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triad 05-12-2012 09:01 AM

How can I slipstream compiled wlan drivers into Ubuntu?

Recently I have been having some difficulty with my project (Dell 2600 Poweredge 2.4 Xeon and 512 ram running Ubuntu 10.04). I attempted to expand its horizons by giving it a wireless usb widget (Netis WF-2106 Nband). The cd did have some code to assemble/compile into drivers. That was fun.. but now the method(s) outlined in the manual are not working. I have less than half a clue where to try to move them and then that may no help as the system wouldn know they are there?
How can I get ubuntuś hardware driver detector or perhaps apt or aptitude to recognize and integrate the drivers? Thanks

TedHornsby84 05-12-2012 02:55 PM

Can you give me a little more info on how you built the drivers? First thing I'd try is run "make install" as root in the same directory you ran make in to build the driver.

triad 05-12-2012 03:29 PM

Well the distro had everything in an archive with a like 30 character name so i renamed it to usbwlan and ran the make file in home folder. The outputs were 8172.c 8172.ko.c modules. 8172.o and so forth. i didnt really understand the convention and the make was provided. i lnow im such a nube im looking for /system32 and *.inf. i wish i understood what it needes to call for and where it stowed it so i could work it out. When i get back home i can give you a more complete report.

TedHornsby84 05-15-2012 03:28 AM

If the make finished without errors, you should have a *.ko file. This needs to go into the directory


/lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/net/wireless/
From there, I believe you simply run "depmod -a", and you should be able to load the driver with a modprobe command, ie 'modprobe 8172'. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, please, as I'm not 100% on this.

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