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Hey, my Linux friends, I am trying to change an older computer with Windows XP to a version of Linux using a wireless adapter. The computer is an old Gateway E-4000 (in my shop) and has a Pentium 4 processor, I believe. I have installed Mint 17, which crashes and say it went to Fallback--no internet. I also have installed Ubuntu 14.04 (both are 32 bit). Nada internet. A quick Google search says my Belkin N600 uses Realtek drivers, but I am lost after that--don't know where to get them or how to install them. Help, please. Thanks


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I am not a debian/zoobuntu user but a quick google search revealed.


Ubuntu compatible wireless cards (USB) – 5 Best in 2012


AirLink101 AWLL6075 Wireless N Mini USB Adapter


Medialink – Wireless N USB Adapter – 802.11n


ASUS (USB-N13) Wireless-N USB Adapter


Panda Mini Wifi (b/g/n) 150Mbps Card



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By any chance is this the mobo in that machine? This is the mobo I've got and everything I've searched tells me it's a Gateway E-4100 and it's been giving me nothing but trouble. Not sure what exactly the deal is with mine, but I'm working on it.



As for USB wifi devices, I've got the Asus USB-N13 one here. Got it to connect and work for a few moments in OpenSuse but then it would keep dropping connection and only a system reboot would re-enable it. Couldn't find any way to get it going in OpenSuse, but there seems to be tons of info available for getting it going in Ubuntu.



Not sure if it makes any difference, but I was running KDE version of OpenSuse. Maybe something to do with which kernel. Think I'm going to try in Ubuntu or Mint and see how it goes. I forget where exactly I found it at, but made note of how to get it enabled in Ubuntu 10.04 (looks like a foreign language to me), maybe it will work?



How to get it to work on Ubuntu 10.04:

Step 1:
sudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/network_drivers.rules

Step 2 (add the follow text to the file and save):
ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0b05", ATTR{idProduct}=="1784", RUN+="/sbin/modprobe -qba rt2870sta"

Step 3:
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/network_drivers.conf

Step 4 (add the follow text to the file then save):
install rt2870sta /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install rt2870sta $CMDLINE_OPTS; /bin/echo "0b05 1784" > /sys/bus/usb/drivers/rt2870/new_id


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  • 2 weeks later...

I just did a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Gnome. Right from the start and through the duration of the install it seen my Asus USB-N13 device. However, the connection would stay during install for it to also do the updates right away.


Once install was done I opened Terminal (can be tricky to find on this version of Ubuntu [i haven't used this OS since 11.04] .. just press Ctrl + Alt + T) and used the above mentioned steps. This gave me an OK connection of 72Mb/s. It was enough to get all the updates done. Think it may have goofed with a kernel update though. Connection will be good for about 10 minutes then drops off to 7Mb/s and won't get any throughput. Working on a fix now to see if it works well or not.


Here's readout for which kernel if it matters.

juuso@juuso-desktop:~$ uname -r
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