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Í'm trying to see if I can get an external belkin usb adapter working with an ubunut u 8.04 instance (chipset realtek 8192u). I'm using ndiswrapper.

The problem I'm having at the moment is that ubuntu won't even recognize that the usb device has been plugged in...there is no response anywhere. Do I have to manually mount it somehow?
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Hi!

What's the output to

$ lsusb

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The card should work. You don't have to mount it. If you don't see the card when typing 'lsusb', try to plug in another USB-hardware and type 'lsusb'. Can you see it?

Use WinXP driver from http://www.realtek.com/products/productsView.aspx?Langid=1&PFid=9&Level=6&Conn=5&ProdID=176 or driver included with cd provided with the adapter.

Install instructions (a bit messy thread though): http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=529090

Ndiswrapper info: http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/ndiswrapper/index.php?joomla/index.php

Regards, Tobias
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Yup - the device does show up under lsusb, so the computer is at least acknowledging that it's been connected.

I'm trying to get to the PCI ID. These instructions mention going into the device manager in Ubuntu but I don't see one in my instance. Did the device manager come after 8.04?
http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/answers/Networking/NdisWrapper_The_Ultimate_Guide
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I downloaded the driver from here:
http://en-us-support.belkin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/464

will that work?
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It should work if it's a WinXP NDIS driver.

You can see the PCI ID when you type 'lsusb'. I think they are referring to the Windows XP's Device Manager in that link you gave.

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well I installed the driver from the belkin website with ndiswrapper, but when I do a
"ndiswrapper -l"

it doesn't show up as being associated with the device. I suppose I need to try a different driver?
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What PCI ID do you have on your Wifi-USB-card?

Did you extract the INF, the SYS and the BIN files?

"You must now transfer the .inf file, along with the .sys and .bin files (if any .bin files were included with the driver) to the computer on which you want to install the drivers."

Regards, Tobias
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This is the output from the lsusb:

ollie@Ollie-laptop-linux:~/driver$ lsusb
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 0000:0000  
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 0000:0000  
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000  
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 0000:0000  
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000  
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 050d:8053 Belkin Components
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0bda:0158 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000  
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 13fe:1d00 Kingston Technology Company Inc. DataTraveler 2.0 1GB Flash Drive
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

I just tried installing the driver at the link that you provided and same problem. It installs fine with ndiswrapper with no errors but it won't associate with the device. These are the driver files I used to install it (no .bin files were present):

-rwx------ 1 ollie ollie   8021 2009-04-02 11:38 net8192u.cat
-rwx------ 1 ollie ollie  14261 2009-03-05 11:09 net8192u.inf
-rwx------ 1 ollie ollie 450944 2009-03-05 11:09 rtl8192u.sys


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Belkin N Wireless USB Adapter, ID: 050d:8053 Belkin Components, works with ndiswrapper and rt2870.inf

I've tried to find a download for the rt2870 but haven't found one.

Also I'm trying to extract the files from the "f5d8053v6-win7.exe" to examine if your PCI card is supported in that drivers, but no luck yet. Did you manage to extract the contents of this file?

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Yeah...I was able to find an rt2870 driver and just got done installing it. Unfortunately it's the same issue; installs fine but doesn't associate with the device.
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I have found rt2870 drivers and checked the INF-file. Your card 050d:8053 is in this INF-file, so it should work.The driver files is here: http://eftprod.com/temp/Belkin_rt2870.zip

This is a good guide for configuring NDIS wrapper in Ubuntu: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper

Regards, Tobias
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And if the above driver doesn't work, the following guide look like it can work!
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1342593

Regards, Tobias
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Thanks...still working with ndiswrapper which I'll try a little bit longer and then I'll give the native driver a try.

Progressed to the next step - the last windows driver you provided me does associte with the device so I now see

rt2870 : driver installed
          device (050D:8053) present

when I do a ndiswrapper -l.

However now when I do a lshw -C network I see "network UNCLAIMED". Full text of what is returned from the command:
*-network UNCLAIMED
       description: Network controller
       product: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
       version: 22
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
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by:opike
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"lsmod | grep ndis" show ndiswrapper as being loaded. But for some reason the driver does not want to claim the network adapter.
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If the NDIS driver didn't work all the way, I suggest you try the (very long) thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1342593

Regards, Tobias
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It's connected! Weird that the light on the substick doesn't come on but whatever....

Thanks for your persistance Tobias...you rock. I'd give you more than 500 points if I could.
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Hehe! You're welcome! Glad I could help! ;)

Regards, Tobias
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