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    how to install wifi in debian?


    I recently switched from ubuntu/mint to debian, and I cant seem to get my wifi drivers to work. its a generic wifi usb that ubuntu, mint, and chakra have been able to automatically detect and install. is there a tarball that has all the generic drivers for ubuntu, that I can install in debian so I can get my internet connection working? thanks...

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    Start here please and post your results.
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    Unlike Chakra, Ubuntu, or Mint, Debian does not include any non-free software. Many wireless chipsets rely on non-free firmware which must be installed. (Or more rarely non-free drivers.)

    WiFi - Debian Wiki

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    MRG123, what is the hardware? Can you tell us the brand and model please?

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    This is what I got when I typed in lshw let me know if you need more info:
    Code:
    nk STA
      *-network:0
           description: Wireless interface
           physical id: 2
           logical name: wlan0
           serial: 00:a1:b0:df:06:8d
           capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes ip=192.168.1.103 multicast=yes wireless=Ralink STA
      *-network:1 DISABLED
           description: Wireless interface
           physical id: 3
           logical name: wlan1-wlan0
           serial: 00:e0:4c:a0:2e:f8
           capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes wireless=802.11b/g
    This is running off a mint partion so I could use the net while I figured it out in debian btw...
    Last edited by MikeTbob; 03-04-2011 at 11:57 AM. Reason: Added Code Tags

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    Post the output of lsusb.

    More importantly, boot up Mint/Ubuntu without the wireless usb, then plug it in, and then post the output of dmesg.

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    Code:
    lsusb:
    
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 1d57:0008  
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 006: ID 148f:3070 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 058f:6361 Alcor Micro Corp. Multimedia Card Reader
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0bda:8174 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Code:
    dmesg:
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    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 1d57:0008  
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 006: ID 148f:3070 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 058f:6361 Alcor Micro Corp. Multimedia Card Reader
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0bda:8174 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
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    [  126.012941] Retry count exhausted or device removed!!!
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    [  126.125665] ERROR! H2M_MAILBOX still hold by MCU. command fail
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    [  126.282919] RTUSB_VendorRequest failed(-19),TxFlags=0x0, ReqType=IN, Req=0x7, Index=0x1000
    [  126.282922] CMDTHREAD_RESET_BULK_IN: Cannot do bulk in because flags(0x100a0542) on !
    [  126.283282] ---> RTMPFreeTxRxRingMemory
    [  126.283312] <--- RTMPFreeTxRxRingMemory
    [  127.580163]  RTUSB disconnect successfully
    [  174.720069] usb 1-7: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 6
    [  174.910151] === pAd = ffffc90005a0d000, size = 504952 ===
    [  174.910158] <-- RTMPAllocAdapterBlock, Status=0
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    [  175.444247] <-- RTMPAllocTxRxRingMemory, Status=0
    [  175.445786] -->RTUSBVenderReset
    [  175.445911] <--RTUSBVenderReset
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    [  175.843420] 1. Phy Mode = 0
    [  175.843426] 2. Phy Mode = 0
    [  175.843431] NVM is Efuse and its size =2d[2d0-2fc] 
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    [  175.945922] 3. Phy Mode = 0
    [  175.953049] RTMPSetPhyMode: channel is out of range, use first channel=1 
    [  175.953058] MCS Set = 00 00 00 00 00
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    [  176.057054] <==== rt28xx_init, Status=0
    [  176.058543] 0x1300 = 00073200
    [  176.628773] ---> RTMPFreeTxRxRingMemory
    [  176.628843] <--- RTMPFreeTxRxRingMemory
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    [  177.016835] <-- RTMPAllocTxRxRingMemory, Status=0
    [  177.018793] -->RTUSBVenderReset
    [  177.018916] <--RTUSBVenderReset
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    [  177.396297] 1. Phy Mode = 0
    [  177.396304] 2. Phy Mode = 0
    [  177.396310] NVM is Efuse and its size =2d[2d0-2fc] 
    [  177.450041] #
    [  177.482547] 3. Phy Mode = 0
    [  177.488677] MCS Set = 00 00 00 00 00
    [  177.560819] <==== rt28xx_init, Status=0
    [  177.562549] 0x1300 = 00073200
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    [  182.607262] ===>rt_ioctl_giwscan. 1(1) BSS returned, data->length = 143
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    [  187.649627] ===>rt_ioctl_giwscan. 1(1) BSS returned, data->length = 143
    [  187.649878] ==>rt_ioctl_siwfreq::SIOCSIWFREQ[cmd=0x8b04] (Channel=1)
    [  188.160026] wlan0: no IPv6 routers present
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    Last edited by MikeTbob; 03-04-2011 at 11:56 AM. Reason: Added Code Tags

  8. #8
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    Install firmware-ralink package.

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    You'll need to add the non-free section to your sources.list to install the firmware.

    Also that assumes you're using the current stable 6.0, Debian, Squeeze, and not Debian Lenny 5.0.

    rt2870sta - Debian Wiki

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