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Hello!

Firstly, excuse my english since it is not my native languaje. Keep in mind im a total noob Linux user. I do not really know anything about it, but i am trying to learn as much as i can.

Here is my status: I have my moms computer to check it up cause it is too slow right now. I had found windows is hurting it so i've decided to try Ubuntu or Joli-OS. I had prepared two usb flash drives with the latest versions of both, ubuntu and joli-os, booted on live mode on the pc and everything worked just fine but the wireless card.

It is not an internal adapter (wich i do imagine either of the linux distros i had chose would auto detect) but it is an USB dongle. This to be specific: http://www.tp-link.us/products/details/?model=TL-WN725N

Nor Ubuntu or Joli-Os detected it. I ran a terminal and typed "lsusb" and it does not even detect it.

I do not know if it is because i am running on live mode or it is just it not sopported, but i think i almost lost hope to get it work.

I don't have Internet on the PC as you can imagine so i can not run any commands to try to download any driver as i read in another post.

Theres any chance to get this adapter to work?

Thanx!

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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2013, 03:22:54 am »
Can you post the full outout from:
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lsusb
and
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sudo lshw -C network
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uname -a
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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2013, 03:59:57 am »
Thanx Mark!

I will attach 3 images with all the output of all the commands. I hope there is no problem with my ubuntu being in spanish :/

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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2013, 04:06:05 am »
That wireless adapter has a Realtek RTL8188EU chip

OK, here's the instructions to download and compile/install the drivers for the 3.8 kernel series (for Ubuntu based distros).

Make sure you have an active internet connection (by connecting to your router with an ethernet cable).

Open a terminal and run these commands in sequence:
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sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic git
then:
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mkdir ~/RTL8188EU
then:
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cd ~/RTL8188EU
then:
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git clone git://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8188eu.git
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cd ~/RTL8188EU/rtl8188eu
then:
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make
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sudo make install
then
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sudo cp -v ~/RTL8188EU/rtl8188eu/rtl8188eufw.bin /lib/firmware/rtlwifi/
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sudo depmod -a
then:
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sudo update-initramfs -u
then:
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sudo modprobe 8188eu
Wireless should spring to life.

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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2013, 04:17:37 am »
And for future searchers .. here's the instructions to download and compile/install the drivers for the 3.2 kernel series (for Ubuntu based distros).

Make sure you have an active internet connection (by connecting to your router with an ethernet cable).

Open a terminal and run these commands in sequence:
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sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic git
then:
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mkdir ~/RTL8188EU
then:
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cd ~/RTL8188EU
then:
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git clone git://github.com/liwei/rpi-rtl8188eu.git
then:
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cd ~/RTL8188EU/rpi-rtl8188eu
then:
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make
then:
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sudo make install
then:
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sudo depmod -a
then:
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sudo update-initramfs -u
then:
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sudo modprobe 8188eu
Wireless should spring to life.
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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2013, 04:20:00 am »
Pancho .. be sure to use the instructions for the 3.8 kernel series, NOT the 3.2 kernel series
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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2013, 04:25:02 am »
Thanx!

It keeps failing because it is trying to download some files and since i do not have an Internet connection i can't go trough the steps. Or it is because im on a live flash drive? Do i have to install it on the hard drive?

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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2013, 04:28:46 am »
If the LiveUSB is persistent it should work .. but  you'll need an active internet connection .. so connect to your router with an ethernet cable

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If you're unable to connect with an ethernet cable .. let me know and tomorrow I'll type up instructions to download the drivers to another PC .. then transfer  them across (on a second USB stick) .. but I'm off to bed now
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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2013, 04:31:57 am »
If the LiveUSB is persistent it should work .. but  you'll need an active internet connection .. so connect to your router with an ethernet cable

Got it! I will try it tomorrow since i dont have any ethernet cable right now.

Thanx for the help!

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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2013, 04:32:33 am »
See the edit above.

But it would certainly be easier with an ethernet cable :)
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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2013, 04:34:58 am »
See the edit above.

If you can tech me how to download the drivers in a flash drive in another computer it will be better. Thanx in advance and good night

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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2013, 04:37:54 am »
OK, I'll type up instructions tomorrow :)
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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2013, 01:35:24 pm »
Many apologies, I must have been half asleep last night, but you're not going to get this installed without connecting to your router with an ethernet cable .. sorting out the dependencies for build-essential would be a nightmare.
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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2013, 03:22:24 pm »
I see. Don't worry i will connect the PC to the Internet with an ethernet cable :)

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Re: There is any hope i can get the TP-Link TL-WN725N adapter to work?
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2013, 01:09:20 am »
Hey Mark, worked like a charm! Thanx a lot!

Maybe you could help me out in how to do this in Joli-OS since it does not even start without an active Internet connection and since my dongle is not recognized, im stuck right there.
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