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Old 05-09-2017, 07:14 PM   #1
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Ourlink AC600 not working on dell optiplex 330 Linux Mint


I Recently bought a dell Optiplex 330 off eBay refurbished for 30 dollars. It came with windows 10 which I immediately switched to the latest version of Linux mint 64 bit. I also got an Ourlink AC600 to access the internet. The dongle worked on windows 10 but stopped working on Mint. I have a Macbook pro to access the internet and have very little to no experience with coding.


Any help would be greatly appreciated,
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:44 PM   #2
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This looks like it might help: https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2228244

Try
Code:
$ lspci -vv | grep -i -A 10 ethernet
and see what chip your wireless card uses. The example thread above (link) is for a Realtek chip. You basically just have to install the correct firmware using a wired Internet connection.

BTW nice buy on the Optiplex!

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Old 05-09-2017, 08:18 PM   #3
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So there's no way to do it without ethernet connection? I'd have to drag everything to the absolute opposite end of the house. Would it jut make more sense to get another cheap one that's definitely plug and play compatible?
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With Linux and wireless you always need firmware. Wireless IS Ethernet. Should I use wireless or Ethernet actually makes no sense. But you need a connection to the Internet to install the firmware, so your wireless will work.

The issue is not whether Linux wants to be plug and play. The firmware packages are proprietary. licensed software blobs with restrictions on their use. Not every user wants to use software with legal restrictions on it.

So, if you install it yourself, the distro developers can be pretty sure you don't mind using it. It's kind of a technicality with open-source. There is a way to just download the package you want with apt-get, copy it to a USB drive, and then put the file on the machine in question.

Code:
$ apt-get download package
But finding the name of the package might be tough if you've never run "apt-get update", which will only work with an Internet connection. But if you give me your wireless chipset manufacturer and model, I'll look for what file you need and tell you the name of the package.

Let's just say you need Realtek firmware.
Code:
$ apt-get download firmware-realtek
Put that on some media and take it to the machine that needs it.

On that machine
Code:
$ dpkg -i firmware-realtek_rest_of_package_name
Or this links to the actual package file, so you can retrieve it using any browser: http://cosmos.cites.illinois.edu/pub...k_0.43_all.deb

I'm just in a good mood right now. Take advantage of it. I'll probably never do this much work for someone else ever again!
 
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Would it jut make more sense to get another cheap one that's definitely plug and play compatible?
Hello and welcome to the forum

Quite possibly. Take a look at beachboy2's blog post here for a possible solution.

Regards...
 
Old 05-10-2017, 08:56 PM   #6
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Ok, so the mini DVD that came with the connecter says "VER Realtek" it is too small for the DVD player so I can't download the driver off there. So now that I know the driver is Realtek should I run the sample you gave for realtek in terminal on my MacBook pro? and once I've done so how should I go about bringing it to the other computer?

Im sorry Im such a newbie

thanks a lot
 
  


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