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Old 08-06-2004, 02:10 PM   #1
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ASUS wifi@home - any chance of it working?


Hi, just hoping I can get a clear answer to this here. Quite a simple question hopefully.

I have an ASUS wife@home wireless adapter. Just to clarify, this is an adapter that fits into its own wifi slot on certain ASUS motherboards. Thing is, I don't know whether there's any chance of me getting it to work under Linux. I've looked around a bit but couldn't find a clear answer. Being inexperienced in the way of the penguin as I am, I don't know where to start in setting it up, if it is possible.

Does anybody know whether it'll work? Thanks very much for any help here
 
Old 08-06-2004, 11:19 PM   #2
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Sounds weird, but odds are its just another PCI device through a proprietary bus, what's the output of:

/sbin/lspci

or, for Mandrake:

/sbin/lspcidrake

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 08-07-2004, 02:15 PM   #3
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Quote:
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8385 [K8T800 AGP] Host Bridge (rev 01)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 PCI bridge [K8T800 South]
0000:00:07.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (rev 80)
0000:00:09.0 Network controller: RaLink Wireless PCI Adpator RT2400 / RT2460
0000:00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T Adapter (rev 13)
0000:00:0f.0 RAID bus controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VIA VT6420 SATA RAID Controller (rev 80)
0000:00:0f.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
0000:00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
0000:00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
0000:00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
0000:00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
0000:00:10.4 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86)
0000:00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 ISA bridge [K8T800 South]
0000:00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60)
0000:00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
0000:00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
0000:00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
0000:00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 AR [Radeon 9600]
0000:01:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 AR [Radeon 9600] (Secondary)
RaLink Wireless PCI Adpator? That sounds promising (nice mispelling of adapter too... Unless adpator is some technical term I'm unfamiliar with :P). But erm... I'm a clueless fool and I don't know what to do... Can anybody point me in the right direction?

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Old 08-07-2004, 03:39 PM   #4
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'lspci -vv -s 00:09.0' produced this, if it's any help:

Quote:
0000:00:09.0 Network controller: RaLink Wireless PCI Adpator RT2400 / RT2460
Subsystem: Asustek Computer, Inc.: Unknown device 0126
Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV+ VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=slow >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
Latency: 64, Cache Line Size: 0x40 (256 bytes)
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 16
Region 0: Memory at fde00000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable)
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot-,D3cold-)
Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
Anybody?

Edit: Oops, I could've sworn I put this in the first post but clearly not: Debian - kernal 2.6.6

Last edited by Khang; 08-07-2004 at 03:50 PM.
 
Old 08-07-2004, 08:25 PM   #5
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wwwwow, its a ralink!

http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_...s.802.11b.html

Page down to 3.26

Here's the link to the driver:

Debian package:

http://www.stanchina.net/~flavio/debian/rt2400.html

Source from Minitaur:

http://minitar.com/index.php?maincat=download

Get stuck, post back...

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 08-07-2004, 10:54 PM   #6
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wwwwow, its a ralink!
Was that awe or shock?

Anyway, thanks for the reply again! Really appreciating the help here. As I say, I'm new to Linux, so I don't know how easy I'm going to find this. Seems like it could be rather straightforward except that I don't appear to have the kernel source. I'm using a HDD install of the live CD distro 'Knoppix', which is based on Debian. Can I download the 2.6.6 kernel source from kernel.org or am I going to need a source specific to my version of Knoppix?

Not sure if I'd be better off asking this over at the Knoppix forum perhaps... May as well try here I guess .

Sorry for my incompetence . I'm eager to build up my Linux skills but right now I'm just desperate to get Internet access within Linux. Having to boot into Windows whenever I want to look something up online is the biggest inconvenience...

So any help is appreciated, as usual. Thanks
 
Old 08-07-2004, 11:54 PM   #7
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Shock, the ralink hasn't found its way into much yet, which is a shame as its a rather robust little card AND its well supported under Linux.

Yep, you'll need the kernel source of the kernel you are running, which can get quite involved, but its part of the normal Knoppix CD, just see if you have a directory called: /usr/src/linux with a lot of stuff in it.

