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Re: Problems with Asus USB-N13 Wifi adapter

On 20.05.2011 22:53, Geoff Simmons wrote:
> 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.
> Geoff
> [1] http://wiki.debian.org/rt2870sta
> [2] http://git.kernel.org/linus/fc3f14873d38a5c8a280ff4b8c8abde0244fb79b

Thank  you for your help, Geoff.

I updated the kernel to 2.6.38-2-powerpc, linux-base and ralink firmware
from Wheezy.

Unfortunately, this hasn't solved the problem yet but it looks like I'm
further ahead.  wicd doesn't seem to find any wireless network.

Some additional info.

# iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:off/any 
          Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=0 dBm  
          Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off


# ifconfig wlan0 up
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory


dpkg -l | grep firmware
ii  firmware-linux-free                          
3                              Binary firmware for various drivers in
the Linux kernel
ii  firmware-linux-nonfree                       
0.28                           Binary firmware for various drivers in
the Linux kernel
ii  firmware-ralink                              
0.29                           Binary firmware for Ralink wireless cards


lsmod | grep rt28
rt2800usb              12545  0
rt2800lib              36966  1 rt2800usb
crc_ccitt               4499  1 rt2800lib
rt2x00usb              11827  1 rt2800usb
rt2x00lib              34881  3 rt2800usb,rt2800lib,rt2x00usb
mac80211              206479  3 rt2800lib,rt2x00usb,rt2x00lib
cfg80211              144158  2 rt2x00lib,mac80211
usbcore               134535  7

# dmesg | grep rt28
[   18.029249] Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy0::radio
[   18.029642] Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy0::assoc
[   18.030050] Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy0::quality
[   18.035063] usbcore: registered new interface driver rt2800usb


and from boot up messages...

rt2x00lib_request_firmware: Error - Current firmware does not support
detected chipset.

---end code---

It looks like it found a driver but the wrong one. 

I'm not sure what to do next.

Thanks again for your help.


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