Re: Getting netgear MA101 adapter
I recently installed debian sarge, kernel version 2.4.27, and had a
pretty painful time getting my USB WLAN adapter (MA111) to work.
Ultimately I had to download the 2.4.27-2-386 version packages for the
kernel and linux-wlan-ng, and had it working in 30 mins!!! All I did
was install the packages using aptitude and got a script off the web
that does the wireless configuration (for MA111) and I was done! So if
the kernel version doesn't bother you, maybe you could give this a
On Thu, 27 Jan 2005 02:55:01 -0800, Michelle Schwager
> Hi, I'm trying to get my usb Netgear MA101 adapter to work on my Debian
> Sarge with 2.6.8 kernel. It's been very frustrating because any time I
> want to do something useful, I have to boot into XP... (burning cdrom,
> internet, etc), then back into linux.
> 1. lsusb shows the adapter is plugged in
> 2. iwconfig and all its various options does not show the adapter
> lsmod does not show anything about an atmel-whatever driver being
> driver does not seem to be on sarge cd-1 or cd-2
> downloaded the driver from
> Copied file to USB flash keychain to load in linux.
> FAT is not supported in kernel, so can't mount keychain
> Burned CD with patch and drivers
> doesn't compile due to some /usr/src/module (I think) not
> being available. I think it means I need the kernel source. Good time
> to fix FAT not being supported. Also, atmel driver instructions say
> something about a patch and/or recompiling usb.c. Ok so I need the sources.
> apt-get install kernel-source
> doesn't work. Found kernel source 2.6.9 on
> debian site.
> Burn to CD.
> make menuconfig
> needs ncurses-dev
> can't find it. Apparently it's named
> apt-get install what-the-frick (from
> the sarge CD) of course doesn't work
> download off the debian site,
> burn to CD
> install curses5-dev or whatever
> 'make menuconfig' works, compiled new kernel
> with "reasonable" settings (including FAT and wireless drivers)
> GMX2000 driver has booboo, compile stops.
> redo kernel config and disable
> GMX2000 driver
> kernel compiles
> Copied vmlinux to /boot/vmlinux-2.6.9-1-586
> Added entry in grub menu, a copy of the
> "recovery" line put there during install. This includes 'single' in the
> Dosen't boot -- something about error 13. I
> figure it's the kernel setup
> Copy original config file from original
> install from /boot directory, and make sure wireless drivers are enabled
> and GMX is disabled.
> Compiles again
> Doesn't boot, error 13 I figure
> it's the 'single' entry.
> Boots further along, but it looks
> like I need a good initrd.
> copy old initrd since I
> didn't see one magically made for me, and (gosh!) the initrd.txt file in
> the /usr/src/kernel/documentation directory really doesn't say jack
> about how to get an initrd file working if you really need one. Lots of
> general high-minded stuff, but no step-by-step.
> Boots further along, then
> says something aboun insmod, modules this, that, etc.
> I apologize for not having all the errors exactly written out. I'm
> writing this email in XP and there was far too much to document....
> SO... am I on the right track? Do I need to fix all these stupid BS
> problems or is there a better way to get my stupid wireless ethernet
> adapter working? I have not found any useful documentation online. Any
> and all non-elitist "RTFM" help is very much welcome.
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