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Connect Wireless

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:25 am
by lovera
My daughter was given a Dell 4500s Dimension computer that does not have ethernet.
I bought a compatible flash drive WF2109 to connect wireless.
However, we have not been able to connect to Qwest or Centurylink wirless.

The flash drive WF2109 is not allowing me to run the CD although the USB seems to be connected.

I have alsow use my HTC hotspot to connect but the Mozilla Firefox Browser keeps sending a message error: Cannot connect to www.linuxmint.com server.

How do we set up the wireless to connect or to even download a driver to connect?

Thanks so much in advance;

Lovera

:D

Re: Connect Wireless

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:14 pm
by The-Wizard
welcome to the Mint family forums..

im confused... is the WF2109 a 2/3/4g mobile dongle? , i had a hewley chipped mobile dongle and gave up in the end,
do you not have wireless internet connected in the house if so you only need a usb wifi dongle the easiest to set up [the drivers are built in to mint] are those with atharos or ralink chipsets

wizard

Re: Connect Wireless

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:19 pm
by The-Wizard
welcome to the Mint family forums..

im confused... is the WF2109 a 2/3/4g mobile dongle? , i had a hewley chipped mobile dongle and gave up in the end,
do you not have wireless internet connected in the house if so you only need a usb wifi dongle the easiest to set up [the drivers are built in to mint] are those with atharos or ralink chipsets i currently am using one of the following to connect to my wireless network...http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-Wireless-Adapter-2-0-802-11n-g-b-2-4GHZ-150Mbps-Wifi-WLAN-nano-mini-/261239585733?pt=US_USB_Wi_Fi_Adapters_Dongles&hash=item3cd317bbc5

wizard

Re: Connect Wireless

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:23 pm
by trapperjohn
It's a little complicated.

On the cd, burried in a sub-folder, you should find a zip file with a name like: linux_"xyz".zip. Copy it to your downloads directory and extract it to a folder of its own.

Navigate to the extracted folder from a terminal.

Type the word
make

then type the words
sudo make install

It may throw an error. If it does, what is it?

If it doesn't run
modprobe 8712u

Does it work?

If it does, does it still work after reboot, or do you have to type 'modprobe 8712u' again?

Re: Connect Wireless

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:09 pm
by dieselboyDB
Hello and welcome to mint.
On the wifi issue try installing mint without the wifi plugged in. Some wifi cards and dongles will cause the installation to hang.
Dont worry about this just install first, then follow trappers suggestions then reboot with the card connected,if card is not detected automatically you will have the drivers ready to install. Good luck and let me know how it turns out

dieselboyDB

Re: Connect Wireless

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:23 am
by jesica
Welcome to the forums :mrgreen:

Re: Connect Wireless

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:20 am
by TBABill
Since nobody mentioned it yet, one key in Linux is to know what make/model device you have. The key is to know what it is as Linux Mint sees it

Since it's a usb device, can you open a terminal and enter

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lsusb
and paste here the output you get? Or just type the one line if there's a lot of data and you can't connect on that machine. We just need to see how the system sees the chipset in the wireless device to know how to start setting up a driver.

In order to know if a driver is active for it, the command

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lsmod
will list all active drivers. You may not recognize the driver by its "module" name (e.g., the Broadcom proprietary driver (module) is "wl"). If you are able to provide the lsmod output with the lsusb output we can see the device and whether any driver is active yet.