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hi, Im wondering if anyone can help me with this. I saw on a vid tutorial to install the latest drivers from ralink on infinityexists.com - rt73.ko, got that done, ...
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    help with linksys wusb54gc usb wireless


    hi, Im wondering if anyone can help me with this. I saw on a vid tutorial to install the latest drivers from ralink on infinityexists.com - rt73.ko, got that done, (followed it to the letter), but how to I do get the l.top to see it? No errors in the installation, seems ok. and after I do modinfo rt73.ko - but I see nothing. The inbuilt wireless is b.com 4312 - will this one by linksys just take over on its own? Do I disable the inbuilt wireless? I'v tried a few things like this but it doesn't show up, nor does the light come on the usb linksys, but it's there when I do lsusb. Does anyone have experience they can share or help me with? My l.top is hp dv5.
    Many thanks.

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    Open a terminal and:
    Code:
     cd /etc/modprobe.d/,
    Code:
    ls
    look for a file called blacklist.conf or similar name, open it and add:
    Code:
    blacklist b 43
    Then reboot and see if the usb wireless driver is detected
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    rastro123: Please don't use obscure abbreviations in your posts. I had to read it two or three times before I understood what you meant!

    As for two wireless drivers loading at once. Yes it is possible, but it depends on the circumstances. I just purchased a USB wireless, and plugged it in. I was already connected wirelessly to my access point, but it loaded the second driver and also connected. No problems.

    Your driver may be avaioable for installation through your distro's repositories. That is the best way to install, but you don't give any info at all about your system. If you want help, read this thread and report back with the info.

    Wireless Setup - Start Here

    Hal343: There should not be a space between the "b" and the "43" in the blacklist line. I'm sure that it was just a typo.

    Be aware that if you also have a Broadcom wired NIC, disabling the b43 driver will (may) also disable the ssb module. The ssb module is needed by some Broadcom wired NICs.
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    Sorry about the typo. I probably should have had him run lspci to see what wired ethernet chip he has, before jumping into blacklisting as well. Good thing you looked at the thread, waterhead.
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    many thanks hal and waterhead, sorry for my abreviations! My system is ubuntu jaunty, but Im trying other distros also. I tried the blacklist order with no sucess, so anyway I've just copied my results from the terminal. Im not a boffin and fairly new to linux. Would love it if you could help me get to the bottom of this. Here are the results:

    boo@boo-laptop:~$ cd /etc/modprobe.d/,
    bash: cd: /etc/modprobe.d/,: No existe el fichero directorio
    boo@boo-laptop:~$ cd /etc/modprobe.d/
    boo@boo-laptop:/etc/modprobe.d$ ls
    alsa-base.conf blacklist-rt73.conf.save.1
    blacklist-ath_pci.conf blacklist-rt73.conf.save.2
    blacklist.conf blacklist-rt73.conf.save.3
    blacklist-firewire.conf blacklist-rt73.conf.save.4
    blacklist-framebuffer.conf blacklist-watchdog.conf
    blacklist-modem.conf dkms.conf
    blacklist-oss.conf libpisock9.conf
    blacklist-rt73.conf ralink
    blacklist-rt73.conf.save
    boo@boo-laptop:/etc/modprobe.d$ blacklist b43
    bash: blacklist: orden no encontrada
    boo@boo-laptop:/etc/modprobe.d$ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset PCI Express Graphics Port (rev 07)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
    00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
    00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 03)
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
    00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) Thermal Subsystem (rev 03)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 9200M GS (rev a1)
    02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01)
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 02)
    06:00.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): JMicron Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller
    06:00.1 System peripheral: JMicron Technologies, Inc. SD/MMC Host Controller
    06:00.2 SD Host controller: JMicron Technologies, Inc. Standard SD Host Controller
    06:00.3 System peripheral: JMicron Technologies, Inc. MS Host Controller
    06:00.4 System peripheral: JMicron Technologies, Inc. xD Host Controller
    boo@boo-laptop:/etc/modprobe.d$

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    I only see the Broadcom wireless. Is the other one a USB wireless? The blacklist folder has a lot of files referring to the rt73 module. Isn't that the one you are trying to use?

