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Old 12-11-2007, 11:30 PM   #1
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Installing Linksys USB Wireless Adapter -- HELP!


Hey everyone. I am trying to install a Linksys Wireless G USB adapter (model # WUSB54GC) to a second desktop from my Windows machine (which I'm working on right now) with Fedora Core 6 installed on it. My second computer has no internet connection right now so therefore Linux cannot retrieve software info from the internet (hence the reason for the wireless adapter). The computer is running an older Intel Celeron with 256Mb of ram (I know it's slow, but it's a learning machine ). I like to say that I am quite proficient with computers, but all I've worked with really is Windows XP so therefore I have no experience with the command line or any of that kind of stuff. I have not plugged in the adapter directly yet as it says to insert the install disc first. If I run the setup on the install disc Linux immediately goes to the net, which isn't connected. If anyone has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 12-12-2007, 02:35 AM   #2
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A little more information is needed, which linux distro are you using? what do you mean going to the net? is there an error code? blank screen? are you running a GUI and if so which one?
 
Old 12-12-2007, 04:23 AM   #3
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I have not plugged in the adapter directly yet as it says to insert the install disc first. If I run the setup on the install disc Linux immediately goes to the net, which isn't connected. If anyone has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...sb54gc-435848/
http://forums.linksys.com/linksys/bo...essage.id=2460
http://jefim.wordpress.com/2007/07/2...ux-704-feisty/
... all these folk are using ndiswrapper for this thing.

The install disk is usually for windows so this behavior needs clarification... how are you using the disk? Unless you mean the linux install disk?
 
Old 12-12-2007, 09:28 AM   #4
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The distro that I'm using is Fedora Core 6. When I say that Linux "goes to the net", I mean that Linux tries to connect to the internet to receive software information. The install disc that I'm talking about is the install disc that comes with the adapter designed for easy install (all designed for windows though).

When I insert the adapter's install disc into my CD drive and try to run the setup program on it (by going to the main folder of the disc and double clicking setup), a message comes up from Linux saying "Retrieving Software Information", then thinks for about 5-10 seconds, and then says "no network connection available". There are no actual system or OS errors, just minor errors.

*I've checked Linksys' site for Linux drivers and there are none available just as an added point.

I'm also going to try that ndiswrapper and see how that goes.
 
Old 12-12-2007, 10:25 AM   #5
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There is actually a setup wizard for linux on a manufacturer CD? Wow!
It is probably worth rigging a wired connection just to see it working. If you don't have one, go find a cyber cafe that will let you use theirs. Quite a few will.
 
Old 12-12-2007, 12:25 PM   #6
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computerkid if you follow Simon Bridge's instruction let us know. I am not a big usb fan but maybe the same company will make a pci card. BTW I think after you get the windows driver installed go ahead and hook up the adapter.
 
Old 12-12-2007, 03:27 PM   #7
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Simon Bridge,
The setup didn't actually come up, but Linux is trying to run it I believe by getting more info for it from the net. Maybe it will run, but it's kind of stupid having to connect to the internet to install an internet adapter. Anyways, I'll let you guys know how things work out.
 
Old 12-13-2007, 12:27 AM   #8
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it's kind of stupid having to connect to the internet to install an internet adapter
... often the drivers you need exist online, so you just use a different connection method. It's not that unusual to, temporarily, use a supported connection to set up one that is less supported. If you had chosen a diffeent adapter (prism, intel) it would just go like magic.

Lynksys are bit odd right now. Used to be one of the most annoying to get set up. But they seem to be coming over to the light side more and more now. I have a lynksys WAP which is actually running linux. Putting a linux installer on the CD is an obvious step but not one I expected to see.

That the installer looks for a network connection is odd... not the way they normally write these things. The whole point of a driver disk is that you don't have to go online.

What's on this CD anyway?
ls /media/cdrom
 
Old 12-13-2007, 12:32 AM   #9
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Talking

Well here are the basics for connection.

1)Connects your desktop or notebook to a wireless network at up to 54Mbps when used with a USB 2.0 port

2) Easy, no-tools setup on any desktop or notebook computer with USB support

3)Also compatible with Wireless-B networks (at 11Mbps)

4)Wireless communications are protected WPA encryption

For a detailed reading visit Linksys.
 
Old 12-13-2007, 05:08 AM   #10
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rockaway are you sure that is a linux setup instruction, it appears to be a windows. I could not get the instruction booklet or download page, I guess they may have their servers down.
 
Old 12-13-2007, 08:35 AM   #11
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I could not get the instruction booklet or download page, I guess they may have their servers down
Nope - you just need javascript. Linksys are just not as ostentatious with it as others.

he user guide is' indeed for windows. The setup wizard is "startup.exe". This won't run in linux.

The user guide has nothing on linux, and nothing on setting it up without the wizard.

Last edited by Simon Bridge; 12-13-2007 at 08:42 AM.
 
Old 12-13-2007, 02:02 PM   #12
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computerkid, please don't post the same question in more than one forum. This looks like a duplicate of http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=606194 .
 
Old 12-18-2007, 10:56 PM   #13
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Well, I tried running the setup after hard wiring to the internet....didn't work at all. I tried ndiswrapper a little, but then I just gave up and looked at the ndiswrapper list of working adapters and returned the Linksys adapter while buying a D-Link USB adapter that was on the list. That works like a charm.
 
Old 12-20-2007, 04:02 AM   #14
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Oh well, that's always an option.
Nice try anyway.
 
  


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