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Thanx much. Ahhh... see someone else told me the drivers are installed. However when I went to the CD that came with the antenna, I got the understanding that they hadn't installed???? OK, so now, I run this dmesg and it will inform me as to what I need to do? Please explain "running grep on dmesg?
I went to UbuntuSoftwareCenter and searched for inxi. Nothing came up. OK, enlighten me to what this is;where I get it; and how to download/install and use it. Or rather, just point me in the direction of it users manual and download site. I've never heard of it.
Dude. Sorry I did not respond sooner. I had to put my wife on a plane and I am flying solo this week so fun and games.
Ok. Covered that. So that you can help your self and learn something in the process. Also because my priorities while the wife is gone are drinking and motorcycle riding. Plus I am gonna turn you on to a Ubuntu Google Search Engine.
dmesg command prints the kernel message buffer in a terminal. You can scroll up and down with Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDown. What you see is very useful information about your system initialization as kernel is loading. Any time you have hardware issues you should inspect dmesg output. There is grep utility which can be used to search and filter output of any command, it can search also in its own. For instance, if there is a kernel driver looking for firmware it will be in dmesg output. For instance, to see all lines containing 'firmware' you can pipe dmesg output to grep:
Well, neither of those sites were helpful.If you read post concerning my particular device/WiFi card(Rt3070) you'll note it says "should work out-of-box-...just plug it in"--well, obviously, that's NOT the case. Anyway, Thanx for replying.
THANK YOU. Well, I've been told that I do have the drivers downloaded. there have been suggestions I need to apply certain other modules, or perhaps add-ons that will activate/enhance the performance. I just don't know!!?? Perhaps I should add that, lately, I've been having some 'quirks" with Ubuntu itself. So, the problems may lie within it's system and, therefore, not the fault of the external antenna. See, I just don't know. I'll check out the "site" you've suggested and get back to you.
Ok, went to page, read it, and need some clarification. What I read/gather from site is,...???? I'm NOT sure what I'm downloading/installing. Is it a pkg mgr? Is it needed software for Ralink??? Does Ralink need additional software to work to it's specs? I won't download/install just anything... I need to know. Please don't take offense. I do want this ordeal with external antenna fixed and working at it's optimum. Thank You for your reply
to see if the raylink driver is installed or not in your kernel.
The firmware is not supplied in Linux distros because of legal issues. If you have the driver. But not the firmware. The usb wifi won't work.
It wont hurt to download and install the file. I bet if you left click on it. Gdebi will open since you say you are running Ubuntu 12.04.
You will need a reboot to make sure the install takes.
Then try network manager in Ubuntu to connect your wireless.
If yo8u are afeared. Keep the download in a folder. Open synaptic. Look for it in the search box (name is in the folder you have the deb in). Pick uninstall if it does not work.
Use the pdf for Ubuntu 12.04 to teach you a few things. Happy Trails, Rok
Edit: I have been marking other members posts as helpful as they have been very useful in this thread. md5sum check the all deb in terminal before installing with gdebi.
$ cd Music
Buckethead - Soothsayer.mp3 Music The_Rolling_Stones-Doom_And_Gloom.mp3
lonely - world.mp3 Streaming zip_files
$ md5sum Buckethead\ -\ Soothsayer.mp3
5003cadbe06045ec52a06dea5a27fb3e Buckethead - Soothsayer.mp3
The firmware is needed for your wireless driver to work. You will need to restart your computer after installing the firmware for the usb to work. Firmware is software that is loaded to the device by the driver for the device to work. Most distros have a package that includes firmware for several different devices instead of having a firmware package for each individual device. The package I pointed you too was based on the information you had provided about the distro your are using and the wireless usb your trying to get working.