RT73 Under PPC, is it known to work?!

Live forum: http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/viewtopic.php?t=4360

gvigorus

15-10-2007 02:14:47

Hi. I've got Powerbook g3 Lombard with Xubuntu Feisty Fawn. I have an Asus WL 167G dongle that uses Ralink RT73 chipset (verified). I followed instructions and howtos but still I get that the device is sleeping, no DHCP IP was offered. When I was compiling the driver from serial monkey, i noticed that there were notices that the big endian support is still experimental. Has anyone had luck getting RT73 driver to work under PPC processor?
Thanks!

knaar

21-10-2007 21:36:47

Howdy.

The legacy rt73 driver does not appear to be working. I can get it to compile, it loads, it even recognizes the device, however it doesn't find anything on iwlist wlan0 scan, and cannot see any packets in monitor mode.

The good news is that the non-legacy version DOES work. It doesn't seem to be stable, but you can put it into monitor mode and it sees a few packets (much less than are actually flying through the air and should be seen by the device according to kismac on os x). Injection does NOT work with the new driver. However, injection has been added to 2.6.23, so you might be able to get some tools to inject packets with this driver using the lastest kernels.

As for the legacy drivers I'm going to spam another thread with debug info so that hopefully someone can help fix it. I paid $160 for this ralink Quicky Jr. and it would rightfully suck not to be able to inject with it. Though at least monitor mode with kismac and os x seems to work quite well, even though I can't inject.

gvigorus

21-10-2007 23:46:54

Hi Knaar. What is non-legacy version and where can i get it?! Is Ralink made driver what you call non-legacy?
Thanks for the info. I hope to get this dongle to work. Otherwise, i have to load Mac OS X back on this lombard, that would suck(
S

knaar

22-10-2007 00:07:52

It's the rt2x00 driver.

http//rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Downloads

Right at the top, the 'Next-Generation' driver.

The specific driver for the rt73 is called rt73usb in that download.

This driver comes pre-built with ubuntu fiesty 7.04 and automatically loads, but it also triggers the rt2750 drivers to load as well (I think it's called rt2750) and the two don't play well. If you blacklist it, or go to the /lib/modules-2.6.x-x/kernel/ubuntu/wireless folder and delete rt2x00-legacy you shouldn't have the wrong one loading anymore.

If you don't have ubuntu or you don't have 7.04 there's tutorials on the net to get them compiled and working.

But like I said, it's unstable and I heard somewhere it's limited to 5.5 Mbps -- it certainly missed a lot of traffic when I tried it. But it might work well enough for your purposes.

totov

29-12-2007 18:58:00

Sorry to dig up and old post, but I was just wondering if this matter is still in the same state. I'm desperately trying to get my Belkin F5D7050 wireless dongle to work on Debian PPC and so far haven't even managed to make it's light flash! I've tried installing the driver from ralink, I've tried installing the legacy driver (which said my kernal hadnt been set up for mac80211). Even using iwconfig and ifconfig I can't get it to show up at all.


The output from trying to build the legacy drivers are as follows

debian/home/stephen/rt2x00-cvs-2007122909# make
CC [M] /home/stephen/rt2x00-cvs-2007122909/rt2400pci.o
In file included from <command line>1
/home/stephen/rt2x00-cvs-2007122909/rt2x00_compat.h232 error #error mac80211 support not enabled in kernel!
/home/stephen/rt2x00-cvs-2007122909/rt2x00_compat.h272 error #error 802.11 wlan card support not enabled in kernel!

In the syslog it shows that its picking the right driver when I insert my USB dongle, but says theres a probe error

Dec 29 185309 localhost kernel usb 4-3 new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 6
Dec 29 185309 localhost kernel usb 4-3 configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
Dec 29 185309 localhost kernel Device Descriptor not matching
Dec 29 185309 localhost kernel rt73 probe of 4-31.0 failed with error -12



I'm not sure if this should be in a new thread, but I didnt think there was much point if PPC isnt supported. If its easier all round, I can just install ubuntu since it comes with the driver installed. Thanks in advance!

Stephen

IvD

29-12-2007 19:04:32


The output from trying to build the legacy drivers are as follows
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For starters. rt2x00 is _not_ the legacy driver. Check the documentation or search the forum about the difference between rt2x00 and legacy drivers.


debian/home/stephen/rt2x00-cvs-2007122909# make
CC [M] /home/stephen/rt2x00-cvs-2007122909/rt2400pci.o
In file included from <command line>1
/home/stephen/rt2x00-cvs-2007122909/rt2x00_compat.h232 error #error mac80211 support not enabled in kernel!
/home/stephen/rt2x00-cvs-2007122909/rt2x00_compat.h272 error #error 802.11 wlan card support not enabled in kernel!
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Both errors are trying to tell you something.. Have you read the actual error message? And have you read the README regarding minimal requirements?

totov

29-12-2007 19:24:49

Sorry, sleep deprevation is making me go crazy. I need to recompile a kernel with support for rt73!

Arthur Dent

15-02-2008 10:54:48

Hello everybody,

the problem seems not to be fixed yet. There are still no scan results, or is anybody out there who can tell anything else?

Best regards

Arthur Dent

Vern

15-02-2008 18:43:41

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