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Originally Posted by waterhead Does the error message still say that the firmware is not found, or does it now load the firmware but not work. The more I look, ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterhead View Post
    Does the error message still say that the firmware is not found, or does it now load the firmware but not work.

    The more I look, the more firmware versions that I find. You may want to try every firmware that may have a chance of working. Here are some more that you can try:

    The prism54 firmwares

    I found a debian how-o that says to use s different firmware version. remember, the firmwarte version s dependent on your kernel version.

    prism54 - Debian Wiki
    Yes it loads the firmware because it was already in the /lib/firmware/ directory. It works but when I try to connect to my unprotected wifi it doesnt connect

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    My WiFi used the same chipset (isl3887). To get it going in Ubuntu 9.04 I had to do two things.

    Step 1:- Replace the firmware
    ---------

    The isl3887usb_bare firmware that comes with the Ubuntu distros did not work for my wifi. Get the right firmware file for your kernel version from

    linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/p54

    To check your kernel version, open Terminal and type uname -r

    Assumming you have kernel 2.6.28 download this firmware file:

    daemonizer.de/prism54/prism54-fw/fw-usb/2.13.1.0.arm.1

    then rename the file to isl3887usb_bare and put it in /lib/firmware

    Step 2:- Install linux-wlan-ng Package
    --------

    Use the Synaptic Package Manager to install the linux-wlan-ng package (open Synaptic from the menu and type wlan into the search box). The linux-wlan-ng package comes with Ubuntu distros, I believe.

    After that I plugged the wifi adatper in and it was detected and loaded the firmware (I had to experiment with the setup details a bit to connect to my router).

    Hope this works for you too.

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    Thank you for the information, I hope it helps myfriday get the wireless functioning. I believe it is a firmware problem too.

    I also see a package named linux-wlan-ng-firmware. here is what is is:
    This package doesn't contain the firmware files, but a script to download
    the upstream source tarball and build a deb that contains them. Note that
    only some adapters really need a firmware file and that firmware files are
    not completely free (in the sense of freely redistributable), that's why
    this package exists.
    It may not help, but it's worth a try.
    Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipein View Post
    My WiFi used the same chipset (isl3887). To get it going in Ubuntu 9.04 I had to do two things.

    Step 1:- Replace the firmware
    ---------

    The isl3887usb_bare firmware that comes with the Ubuntu distros did not work for my wifi. Get the right firmware file for your kernel version from

    linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/p54

    To check your kernel version, open Terminal and type uname -r

    Assumming you have kernel 2.6.28 download this firmware file:

    daemonizer.de/prism54/prism54-fw/fw-usb/2.13.1.0.arm.1

    then rename the file to isl3887usb_bare and put it in /lib/firmware

    Step 2:- Install linux-wlan-ng Package
    --------

    Use the Synaptic Package Manager to install the linux-wlan-ng package (open Synaptic from the menu and type wlan into the search box). The linux-wlan-ng package comes with Ubuntu distros, I believe.

    After that I plugged the wifi adatper in and it was detected and loaded the firmware (I had to experiment with the setup details a bit to connect to my router).

    Hope this works for you too.

    Ok thanks this worked.

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