Mike’s Linux Desktop Experiences

June 11, 2008

Traveling, Wifi and USB

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Mike @ 10:56 am

I set up my Thinkpad X24 as a dual-boot configuration. Aside from some video experiments in Cinelerra, I haven’t done much with it.

While traveling, I noticed that nobody is using 802.11a/b. They’re only using 802.11g. So I picked up a little USB wireless adapter, to try to get wireless working. I didn’t have a CDROM drive, so I figured that ensuring that it worked on Linux was important.

So I went into BestBuy and did a search on the chipset…. Bingo. The Hawking HWUG1 adapter seems to be supported. It even does promiscuous sniffing and stuff.

Anxiously, I take it back to my car, ready to try to get on to some free access points. I plug the thing in to the back of my machine…

[ 391.688000] usb 1-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 392.172000] ieee80211_init: failed to initialize WME (err=-17)
[ 392.184000] iwlwifi_rc80211_simple: Unknown symbol iwlwifi_ieee80211_rate_control_unregister
[ 392.184000] iwlwifi_rc80211_simple: Unknown symbol iwlwifi_sta_info_put
[ 392.184000] iwlwifi_rc80211_simple: Unknown symbol iwlwifi_sta_info_get
[ 392.184000] iwlwifi_rc80211_simple: Unknown symbol iwlwifi_ieee80211_rate_control_register
[ 392.192000] wmaster0: Selected rate control algorithm 'simple'
[ 392.300000] usbcore: registered new interface driver rt2500usb
[ 392.304000] usbcore: registered new interface driver rt73usb
[ 392.600000] phy0 -> rt2500usb_enable_radio: Error - Register initialization failed.

Ugh. Just try to figure that one out without an Internet connection.

So I boot Windows. It seems to want that driver CD for which I have no CDROM drive.


A few days later I found a student who was able to transfer the contents of my CD to a USB keyfob where I was able to pull the drivers.

Ubuntu: 0
Windows: 0

Windows is working fine with wireless now. I have no time to figure it out in Linux.


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