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Author Topic: wireless network adapter driver  (Read 249 times)
rkonrad
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« on: December 03, 2014, 02:25:41 pm »

I've just installed Vector Light 7 (full install) and I cannot get the system to load the driver for my Cisco Linksys AE3000 usb wireless adapter.  I have installed many distributions and none of have shown any problems here.  This link http://geekniggle.blogspot.ca/2012/07/cisco-linksys-ae3000-wifi-usb-dongle.html shows how to do it.  All the compile etc commands seem to run fine but when I finally enter "modprobe -v rt3573sta" nothing happens.  In fact the most recent "Mint" loads the driver automatically.  I would appreciate any help.  Thanks!
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rkonrad
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2014, 05:55:13 pm »

Maybe starting to answer my own question....if Mint 17 automatically loads the driver then I may see if I can install the latest kernel for VC.  I can't see any how-to instructions online.  I've configured and installed kernels on Gentoo.  Is the procedure similar, or the same?  Thanks.
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M0E-lnx
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2014, 06:13:42 am »

well, if you type 'modprove rt3573sta' and nothing happens, then that's a good sign.  you should verify that the module got loaded by using the lsmod command 'lsmod | grep 3573sta'.  Other than the kernel module, you may also need to look into the firmware... make sure your VL installation has the correct firmware for that adaptor.
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rkonrad
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2014, 11:21:36 am »

I'm not sure how to do that.  Could you point me in the right direction?
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rkonrad
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2014, 12:06:08 pm »

I mean checking for the correct firmware - not sure how.
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2014, 11:02:56 am »

Wow...after about 8 hours of my time I figured it out - not obvious by a long shot.  Thinking I could bypass the whole issue by installing more recent kernels, I installed the two latest and came up with kernel panic.  Here I finally deduced that I shouldn't do grub-update nor reboot a new configuration with usb drives attached.  So that solved that problem but still no internet connection.

Only after looking at iwconfig  I saw that the wireless device was ra0. I then copied this into the wireless device field of the main networking tool and voila - I got a connection!

I think I'm a little spoiled from the fast forum responses of the more mainline distributions.  If I have further issues with my installation, would you advise I also go over to the slackware forum?

Cheers

Richard
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M0E-lnx
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2014, 12:27:56 pm »

LMAO... good thing you got it going Wink
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