as always you must have non-free enabled in your repositories to get firmware...

http://wiki.debian.org/zd1211rw

Quote:
Supported Devices
The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo zd1211rw on Lenny.
USB: 0ACE:1215 ZyDAS WLA-54L WiFi

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