    Also post the output of these commands:
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    lsmod
    Code:
    lsusb
    When running the modinfo command, you don't need to use the .ko suffix.
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    modinfo rt73
    Last edited by waterhead; 08-25-2009 at 09:29 PM.
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    Hi. yes I noticed a lot of references to the rt73 module also. I've tried following a couple of different tutorials on how to install it (if indeed it is the driver that I need!). And so... here are the results from lsmod (all done with the usb linksys plugged in, but no light on it showing)
    boo@boo-laptop:~$ lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    nls_iso8859_1 12032 0
    nls_cp437 13696 0
    vfat 18816 0
    fat 58272 1 vfat
    usb_storage 99648 0
    binfmt_misc 16776 1
    ppdev 15620 0
    bridge 56212 0
    stp 10500 1 bridge
    bnep 20224 2
    input_polldev 11912 0
    lp 17156 0
    parport 42220 2 ppdev,lp
    snd_hda_intel 434100 3
    snd_pcm_oss 46336 0
    snd_mixer_oss 22656 1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm 83076 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq_dummy 10756 0
    snd_seq_oss 37760 0
    snd_seq_midi 14336 0
    snd_rawmidi 29696 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 15104 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    uvcvideo 63368 0
    snd_seq 56880 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_mid i_event
    snd_timer 29704 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 14988 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi ,snd_seq
    leds_hp_disk 10756 0
    led_class 12036 1 leds_hp_disk
    compat_ioctl32 9344 1 uvcvideo
    video 25360 4
    joydev 18496 0
    snd 62756 15 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,sn d_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_de vice
    videodev 41600 1 uvcvideo
    psmouse 61972 0
    ieee80211_crypt_tkip 16896 0
    nvidia 7233756 39
    sdhci_pci 15232 0
    sdhci 23940 1 sdhci_pci
    intel_agp 34108 0
    output 11008 1 video
    soundcore 15200 1 snd
    v4l1_compat 21764 2 uvcvideo,videodev
    serio_raw 13444 0
    pcspkr 10496 0
    usbhid 42336 0
    lis3lv02d 17848 0
    wl 1281364 0
    ieee80211_crypt 13444 2 ieee80211_crypt_tkip,wl
    agpgart 42696 2 nvidia,intel_agp
    snd_page_alloc 16904 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    iTCO_wdt 19108 0
    iTCO_vendor_support 11652 1 iTCO_wdt
    ohci1394 38576 0
    ieee1394 94660 1 ohci1394
    r8169 40836 0
    mii 13312 1 r8169
    fbcon 46112 0
    tileblit 10752 1 fbcon
    font 16384 1 fbcon
    bitblit 13824 1 fbcon
    softcursor 9984 1 bitblit
    boo@boo-laptop:~$
    and then:
    boo@boo-laptop:~$ lsusb
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 1737:0077 Linksys
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0408:03ba Quanta Computer, Inc.
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 1c4f:0003
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    boo@boo-laptop:~$
    And then:
    boo@boo-laptop:~$ modinfo rt73
    modinfo: could not find module rt73
    boo@boo-laptop:~$

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    Thank you for the info.

    I see the wl driver loading for the Broadcom 4312 device. Is this one not working?

    This is the USB wireless:
    Code:
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 1737:0077 Linksys
    If it has a Ralink chip, and it uses the rt73 driver, there is a kernel driver for that. It is called rt73usb, and running the modinfocommand in that gives an output that show many supported cards. Unfortunately I don't see your wireless among the supported cards.

    There is a driver from Ralink, called rt73. I believe thatr this is the one that you are trying to install. All of those rt-73 files in the blacklist folder will keep the rt73 module from loading. I would delete every blacklist file that is for the rt73 module. You need root privileges to do that, but first open them to see what they contain.

    If your card does use the rt73 driver, then you must download and build the driver from the source code. It can be found here:

    Ralink Technology: Linux

    You want the RT2501USB(RT73:RT2571W/RT2573/RT2671) driver. Download and extract it to your home folder.

    Then, according to the README file in the Modules folder, run these commands.

    cd 2009_0713_RT73_Linux_STA_Drv1.1.0.3/Module
    cp Makefile.6 ./Makefile
    make all
    sudo make install

    After that the instructions don't seem to work. But the module is now installed, and you should be able to run modinfo on it now. You can also load it with this command.
    Code:
    sudo modprobe rt73
    The wireless may now work, but it still may need firmware to work. One of the commands from the README instructions were for installing firmware.
    Code:
    cp rt73.bin /etc/Wireless/RT73STA/
    There was no such folder, so the command failed. Firmware is usually put in the /lib/firmware folder. You can find out if it is looking for firmware with this command.
    Code:
    dmesg | grep firmware
    Remember, those files in the blcklist folder may prevent this module from loading at boot.
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    Further search has given information that this wireless uses the rt2800usb driver, not the rt73usb driver. That driver is part of the compat-wireless package. You can get the source from here:

    Download - Linux Wireless

    If you use the Ralink drivers, then the RT3070USB driver is suppose to be the correct one. That is available from the same web site as the rt73 driver.

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    Well, I compiled the Ralink rt3070sta and rt2870sta drivers. When I modinfo them, I don't see your wireless ID number listed. The closest that I come is the rt2870sta driver, it has two Linksys devices listed.
    Code:
    alias:          usb:v1737p0071d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
    alias:          usb:v1737p0070d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
    This doesn't mean that it supports your wireless, though. (1737:0077) But since it is reported to work under the open source rt2800 driver, it makes sense that this is the correct one.

    Maybe try the compat-wireless drivers first, instead of the Ralink ones. I hope this hasn't been too confusing for you.
    Last edited by waterhead; 08-27-2009 at 12:35 AM.
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