The Knoppix forum can probably tell you better how to apt-get that onto there as I haven't really used it in a while.

Post back here if the driver compile barfs.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 08-08-2004, 08:09 PM   #8
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Do you know of anywhere I can get the same packages pre-compiled for fedora core 1 or 2?
 
Old 08-09-2004, 05:18 AM   #9
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Doubtful, the ralink isn't that common a card, and a quick googling made it pretty clear there aren't any. This is usually the case with kernel module sets, especially for a distro that updates the kernel often.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 08-28-2004, 08:37 PM   #10
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Your in luck. I just got the wifi@home working in fedora core 2. I am currently writing the how to and will post the drivers to my groups website. www.linux-militia.net . Check over there this week and I should have a complete step by step how to for you.
 
Old 09-10-2004, 12:33 PM   #11
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I've been ignoring this problem lately, sort of. Haven't had a huge amount of free time, and in what little time I have been spending with Linux, I was trying to deal with my problems compiling a new kernel.

I just had a go at this though... Unfortunately no success, yet. I downloaded the files from http://www.stanchina.net/~flavio/debian/rt2400.html and built the two packages, source and utility. Installed both of those with no problems.

After this I get stuck. The article says:

tar xzvf rt2400.tar.gz
cd kernel-source-x.y.z
fakeroot make-kpkg --append-to-version "-flavour" --added-modules rt2400 modules_image

I get some code outputted:

Code:
for module in  ; do                       \
          if test -d  $module; then                                \
    (cd $module;                                          \
              if ./debian/rules KVERS="2.6.7" KSRC="/usr/src/linux" \
                             KMAINT="Klaus Knopper" KEMAIL="knoppix@knopper.net"      \
                             KPKG_DEST_DIR="/usr/src/linux/.."       \
                             KPKG_MAINTAINER="Klaus Knopper"        \
                             KPKG_EXTRAV_ARG=""        \
                             KDREV="custom.1.0" kdist_image; then    \
                  echo "Module $module processed fine";            \
              else                                                  \
                   echo "Module $module failed.";                  \
                   if [ "X" != "X" ]; then      \
                      echo "Perhaps $module does not understand --rootcmd?";  \
                      echo "If you see messages that indicate that it is not"; \
                      echo "in fact being built as root, please file a bug ";  \
                      echo "against $module.";                     \
                   fi;                                              \
                   echo "Hit return to Continue";                   \
	 read ans;                                        \
              fi;                                                   \
     );                                                    \
  fi;                                                      \
        done
And no package appears :/

Any ideas what the heck is wrong? :P
 
Old 09-10-2004, 01:23 PM   #12
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Oh good lord they complicate something that is simple.

Go here:

http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...ease_id=247952

Download that tarball, somewhere, doesn't really matter where, I recommend your user directory:

cd /home/whoami
tar xvzf rt2400-1.2.0.tar.gz
cd rt2400-1.2.0
cd Module
make
make install

That's all... no kidding, you'll see a lot warnings, don't sweat 'em this was written with an older gcc in mind, it'll all still work

modprobe rt2400
dmesg

Then, hopefully, you should see a good old recognition of the device down there at the end of "dmesg", then stuff like:

ifconfig ra0 up
iwconfig ra0 essid nameofnetwork
iwconfig ra0 enc 32131322131
dhcpcd ra0
or
dhclient ra0

should apply. If you get stuck, post back.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 09-10-2004, 03:04 PM   #13
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Check out the how to on our site because there is more then the instructions that he gave. I don't know where you got the debian pacakage from but try the new howto that was put up today on www.linux-militia.net
 
Old 09-10-2004, 07:43 PM   #14
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Cool

Whooo, got it all working!

I had a little bit of difficulty at one point with the utility not actually affecting the settings of the card for some unknown reason... Not sure what I did to fix it, but it worked eventually after some fiddling around. Anyway, it's working now and I finally have internet access in Linux.

Thanks for all the help guys, it really helped .
 
Old 09-11-2004, 11:44 AM   #15
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no problem tell others about linux-miltia.net and how to's if it helped you.
 
  


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