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Old 03-25-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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getting linksys wusb54gsc wireless adapter to work with ubuntu 8.10

I cannot get my Linksys wusb54gsc v 2.0 wireless adapter working with ubuntu 8.10. Works fine under Vista.

I followed the instructions in this link and got the following result:
wusb54gsc : driver installed

However, there was no mention of a device present message. Seems the driver is there but the hardware is not recognized, although lsub shows 1737:0075 Linksys. There is no LED activity and lshw -c network show no reference to a wireless connection.

I believe this is a Broadcom chip set.

I've Googled this extensively and cannot find a resolution of this issue. Hopefully, someone has an idea. Thanks.
Old 03-25-2009, 09:54 PM   #2
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Actually, it should be a ralink driver, and it shouldn't require ndiswrapper at all.

I've had the same wireless adapter for 3 years now and it works right out of the box, without any additional setup with both slackware 12.1 and 12.2 (and iirc 12.0), so I'm a bit surprised that it doesn't with Ubuntu.

That being said, when I first got it I was running Fedora (possibly FC5), and it was a bit of a PITA every time I upgraded the kernel, or when upgrading the distro. The instructions for getting it running are found here:

Since you've come this far with the ndiswrapper route, I wouldn't necessarily toss it out the window and redo it the native way, just yet, as someone with experience along that path may jump in and save the day. However, before you tear out your hair, you may want to give the native instructions a go.

Old 03-26-2009, 04:36 PM   #3
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I tried as you suggested but it still not working. Linksys wouldn't tell me the chip set used in this model. A Google search indicated it is Broadcom, however. I have spent of lot of time on this and am now thinking that I might be better off buying an adapter that works out of the box. I have read that both Belkin FSD7050 and DLink WUA-1340 adapters might be good bets in this respect.
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I'm inclined to say that you (pbutler) have a Broadcom chip in your adapter, since Ralink chips usually work out of the box. It's possible that Linksys has used both chipsets in this model.

Before you go any further with ndiswrapper, have you tried installing the "b43-fwcutter" package? When you install this, a window automatically pops up asking you if you want to fetch the firmware. This is actually the preferred and "official" way of doing it now, and ndiswrapper is somewhat deprecated for Broadcom chips. If it's still not working after that, try a reboot.
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getting linksys wusb54gsc wireless adapter to work with ubuntu 8.04


I'm new to the Linux world and I'm trying to get my Linksys wusb54gsc wireless usb adapter working with Ubuntu 8.04 I've tried going through the steps listed here:

since they seem to fit my situation. All was going well until I tried step 5.

Here is the output after I use the make command:

billnelson5@dc5100:~/RT73_Linux_STA_Drv1.0.3.6/Module$ make clean
rm -rf *.o *~ .*.cmd *.ko *.mod.c .tmp_versions built-in.o
billnelson5@dc5100:~/RT73_Linux_STA_Drv1.0.3.6/Module$ make
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.24-23-generic/build SUBDIRS=/home/billnelson5/RT73_Linux_STA_Drv1.0.3.6/Module modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.24-23-generic'
scripts/ *** CFLAGS was changed in "/home/billnelson5/RT73_Linux_STA_Drv1.0.3.6/Module/Makefile". Fix it to use EXTRA_CFLAGS. Stop.
make[1]: *** [_module_/home/billnelson5/RT73_Linux_STA_Drv1.0.3.6/Module] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.24-23-generic'
make: *** [all] Error 2

Am I doing something wrong?

Thanks in advance.


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