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RT5572 driver in LXDE
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:52:09 pm »
Hi guys,

I've come into possession of an older computer which is running LXDE just nicely. My problem is, although my TP-LINK USB dongle is listed when I type the "lsusb" command in the terminal (as a Ralink RT5572 device), it has no driver and therefore I can't access my network.

What would be the best way to solve this particular issue please?

(the distro is Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS if that's relevant)

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Re: RT5572 driver in LXDE
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2015, 09:54:36 pm »
My other option is to switch to another light distro which has the driver included, like Mint has. But I'd rather stick with LXDE if possible.

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Re: RT5572 driver in LXDE
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2015, 10:45:53 pm »
in 14.04 USB wireless adapters based on the RT5572 chip (148f:5572) are covered by the rt2800usb kernel driver...

If you know it works in 14.04 (or its vendor:product ID string matches 148f:5572), you could install the LTS Enablement Stack for 12.04 which should bring you current installation up to the 3.13 kernel (as used in 14.04)

Here's how:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/LTSEnablementStack

If you're 100% sure you're running 12.04, open a terminal and run:
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sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-lts-trusty xserver-xorg-lts-trusty libgl1-mesa-glx-lts-trusty
when that's finished, REBOOT.

Once rebooted, run:
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uname -a
to make sure you're on the 3.13 kernel.

if that doesn't automagically sort out the driver, please post the output from:
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uname -a
and
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lsusb
and
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sudo lshw -C network
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Re: RT5572 driver in LXDE
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2015, 11:07:05 pm »
Thanks Mark, I'll give that a try but I'll need to take my tower downstairs to the router.

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Re: RT5572 driver in LXDE
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2015, 01:09:14 am »
Brilliant. :)

Updated the kernel and now the available wireless networks are displayed. It's not connecting to mine yet but at least I know Linux is fully aware of it! I might have to fine-tune the dongle's settings. But thanks for now.

 


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