Started new thread because it was suggested to me that it was ruder to threadjack somebody else's thread on a related issue
Hi all. First off, I understand that I'm just a dumb noob when it comes to linux, so I might say something stupid or not include critical information in this post. If I do that feel free to let me know and I'll try to fix it. I've been running Fedora 9 for about 6 months now. I'm running 2.6.27. Output for uname -a is:
Linux localhost.localdomain 18.104.22.168-53.fc9.i686 #1 SMP Thu Nov 27 02:29:03 EST 2008 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
I've never managed to get my wireless adapter to work under linux. Today I bought a Belkin F5D7050E USB wireless adapter to see if I would have any better luck with it. So I plug it in, and there's no joy straight out of box (part of me was hoping...but I'm willing to do some work to get it working). The little light on the adapter doesn't light up or anything. Googling around, I learn that I should look at the output for lsusb:
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 050d:705e Belkin Components
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
So I google the Belkin Device ID and it turns out that it uses the Realtek 8187b chipset http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=665847
I found somebody who claimed to have a workaround to make it run, but he says the workaround doesn't play well with the latest kernels http://steveth45.net/blog/?p=67
So that's no good. But then, I find out that the Realtek 8187b chipset is supposed to be natively supported under 2.6.27. Great! But I also find this http://www.heise-online.co.uk/open/K...--/news/111749
rtl8187: Add USB ID for Belkin F5D7050 with RTL8187B chip
The Belkin F5D7050rev5000de (id 050d:705e) has the Realtek RTL8187B chip
and works with the 2.6.27 driver.
which tells me that there's some problem because the USB ID doesn't really match (don't understand this bit)
Okay, fine. But maybe this is just a cosmetic issue or a documentation issue (?) so I google up a description of how the RTL8187b chipset works for other people. I find out that people need to add the 8187b module by using modprobe http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=944292
, so I do it (as root):
and then when I
modprobe -l | grep rtl
so the module is there (right?)
But when I go to System->Administration->Network and then Hardware->New->Wireless the list of available adapters does not include rtl8187b. Is there a non-GUI way to do this? Anyway, here's the output for iwconfig:
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
pan0 no wireless extensions.
and for ifconfig:
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:06:1B:C4:B4:9F
inet addr:192.168.15.102 Bcast:192.168.15.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::206:1bff:fec4:b49f/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:8741 errors:28 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:28
TX packets:8875 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:7712175 (7.3 MiB) TX bytes:1717035 (1.6 MiB)
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:5156 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:5156 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:258088 (252.0 KiB) TX bytes:258088 (252.0 KiB)
What should I do now? I'm stuck.
Thanks in advance for all your help.