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Old 08-24-2010, 05:56 PM   #1
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Driver issues with Wireless card (Asus PCE-N13, ie ralink rt2860) in Fedora 12

Recently bought this wireless card since I had to swap my old motherboard with built-in wireless for a new one so I could run a few new components. This Asus card is designed to work with both Linux and Windows and works right off the bat with a simple install in Windows 7 (on another HD), but it is an absolute nightmare to install in fedora. The readme that it comes with is incredibly poorly written and basically makes no sense (with instructions like "Modify Makefile as necesssary", which I absolutely have no idea how to do). I found some Ralink RT2860 .cmd files that were supposed to install the drivers, but was prompted to install additional packages to get the install to work (shortly after starting into resolving dependencies) but get a transaction error with all different versions of the .cmds. I tried the same thing through the add/remove software wizard, but get the same errors. An example of what it says within "more details" would be
"kmod-rt2860- requires kernel-uname-r ="
Any help on how to get these drivers installed?
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Still a Problem?

I was looking up this wifi nic for someone else and saw this post. If you haven't either fixed it or given up here's my twapence. Makefiles are simple text "recipes" that are usually generated by a configure script. If you look into the directory created when you unpacked the tar.gz or tar.bz2. if there is a file called "configure" I would run it since it will customize a Makefile for your system.

If there is no configure script then you should open the Makefile with a text editor and answer as many points as you can. For example the error you mentioned sounds like there is a place in there that wants you to specify the kernel you are using. The reason this isn't done automatically is because 1) You may have more than one kernel installed and/or 2) it is a generic Makefile and requires slight modification for different systems before it can complete.

You will also need kernel headers or actual source files for that kernel. You can verify this by looking in "/lib/modules" for that kernel version. That is where the completed new driver module will reside once it completes. Then you can modprobe it and configure your wifi network connection details either with your wifi manager or "iwconfig"

Hope this helps


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