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Old 02-25-2010, 03:30 PM   #1
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Determined not to ask a dumb question.... but here goes...

Brand new linux user... installed ubuntu but cannot get online using my wireless usb adapter.... have spent several hours reading and trying and re-reading and trying... the adapter is a Linksys WUSB54GSv1 - i have installed ndiswrapper etc as suggested and have copied the .inf files to the system from the CD. But when i use the gui to instal the driver its says driver not valid... i am confused? how can it not be valid - what am i doing wrong.. I have also copied usb8024k.sys and rndismpk.sys to the same home directory... but dont know what to do with them....

i also followed another thread that suggested that they had "used snapshot from 13/02/2006, along with the usr system files that i had to install on a windows machine to extract." I am afraid i got lost at this point...

Can anyone explain.... can anyone just help me to get connected via this USB wireless adapter...???
Old 02-25-2010, 03:46 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!!

This provides some encouragement:

Have you checked the Linksys website?
Old 02-25-2010, 03:53 PM   #3
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You mentioned that you didn't have any luck with the GUI but did you try the command line? Thu Ubuntu ndiswrapper documentation has a pretty clear explanation. Here's the link:

Hope this helps.
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For the record, this isn't a dumb question. It's probably the most common issue you'll see around here
Old 02-26-2010, 03:41 PM   #5
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Smile SOLVED - thanks

Thanks - i learned a whole bunch more on this.... BUT the actual solution to the problem came a lot easier than i anticipated.. It became clear that i was not on the latest version of Ubuntu (v8 instead of v9). So given i am new to all of this decided it was prudent to start all over again with the latest version.

On installing v9 low and behold the linksys wireless USB device was recognised and connected almost instantly without any interventions....

But thanks for responding and thanks for not trampling all over a newbie...

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Welcome to LQ!

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Thanks for the feedback, please marked the thread as [Solved] via the 'Thread Tools'.

Just a few links to aid you to gaining some understanding;

Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Utimate Linux Newbie Guide
Getting Started with Linux
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
Linux Home Networking

The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
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My thanks for a very amusing thread title.


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