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The nuts and bolts => Installation & Updates => Topic started by: fillemon on May 15, 2008, 12:39:51 pm

Title: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: fillemon on May 15, 2008, 12:39:51 pm
hello, i got vectorlinux up and running, thanx to some support already,

but here is the hardest part for me.
setting up a sweex usb key: chipset rt2571wf

i have found a driver but then they say it is not the good one. there seem to be a few rt25XX drivers on the net. but not that good for the 2571.

can anyone help me out on this ?

i also read about ndiswrapper. and then install the windows driver.
but for a new one, it is not that simple, i have red tutorials about it, still
i'm not getting there.

if the ndiswrapper is the best way to go, i will certainly do it. instead of trying a lot of different drivers that might not work.

thanx a lot
greetings
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: hata_ph on May 15, 2008, 05:59:02 pm
It would be nice to provide the brand and model of your USB wifi device......
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: fillemon on May 16, 2008, 07:32:26 pm
setting up a sweex usb key: chipset rt2571wf

so the brand is sweex, the model is rt2571wf ralink.
voila
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: bigpaws on May 16, 2008, 10:35:25 pm
It took some time to find decent information on this
hardware. Sweetex site was really no help at all.

This chipset appears to be included in the kernel.

So all you should have to do is modprobe rt73usb.

Here is the post I got this from:

http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=46822 (http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=46822)

Bigpaws
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: fillemon on May 17, 2008, 12:15:58 pm
hello , that is super,

the only thing is that i can't find that rt73usb file ?
do i have to download it ? and if so, do i have to put it somewhere specific ?


me myself i was looking, and on ralink (the manufactur you can find the driver and some info)
http://www.ralinktech.com/ralink/Home/Support/Linux.html

so i downloaded it, and was doing everything they say in the readme file. but like always
it goes much to fast : they say: load the driver, but as a newby : how do you have to load a driver ?
so there i was stuck. 

but if your option works that is super.
still i'm stuck again on the rt73usb file.

thanx already
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: bigpaws on May 17, 2008, 12:49:45 pm
The commands are listed:

" #[kernel 2.6]
    #    $/sbin/insmod rt73.ko
    #    $/sbin/ifconfig rausb0 inet YOUR_IP up
"

Bigpaws
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: fillemon on May 17, 2008, 04:01:56 pm
hello bigpaws,

thanx a lot, but i don't see it,
where are they listed ?  that way i can read the complete thing, otherwise i'm not gonna get there
thanx
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: hata_ph on May 17, 2008, 06:15:55 pm
did you try run this command as root?
Quote
modprobe rt73usb

pls post your lsmod output to us.....
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: fillemon on May 17, 2008, 06:24:37 pm
FATAL: Module rt73usb not found

that's what i get for "the computer"
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: exeterdad on May 17, 2008, 10:05:30 pm
as root do this command to see if you have the module:
modprobe -l | grep "rt73*" <----- that's a hyphen and a lowercase "L"
On my machine it yields:
/lib/modules/2.6.24.3/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rt2x00/rt73usb.ko
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: fillemon on May 19, 2008, 01:34:38 pm
thanx for this newby proof commando explain

i have typed it, but the response i get is

vector:/~

so i don't think i have the module

still i have the latest kernel (although i have put in a ck kernel)

thanx a lot
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: fillemon on May 21, 2008, 03:30:31 pm
anyone ?
thank you
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: exeterdad on May 21, 2008, 05:41:44 pm
fillemon, for whatever reason your needed module is not in that kernel.  Our modprobe -l proved that. You can update your kernel again, to a kernel that does have the module. I can only confirm the 2.6.24.3 at the moment. You've installed a ck kernel so I'm sure you can handle it.  If you aren't willing to part with the ck kernel, you can always run multiple kernels to try them out.

I would be interested in the output of:
lsusb -v
and just:
lsusb
But please only the section related to your stick.  With that we can nail down exactly the chipset of the card.
It's not that I feel you have provided incorrect information.  I've found too often what's on the box isn't exactly what's in the innards of the hardware.  I'd be happy to attempt some legwork for you, but want to make sure I'm searching for the correct thing.
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: fillemon on May 21, 2008, 07:29:02 pm
thank you so much exeterdad,

well i have no problem giving up a ck kernel for my wifi. funtionality goes way beyond speed.
cause working on a linux system only makes sense to me, if i can use my wifi.

so the first thing i will do is install the newest kernel, ( i suppose that's the one you displayed).

for the ouput
bus 1 device 2 : id 148f:2573 ralink technology corp

if i type lsusb - v, i get a lot info;  :)

well the type is rt2573wf, i'm quite sure, and you know why ? cause i opened the usb key to check the chipset.
finding it for windows was also very very hard, on the manufactur website it was not working, so i openend it
and saw that it was a ralink. and from there things went good.

so i'm gonna try to install the 2.6.24.3 kernel.
untill then, keep those legs at rest  :D
thanx so much already
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: fillemon on May 21, 2008, 08:12:00 pm
well i'm running the 2.6.24.3 kernel,
if i do a modprobe i get
fatal: could not load /lib/modules/2.6.24.3/modules.dep

that's it so far.

thanx a lot
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: exeterdad on May 22, 2008, 05:22:12 am
Did you happen to install the matching kernel modules when you grabbed the new kernel?
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: fillemon on May 22, 2008, 09:56:57 am
euuu,  ;D

well i installed the new kernel just like someone on this forum told me to install the ck kernel.

download both of these
http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-5.9/kernels/kernel-2.6.24.3.......
http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-5.9/kernels/kernel-modules-2.6.24.3.....

open a terminal and su to root
type installpkg kernel*tlz
then run vliloconf
then reboot and try the new kernel

that's what i did.  :)
Title: Re: a second newbie question: usb wifi stick
Post by: exeterdad on May 22, 2008, 12:42:22 pm
What happens if you run (as root):
depmod -aq
Then:
modprobe rt73usb
Then:
iwconfig

Hopefully you should see evidence your card is working.  Then VLwifi can take it from there.
Good luck.

Edit: I wish I would of responded to this post hours ago, I got distracted then couldn't find were this post was located.