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Re: Problems with Asus USB-N13 Wifi adapter

On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 07:36:06AM -0400, bunk3m wrote:
> I've been trying for some time to get this usb wifi adapter running on
> an older Lombard Powerbook (G3 PPC).
> I have followed the directions on debian.org to install the non-free
> firmware from Ralink (v0.28), wicd, wireless-tools and
> wireless-supplicant.
> FATAL: Module rt2870sta not found.

The rt2870 staging driver is x86-dependent (which is noted at [1]) and
consequently not available in linux-image packages for powerpc.

> Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0b05:1784 ASUSTek Computer, Inc. 802.11n Network Adapter
> I also searched for the rt3070sta module but that is not found either.

This was merged with the rt2870 staging driver at Linux 2.6.32.

> ifup and ifconfig show nothing.  I've put ra0 in the wicd preferences
> but it says that it can't find any wireless connection.
> Do I need to compile the driver from the Ralink disc or ralink site?

Recognition of your device was added to the in-tree rt2800usb driver at
Linux 2.6.35 [2], which is about the same time the driver became truly
functional (ref. Debian bug #601416, message #15).  This is available
for powerpc.

> I'm running 2.6.32-5-powerpc if that helps.

I was about to suggest use of a backported linux-image package
(providing Linux 2.6.38) from squeeze-backports, but this currently
appears to be unavailable for powerpc.

You could try taking linux-image-2.6.38-2-powerpc (and linux-base) from
the testing suite as an alternative.


[1] http://wiki.debian.org/rt2870sta
[2] http://git.kernel.org/linus/fc3f14873d38a5c8a280ff4b8c8abde0244fb79b

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