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Old 11-01-2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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Ubuntu USB Wireless Adapter

hi all,

i have a us robotics USRXX5422 wireless adapter that i'd like to get operational.

i found this reference from a person who got the same version of this chipset (0baf:0118) working here:

i clicked on the link in his post and it was dead.

however, i went to the main website

it sounds like ndiswrapper isn't required when using this method. is this true?

i downloaded compat-wireless for kernels <= 2.6.26 (using hardy - kernel 2.6.24-21)

before i get started following the instructions, i'd appreciate some guidance on some issues i don't currently understand (and will likely cause me lots of problems if i dive in). i'll try and be to the point as much as possible.

from the tutorial:

1. Please be very sure you have your kernel headers installed before reporting any sort of build issues with this package. This usually will mean having this symlink point to a valid directory with kernel headers in it:

/lib/modules/`uname -r`/build

1. comments - i'm not linux advanced enough to know if i need to do anything. how can i verify if this already set up in hardy? how can i set it up if i need to set it up?

2. Additionally, the kernel you're building for needs a valid ".config" file, if it isn't present compat will assume you have PCI, USB and PCMCIA built into your kernel and if not, fail building.

2. comments - how can i verify a valid config file is present and, if it isn't, how can i set it up?

3. Extract:

Extract the content of the package:

tar jxvf compat-wireless-$(date -I).tar.bz2

3. comments - i think this is straightforward, but i think i use the name of the tarball i downloaded, "compat-wireless-old.tar.bz2". the "$(date -I)" throws me for a bit of a loop, however, i think it is referring to the git dated downloads (not that i understand the git dated downloads).

4. build and install look straight forward except for their reference to an "updates/" directory. do i create updates/ off of the root directory?

5. it sounds like i then use "sudo make load" and my wireless should start working (make unload should automatically be run, so i shouldn't have to do it manually, right?). is this right?
Old 11-01-2008, 11:53 PM   #2
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update - i tried the livecd of 8.10 and my 5422 works on open networks, but chokes on wpa. it tries to authenticate, but can't.

does anyone have any ideas how to troubleshoot this?



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