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Hi all, I am new to linux mint and am trying to install drivers for a Netgear wn121t usb wifi device. I have downloaded the driver and installed with ndiswrapper, ...
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    Install netgear wn121t driver


    Hi all,

    I am new to linux mint and am trying to install drivers for a Netgear wn121t usb wifi device.

    I have downloaded the driver and installed with ndiswrapper, it shows as installed but the wifi option does not appear in the network settings menu.

    I have got the following outputs from command line inputs I have seen elsewhere.

    To be honest I am not even sure I have the right driver, the only .inf I could find was on somebody's personal site.

    ======== lsusb =======
    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0846:7100 NetGear, Inc. WN121T RangeMax Next Wireless-N [Marvell TopDog]
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0951:1607 Kingston Technology DataTraveler 100
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 04f2:1060 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 046d:c077 Logitech, Inc.
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

    ========lspci=======-
    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0846:7100 NetGear, Inc. WN121T RangeMax Next Wireless-N [Marvell TopDog]
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0951:1607 Kingston Technology DataTraveler 100
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 04f2:1060 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 046d:c077 Logitech, Inc.
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

    =====lsmod=====
    Module Size Used by
    dm_crypt 22280 0
    gpio_ich 13229 0
    snd_intel8x0 33069 3
    snd_ac97_codec 105668 1 snd_intel8x0
    ac97_bus 12642 1 snd_ac97_codec
    dcdbas 14383 0
    snd_pcm 89488 3 snd_ac97_codec,snd_intel8x0
    snd_page_alloc 14230 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
    snd_seq_midi 13132 0
    snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_rawmidi 25094 1 snd_seq_midi
    dm_multipath 22402 0
    snd_seq 55383 2 snd_seq_midi_event,snd_seq_midi
    scsi_dh 14458 1 dm_multipath
    microcode 18830 0
    psmouse 90642 0
    snd_seq_device 14137 3 snd_seq,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_midi
    serio_raw 13189 0
    snd_timer 24447 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    joydev 17097 0
    lpc_ich 16864 0
    snd 60790 13 snd_ac97_codec,snd_intel8x0,snd_timer,snd_pcm,snd_ seq,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_device,snd_seq_midi
    soundcore 12600 1 snd
    mac_hid 13037 0
    parport_pc 31981 1
    ppdev 17391 0
    lp 13299 0
    bnep 18893 2
    parport 40795 3 lp,ppdev,parport_pc
    rfcomm 53664 0
    bluetooth 323534 10 bnep,rfcomm
    binfmt_misc 13140 1
    ext2 63128 1
    squashfs 46391 1
    overlayfs 27158 1
    nls_iso8859_1 12617 1
    dm_mirror 21715 0
    dm_region_hash 15984 1 dm_mirror
    dm_log 18072 2 dm_region_hash,dm_mirror
    hid_generic 12492 0
    radeon 1307301 3
    i2c_algo_bit 13197 1 radeon
    ttm 71886 1 radeon
    drm_kms_helper 46867 1 radeon
    b44 31043 0
    ssb 51596 1 b44
    usbhid 47361 0
    hid 87192 2 hid_generic,usbhid
    drm 242354 5 ttm,drm_kms_helper,radeon
    mii 13654 1 b44
    usb_storage 48294 1
    floppy 55378 0

    ======ndiswrapper -l =====
    wn121t : driver installed
    device (0846:7100) present

    ======sudo depmod -a
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper========
    FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.

    If anybody could tell me where I am going wrong that would be much appreciated.

    I am installing onto a usb drive at the moment but will install onto hard drive once I know how to get it right.

    Cheers

    Justin

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    Code:
    sudo mintwifi
    Follow the prompts. I personally stay away ndiswarpper and windows drivers . I figure they should only be used as a last resort.
    Rubbermans link is very useful also.

