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Old 09-02-2006, 07:16 PM   #1
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Compiling and installing RT73 driver on Slackware 10.2

Hi all, this is my first (successful) Linux installation, so please bear with me as I attempt to straighten all this out.

Okay, so I'm attempting to use a D-Link DWL-G122 (rev. C1) wireless adapter on Slackware 10.2, which I understand uses the Ralink RT73 driver. So far, I have successfully compiled the driver files with the updated definitions so it will properly recognize the adapter when loaded into the kernel.

The next instructions are:
5> $cp rt73.bin /etc/Wireless/RT73STA/      # copy firmware

6> $dos2unix rt73sta.dat
Two minor problems here! First, the /Wireless directory does not exist under /etc. Is there another place where this file should be put, or am I supposed to explicitly create this directory?

Secondly, Slackware does not seem to include the dos2unix program indicated. Is there another program I can use for this purpose? Apparently I just have to make sure this dat file is a binary file in Linux format (as opposed to DOS format).

Without this adapter, my box is not going to be able to connect to the network as desired. I'm not in control of the network here (I'm renting), so running a wired connection isn't an option. I can transfer files between my Windows box and the Slackware box via a USB flash drive, though.

Thanks for the help!
Old 09-03-2006, 03:16 PM   #2
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Changing file type

OK, I think I'm figuring this out slowly. At the moment, I've got a text file that needs to be changed into a binary file. Is there a simple command to change a file type from text to binary?
Old 09-17-2006, 07:45 PM   #3
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You need to create that directory, then move/copy the bin files there.
Old 09-20-2006, 01:57 AM   #4
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I believe in slackware dos2unix is called fromdos
Old 09-21-2006, 05:54 PM   #5
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I posted this on a similar thread:

There are linux drivers available for the B1 & C1 hardware versions of DWL-G122 at the D-Link support web site and selecting the product code in the drop lists.

I wonder if anyone out there has experience with these drivers?
Old 12-18-2006, 06:03 PM   #6
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If you still need help with the driver, which I doubt, get the one from serialmonkey and see my post here.
Old 12-28-2006, 03:23 PM   #7
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I have successfully installed the rt73 driver into a westinghouse laptop. Now, however, the link to the initial windows file, MSI_RT6x_RT7x_1.0.0.0302.exe, has vanished. As I would like to post solutions to ubuntu on the westinghouse laptop, I would like a reliable link for rt73.inf, rt73.sys. Where canI get that?
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I went through this process just about a month ago (with CentOS not Slackware, so other comments about the Slackware dos2unix command alternative apply). Installed Ralink RT73 to a Dell Optiplex desktop runing CentOS 4.4.
I recorded the fun-and-games, and more importantly what worked, on my web-site:
Follow the PCs and Workstations link to Linux and then to Wireless.
Thereon is a step-by-step of what I found (eventually) worked for me and at the bottom of the page are a couple of tables with a number of links to drivers and information that I found useful, the second table in particular is Ralink RT card specific.
Hope that helps.


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