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Old 09-20-2006, 06:16 PM   #1
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Using kernel-headers in fresh Ubuntu install

I'm trying to install my wireless card (WMP54G with RT61 chipset) on the latest version of Ubuntu. I've managed to install build-essentials from the LiveCD repository, but nothing appears in /usr/src so I can't 'make' the drivers. I also can't use apt-get unless I really have to as it means lugging my pc somewhere else. Anyone got any suggestions? I've already tried sudo aptitude install kernel-headers-`uname -r` without success (I installed build-essentials with the same method).



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Old 09-21-2006, 07:45 AM   #2
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OK, so I managed to install the Kernel Headers. I've made the drivers according to this guide, but I can't edit rt61sta.dat using
$ vi -b rt61sta.dat
(it's read only), and I can't run
$ iwconfig ra0 essid myssid/mode managed
as it says "Set failed on device ra0 ; the operation is not permitted". If I do an iwconfig it shows up as having the RT61 drivers, rt61 appears in the modules list. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Try sudo for the "vi" - better is to try something like "sudo gedit ..."
As for the "iwconfig ...", try using the menus - "System > Network settings".

Highlight the interface, and proceed from there.
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Ok, well it seems I wasn't using sudo for the iwconfig commands before. I did sudo iwconfig ra0 mode managed and it liked that (or at least it didnt complain), but I tried sudo iwconfig ra0 essid myssid and it just hung doing nothing - it seems to do that a lot with various things: is that normal?

Using the "System > Network Settings" dialog doesn't work - the ra0 device says it's not configured, I can't activate it, and when I click on properties it hangs again. Quite annoying, that hanging, as I can't do anything else - not even shutdown/restart so I have to do a hard reset.


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