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Wireless PCI LAN Card Installation solved

Postby r1bby on Wed Aug 06, 2008 11:57 am

Hi again,

I bought a Edimax EW-7128G PCI LAN wireless card and need assistance in getting it set up, I bought it on the knowledge of knowing it works well with LM on previous forum support (I currently have wired connection but am looking at going wireless as I'm placing the PC in a different room from the phone socket & modem).

I'm using Elyssa & when I type lspci the PC details come up as:

00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (Internal gfx)
00:07.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 3)
00:12.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI0)
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI1)
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI2)
00:13.3 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI3)
00:13.4 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI4)
00:13.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB Controller (EHCI)
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 14)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 IDE
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 [Radeon X1200 Series]
01:05.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon X1200 Series Audio Controller

****
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)
****

03:02.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB23 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
03:06.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (rev c0)

I assume it's the part between the asterisks is my new card (& not the built in LAN socket on my mobo)
however my card has two lights on the back and none are on (link & tx/rx)
I think I've installed ndsiwrapper and then gone to control centre / system / windows wireless adapter and tried to install the *.inf file from the CD ROM however this comes up as an error while installing.

I've gone to serial monkey.com and downloaded the correct file for it rt2500-1.1.0-b4.tar.gz but am at a loss on how to install *.tar.gz files (I'm used to *.deb & got told they're the ones to look out for LM installations)

I've gone to the package manager and installed rt2500-source which I believe is the above file just through the package manager, however when I click on wired network connection, edit wireless networks I cannot add anything.

So this is what I've done so far and am now at a loss.... so any help will be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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P.S. on another note I've also found out that my HD is a PATA connected into a SATA socket via an adapter I bought off eBay, while it works fine, it does hang either by the whole computer freezing or by the whole thing freezing with the caps lock and scroll lock lights flashing. This happens randomly and is a pain in the ass, but is easily resolved when I have some cash by buying a new SATA HD, but just for info if other people have similar issues with LM, it's not the OS, it' could well be your cheap adapter card!
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Re: Wireless PCI LAN Card Installation

Postby Husse on Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:01 am

I assume it's the part between the asterisks is my new card (& not the built in LAN socket on my mobo)

You assume wrong - that is the built in LAN - takes a while before we get gigabit wifi :)
I can't see any wifi device in that list
Are you sure that the pci card is inserted correctly? (I suppose we are talking about a desktop here)
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Re: Wireless PCI LAN Card Installation

Postby r1bby on Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:31 am

Thanks for replying, looking further into the installation of this card (following the wiki guide which I found by a bit of perceveriance -

http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php/MintWifi

) my PC just does not recognise the card, I've sent an email to MSI to ask if they have any knowledge if the card is compatible or not with their mobo, they replied and said they have nothing on record to say otherwise. I emailed Edimax and am awaiting confirmation from them.
(However I do think that at the very least the lights should come on when I turn the PC on to tell you it's working and it doesn't do that, so I'm kind of guessing the card is dead - TBC).

My PC I built myself so I know that the card is installed correctly, I also have a firewire card in one of the other PCI slots and this is recognised by 'lspci' in the terminal, I've tried all three PCI slots on my mobo and the firewire card is recognised in all the slots, the LAN card is not.

I'll keep the forum posted with an outcome...
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Re: Wireless PCI LAN Card Installation

Postby Husse on Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:10 am

Seems like a DOA
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Re: Wireless PCI LAN Card Installation

Postby r1bby on Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:38 pm

Hi,
Update on the card, I've tried it in a Windows XP set up and installed the software and neither the hardware or software on that can find or recognise the card so it's return to dabs.com for a replacement. :-(
I'll keep you posted on the replacement card I've ordered, hopefully if it's working I shouldn't have too many troubles in installing it using the wiki guide :-)
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Re: Wireless PCI LAN Card Installation solved

Postby r1bby on Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:34 am

Returned card to DABS.com and replaced it for a new card, all is working fine out the box, as it should! All that trouble for a DOA!
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