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Help with cheapie Ralink USB Wifi

Postby dwsubc on Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:29 pm

Hi,
I am a total Linux noobie currently installing Mint Maya Mate on my assorted PC collection. One of my laptops needed a wifi dongle so I bought a £4 usb cheapie off eBay hoping that it would work. I installed it in XP Pro and W7 and it really works well - fantastic range, speed and stability and it's tiny.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work in Mate out of the box. I tried installing the Windows driver but that didn't work either. There is a linux folder on the drive CD but it looks like you need to cook your own driver which is beyond me for now with my 4 days of Linux experience.

I did a lot of research on the web but the only common thread I found is that the stock Mint driver is maybe fighting with the Windows driver. Any ideas on how to get this little beauty working?

many thanks,
Dave

dave@ArbicoLinux ~ $ sudo /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintWifi/mintWifi.py
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* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
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* II. querying ndiswrapper...
netr28ux : driver installed
device (148F:7601) present
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* III. querying iwconfig...
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

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* IV. querying ifconfig...
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 54:04:a6:10:27:21
inet addr:192.168.1.66 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::5604:a6ff:fe10:2721/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:25604 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:21298 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:21404764 (21.4 MB) TX bytes:3281236 (3.2 MB)
Interrupt:51 Base address:0x4000

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:1632 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1632 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:164640 (164.6 KB) TX bytes:164640 (164.6 KB)

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* V. querying DHCP...
Rather than invoking init scripts through /etc/init.d, use the service(8)
utility, e.g. service smbd reload

Since the script you are attempting to invoke has been converted to an
Upstart job, you may also use the reload(8) utility, e.g. reload smbd
RTNETLINK answers: File exists
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* VI. querying nslookup google.com...
Server: 192.168.1.254
Address: 192.168.1.254#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.41.160
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.41.167
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.41.174
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.41.166
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.41.163
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.41.169
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.41.162
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.41.164
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.41.168
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.41.165
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.41.161
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Re: Help with cheapie Ralink USB Wifi

Postby NM5TF on Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:50 pm

you might try the procedures in this thread...even tho it's not for your specific
dongle, the chipset is most likely the same....follow these easy steps & it
just may get you going.....it worked for me.....go here:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php? ... 4cd19391b6

good luck,

Tommy
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Re: Help with cheapie Ralink USB Wifi

Postby dwsubc on Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:08 am

Thanks Tommy - I will give this a go.

I am determined to get it working in Mint because it is such a capable device.

Dave
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