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gongalov 07-11-2008 09:17 AM

Need help to get to work a Linksys WUSB54GC under openSUSE 11 or Ubuntu 8.04.1
Hi all,
can anyone help me with a step-by-step instructions in installing the Ralink RT73 driver for this wireless USB netork adapter.
I am a complete newbie in Linux and have never installed from source or compiled the kernel.
If additional information (e.g. some console commands results)is needed I will try to get it here.

Edit: actually now I'm using Ubuntu on my both systems in dual boot with WindowsXP SP2

Thanks in advance

Greenfuse 07-11-2008 03:55 PM

I have got ralink rt73 working using the serialmonkey driver.

First of all you need a few tools - use synaptic or apt-get to install (if they are not installed on your system): gcc, make and kernel-headers (the headers must be the version which corresponds to your installed kernel. Use the command < uname -r > to see what your kernel is)

Download the driver (What you download is a tar.gz file which is a zipped set of source code and instructions for building the driver)

You will need to use the command line.

Copy the downloaded file to a safe place, such as the tmp folder
$ cp rt73-cvs-daily.tar.gz /tmp

change to the /tmp directory
$ cd /tmp

unzip (extract and decompress)the file
$ tar -xzvf rt73-cvs-daily.tar.gz

A new directory will be created in /tmp which contains what you need to build the driver. List the contents of the /tmp directory to see what name the directory has
$ ls

It will be named something like this <rt73-cvs-2008052617>, except the numbers, corresponding to the date of the driver, will be different. Change into the new directory
$ cd <name of new directory>

List the contents to see what you have there
$ ls

You should see a list something like :
Change into the Module directory
$ cd Module

List the contents (as above). There should be a file named README. Read the instructions in the README file
$ less README (to exit 'less' and return to the command prompt, type 'q')

Follow the instructions in README to make and install the driver. You might want to have the instructions open in one terminal while you carry them out in another. With the instructions that need to be run as root (signified by a hash # at the start of the instruction as opposed to the dollar sign $) you will need to type 'sudo' first.
(For example: $ sudo make install)
This is an inconvenience peculiar to Ubuntu.

To use the driver I recommend the utility 'RutilT' which is provided by serialmonkey. I don't know if Ubuntu repos contain rutilt. If not , download and make the utility in the same way that you did with the rt73 driver, (except the installation instructions are in the INSTALL file, not the README file)

Good luck and ask questions if you have trouble.

gongalov 07-11-2008 06:37 PM

Thanks for the instructions, but I think I have a BIG problem: Ubuntu tries to update itself but it cannot access the repositories, because I have not a connection to internet, so no updates, and no installation of any tool, except these from the install disk.
I can try to install these things manually, downloading them from windows and then installing from the command line but I expect it will be a painful mess with the dependencies.

jkzfixme 07-11-2008 08:40 PM

gongalov 07-12-2008 05:57 AM

So, I've searched in system logs and that's what I've found:

Jul 13 01:39:55 C2Duo6750-Home NetworkManager: <info> wlan0: Device is fully-supported using driver 'rt73usb'.
Jul 13 01:39:55 C2Duo6750-Home NetworkManager: <info> wlan0: driver supports SSID scans (scan_capa 0x01).
Jul 13 01:39:55 C2Duo6750-Home NetworkManager: <info> nm_device_init(): waiting for device's worker thread to start
Jul 13 01:39:55 C2Duo6750-Home NetworkManager: <info> nm_device_init(): device's worker thread started, continuing.
Jul 13 01:39:55 C2Duo6750-Home NetworkManager: <info> Now managing wireless (802.11) device 'wlan0'.
Jul 13 01:39:55 C2Duo6750-Home NetworkManager: <info> Deactivating device wlan0.

Jul 13 01:42:13 C2Duo6750-Home kernel: [ 50.843560] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
Jul 13 01:42:13 C2Duo6750-Home kernel: [ 50.843736] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
Jul 13 01:42:13 C2Duo6750-Home kernel: [ 50.844117] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready

It seems like wlan0 is up but on some reason it's deactivating

rubing 07-12-2008 10:31 PM

Help me or I will eat your children
Hey people,

I am also a linux noob, running xubuntu hardy heron 8.04.

Although my WUSB54GC runs out of the box it also crashes out of the box. Things seem a little bit better when I use ndiswrapper and the windows driver, but its still tempermental. Do you think this serial monkey stuff will resolve my problems. Don't I have to blacklist the old stuff first?


Greenfuse 07-14-2008 02:33 AM


I can't help you with the error messages you have found.

What is the output of the command <dmesg | tail> a few seconds after inserting the usb adapter? (dmesg is messages from the kernel, it might provide more information than the messages than syslog or daemon log)

You can also check to see if the driver module has correctly loaded. The command <lsmod> will list the loaded modules.

Did you install the serialmonkey driver, or are these errors from the Ubuntu driver?


Using Linux drivers for a well supported chipset, such as ralink, will always provide better features than with using ndiswrapper. Ndiswrapper is good to use for chipsets which lack Linux support.

Check other posts about blacklisting, I don't know Ubuntu very well.

rubing 07-15-2008 11:08 AM

ndiswrapper versus linux driver
Well, I tried using the rt73 driver from serial monkey, but it didn't work any better! Its disapointing since, I bought this adapter b/c the linux wifi pages said it was a supported chipset. :-(

So, I am using ndiswrapper and it ususally works for about an hour before the computer just locks up. Maybe I should just return the dongle to Radio Shack??

Can someone tell me of a cheap decent wireless card/usb that will work out of the box??

tommytomthms5 07-15-2008 03:38 PM

i can't exactly help with your problem but...

I say everyone should take note from the formatting of this topic from the title to the wording and info I must say, Bravo!

edit: i must mention this mostly applies to the 1st post

gongalov 07-16-2008 05:54 PM

Thanks greenfuse, but I'm done with the wireless networking under all kind of linuxes. NEVER MORE ANY WIRELESS SHIT

I pluged the cable directly into my NIC and I'm fine now

thanks to all for trying help me

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