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Hey all, I have a D-Link DWL-G122 USB Wi-Fi dongle plugged into my computer, however, I can't seem to get it to work with Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring (it worked ...
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    Hey all,

    I have a D-Link DWL-G122 USB Wi-Fi dongle plugged into my computer, however, I can't seem to get it to work with Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring (it worked fine with 2010 before I did a clean install). I thought it would have been recognized and automatically set up as I ensured it was plugged in during the installation process. ???

    If I go to the 'System' menu --> 'Administration' --> 'Configure Your Computer' --> 'Network and Internet' --> 'Set up a new network interface' --> 'Wireless (Wi-Fi) --> 'wlan0: Ralink 802.11 bg WLAN' and then click 'Next', I'm given the following message:

    Some packages (rt73-firmware) are required but aren't available. These packages can be found in Mandriva Linux One, Mandriva Linux Powerpack, or in the official non-free package repository.

    The following component is missing: /lib/firmware/rt73.bin

    The required files can also be installed from this URL:
    http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/


    I tried going to that site but I don't understand how I'm supposed to download and install it. Is there any easier way? I put the install DVD in hoping that it would maybe install the driver. I'm kind of confused as 2010 Spring is supposed to make managing wireless connections easier ???

    Thanks in advance.

    Stu

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    The card requires non-free firmware. You should just need to add the non-free section of their repository.

    Go to Easy URPMI and add all the official medias. (You may want to add the PLF media too for other non-free software not included in the official repos.) You should then be able to find the package rt73-firmware as normal in your package manager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    The card requires non-free firmware. You should just need to add the non-free section of their repository.

    Go to Easy URPMI and add all the official medias. (You may want to add the PLF media too for other non-free software not included in the official repos.) You should then be able to find the package rt73-firmware as normal in your package manager.
    Hi reed9,

    Thanks heaps for your reply. I did that and it appeared to go through properly. At the risk of sounding stupid, is 'Install and Remove Software' (in the star menu) my package manager? I went into that and couldn't seem to find rt3-firmware anywhere.

    Thanks again.
    Stu

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    Yes, you should be able to install it via 'Install and Remove Software'. It's been a while since I've looked at Mandriva, but I seem to recall they by default hid all packages without a graphical interface in the Intall/Remove frontend. There should be an option to show all.

    Or from a terminal do
    Code:
    su -c 'urpmi rt73-firmware'

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    Yes, you should be able to install it via 'Install and Remove Software'. It's been a while since I've looked at Mandriva, but I seem to recall they by default hid all packages without a graphical interface in the Intall/Remove frontend. There should be an option to show all.

    Or from a terminal do
    Code:
    su -c 'urpmi rt73-firmware'

    I type that in and it asks for a password. Once I've put in the password it then says:

    bash: urpmi: command not found

    Could you please tell me what that means? I've double-checked that it's spelled exactly how you wrote it. ???

    Thanks heaps.
    Stu

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    I don't know whether or not it helps, but it I type 'wireless' into 'Install and Remove Software' (I think it's also called Software Management), I get the following three search results:

    - net-wireless (not ticked)
    - wireless-regdb (ticked)
    - wireless-tools (ticked)

    If I type 'wifi' in, I get:

    - cairo-dock-wifi (not ticked)
    - iwlwifi-6050-ucode (not ticked)
    - madwifi-source (not ticked)
    - plasma-applet-wifi (not ticked)
    - python-wifi (not ticked)
    - wifi-radar (not ticked)
    - wmwifi (not ticked)

    If I type in 'wlan', I get:

    - knowlan (not ticked)
    - wlandetect (not ticked)
    - wlanfe (not ticked)

    Stu

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    urpmi is Mandriva's command line package management tool.

    Possibly you need to use the full path, probably /sbin/urpmi

    What's the output of
    Code:
    which urpmi
    The rest of the stuff is not what we're looking for, I'm afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    urpmi is Mandriva's command line package management tool.

    Possibly you need to use the full path, probably /sbin/urpmi

    What's the output of
    Code:
    which urpmi
    The rest of the stuff is not what we're looking for, I'm afraid.
    Hi Reed9,

    Thanks for the reply. I tried typing that in in 'Terminal' however, it said 'No such file or directory'.

    I did, however, notice that there is a Root Terminal application when going into the Mandriva menu --> 'Tools'. I tried typing 'su -c 'urpmi rt73-firmware' in there and it said 'No package named rt73-firmware'. Is that a good sign? I also tried typing in '/sbin/urpmi' however it also told me 'No such file or directory'.

    Thanks again - sorry about my late replies.

    Stu

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