    Also

    Code:
    harry@biker:~$ sudo lsusb -t
    [sudo] password for harry: 
    /:  Bus 05.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=ehci-pci/8p, 480M
        |__ Port 6: Dev 3, If 0, Class=Video, Driver=uvcvideo, 480M
        |__ Port 6: Dev 3, If 1, Class=Video, Driver=uvcvideo, 480M
        |__ Port 7: Dev 4, If 0, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=rt73usb, 480M
        |__ Port 8: Dev 5, If 0, Class=Mass Storage, Driver=ums-realtek, 480M
    /:  Bus 04.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=uhci_hcd/2p, 12M
    /:  Bus 03.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=uhci_hcd/2p, 12M
    /:  Bus 02.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=uhci_hcd/2p, 12M
        |__ Port 1: Dev 2, If 0, Class=Human Interface Device, Driver=usbhid, 1.5M
    /:  Bus 01.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=uhci_hcd/2p, 12M
    is your friend when troubleshooting usb wireless. You ca see that rt73usb drives my

    Code:
     sudo lsusb -v
    <snip>
    Bus 005 Device 004: ID 0db0:6877 Micro Star International RT2573
    Device Descriptor:
      bLength                18
      bDescriptorType         1
      bcdUSB               2.00
      bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
      bDeviceSubClass         0 
      bDeviceProtocol         0 
      bMaxPacketSize0        64
      idVendor           0x0db0 Micro Star International
      idProduct          0x6877 RT2573
      bcdDevice            0.01
      iManufacturer           1 Ralink
      iProduct                2 802.11 bg WLAN
      iSerial                 0 
      bNumConfigurations      1
      Configuration Descriptor:
        bLength                 9
        bDescriptorType         2
        wTotalLength           32
        bNumInterfaces          1
        bConfigurationValue     1
        iConfiguration          0 
        bmAttributes         0x80
          (Bus Powered)
        MaxPower              300mA
        Interface Descriptor:
          bLength                 9
          bDescriptorType         4
          bInterfaceNumber        0
          bAlternateSetting       0
          bNumEndpoints           2
          bInterfaceClass       255 Vendor Specific Class
          bInterfaceSubClass    255 Vendor Specific Subclass
          bInterfaceProtocol    255 Vendor Specific Protocol
          iInterface              0 
          Endpoint Descriptor:
            bLength                 7
            bDescriptorType         5
            bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
            bmAttributes            2
              Transfer Type            Bulk
              Synch Type               None
              Usage Type               Data
            wMaxPacketSize     0x0200  1x 512 bytes
            bInterval               0
          Endpoint Descriptor:
            bLength                 7
            bDescriptorType         5
            bEndpointAddress     0x01  EP 1 OUT
            bmAttributes            2
              Transfer Type            Bulk
              Synch Type               None
              Usage Type               Data
            wMaxPacketSize     0x0200  1x 512 bytes
            bInterval               0
    Device Qualifier (for other device speed):
      bLength                10
      bDescriptorType         6
      bcdUSB               2.00
      bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
      bDeviceSubClass         0 
      bDeviceProtocol         0 
      bMaxPacketSize0        64
      bNumConfigurations      1
    Device Status:     0x0000
      (Bus Powered)
    snip>
    which is the wireless usb device internally on this netbook.

    You probably have a driver conflict now induced by using ndiswrapper

    Code:
    ======ndiswrapper -l =====
    wn121t : driver installed
    device (0846:7100) present
    and a linux kernel module driver fighting to control the same chip. Just guessing though.
    I'm off to have fun in the sun this weekend so Happy Trails, Rok

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    After checking with some online smarter bros than me.

    My quote:

    As far as I know. Only ndiswrapper is available to make that work. If I am wrong. It would be nice to know.
    A package builders reply buddy of mine reply:

    You are correct. The WN121T has Marvell chipset and Marvell has been distinctly unhelpful with linux drivers or providing specs sufficient to write one. Stevo did build an up to date ndiswrapper-dkms package for us.
    So, I won't be of much help at all. The guy Stevo is a package builder for the distrobution "Mepis".
    At least I now know that my statement

    You probably have a driver conflict now induced by using ndiswrapper
    Is totally wrong and that

    should only be used as a last resort.
    applies in your case. Unfortunately. I don't need ndiswrapper on any of my hardware so I have not used it in a very long time.
    Maybe a modprobe the niswrapper module may be in order before wlan0 wireless interface will show but I can't swear to it.
    Hopefully some other forum member will read this and know what to say to you.
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    It is of little help to the OP, but it is on-target to day that
    a person needs to check for Linux compatiblility in hardware before buying.
    Do not believe the advertising hype.

    I agree that avoiding ndiswrapper unless totally unavoidable is a very good idea to follow.

    I recently purchased a Netgear N450 (WNR2500) that does all I want it to do. It is better for me than a $225 Asus and cost less than a third of that.

    data-alliance.net/servlet/-strse-Alfa-Products-cln-USB-WiFi-adapters-cln-Longest-Range/Categories -- Suggestion for USB wireless adapter

    Bottom Line: return it, if possible, IMHO, and get another.

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