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Old 08-19-2008, 08:15 PM   #1
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rt73 / GW-US54Mini2G Wireless USB

Hello all,
I need help installing the above device in openSUSE11. I tried to use the linux drivers from the CD and from their site as well. I made sure that make and gcc were installed. I am new to linux and don't know what I am missing. Thank you in advance.
This is my output:

jl@batmanOS:~/bin/GW-US54Mini2_Linux_v1.0.3.6_Eng/Module> su
batmanOS:/home/jl/bin/GW-US54Mini2_Linux_v1.0.3.6_Eng/Module # uname -r
batmanOS:/home/jl/bin/GW-US54Mini2_Linux_v1.0.3.6_Eng/Module # ls
assoc.c ifcfg-rausb0 load Makefile.6 mlme.c README rt73.h rtmp_def.h rtmp_init.c rtmp_type.h rtusb_data.c sync.c wpa.h
auth.c Configure iwpriv_usage.txt Makefile md5.c mlme.h ReleaseNote rt73sta.dat rtmp.h rtmp_main.c rtmp_wep.c rtusb_io.c unload
auth_rsp.c connect.c license Makefile.4 md5.h oid.h rt73.bin rt_config.h rtmp_info.c rtmp_tkip.c rtusb_bulk.c sanity.c wpa.c
batmanOS:/home/jl/bin/GW-US54Mini2_Linux_v1.0.3.6_Eng/Module # cp Makefile.6 ./Makefile
batmanOS:/home/jl/bin/GW-US54Mini2_Linux_v1.0.3.6_Eng/Module # make all
make -C /lib/modules/ SUBDIRS=/home/jl/bin/GW-US54Mini2_Linux_v1.0.3.6_Eng/Module modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-'
make[1]: *** No rule to make target `modules'. Stop.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-'
make: *** [all] Error 2
batmanOS:/home/jl/bin/GW-US54Mini2_Linux_v1.0.3.6_Eng/Module #
Old 08-20-2008, 10:42 PM   #2
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The rt73usb driver is in Suse already. Use Yast to configure your network.

I have a usb stick that uses the same chipset. All I had to do was plug it in, run Yast to configure the network -it had to download the firmware from a repo, so make sure you do have a current net connection- input my wireless config options, and everything worked
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I opened YaST which opened the YaST Control Center, then I clicked on Network Devices, then Network Settings. I get the YaST2 window with the Network Settings and under the Overview tab I can see my wire-connected NIC and my "802.11 bg WLAN" which is "Not configured". If I click on "Edit" I get a message: "The device needs a firmware to function properly. It can be usually downloaded from your verndor web page. If you have already downloaded and installed the firmware, click 'Continue' to configure the device. Otherwise click 'Cancel' and return to this dialog once you have installed the firmare."
What repository did you get the firmware from and how did you configure it?
Excuse me please for asking so many questions, but I have put many hours on this without results.
Again thank you.

Last edited by linuxitis; 08-22-2008 at 08:32 PM.
Old 08-22-2008, 08:43 PM   #4
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rt73 - I finally got it working

This is how I got my wireless device up and running. I will give little details so that it can help other newbies save time and patience. Remember this is in openSUSE11 with KDE.

Go to Http:// Pick your openSUSE version and search for the chipset manufacturer or the chipset itself, in this case “ralink”. This will give you the option to install the firmware thru YaST. Click on the “Install” button (usually first option); when the opening window pops up click on “open with YaST Meta Package Handler” and click on “OK”. Choose all the default settings and click on “Next”. Once the firmware is installed open YaST, then click on “Network Devices”, then “Network Settings”. Under the “Overview” tab you'll see your “*** WLAN” device “Not configured”. Highlight it and click on the “Edit” button. When you get the message “The device needs a firmware to funtion properly...” click on “Continue”. Under the “General” tab in the “Device Activation” section choose “At Boot Time”; under the “Address” tab “Dynamic Address DHCP”, under the “Hardware” tab in the “Kernel Module” section make sure you choose “rt73usb” or the available one. Click on Next and Finish. Go back to the “Network Settings” window and under the “Global Options” tab in the “Network Setup Method” section, choose “User Controlled with Network Manager”. Click on Finish. Close all your windows.
Go to the start menu, System, Desktop Applet, and click on Network Manager. This will give you an icon on your lower right next to the clock where you'll see your wireless usb device active and ready to connect to your wireless gateway.
I hope this can help others as well.

I forgot to mention, this will work with any wireless device with the rt73 chipset not only the one above. I tested this with my other wireless device without needing to modify Network Settings. I only had to reconnect to the wireless signal.

Last edited by linuxitis; 08-22-2008 at 09:52 PM.


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