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    Default rt2500 and rt 73 drivers and 64 bitversion

    Hi all,

    I have a pc Dell Pentium 4 HT (dual processor) 2.8 GHz, so called SMP-processor.
    I am using SuSe 10.0 for a while with serialmonkey-drivers or suse-drivers for 2 different usb-cards:
    rt2500usb for a linksys card
    rt73usb for a D-Link card
    The cards/drivers did not work in the beginning on the SMP-processor, so I changed the default kernel (smp-kernel) to single-kernel using the default 32bits susekernel.
    From then on both cards worked very good in suse 10.0 in default-kernel with defaultdrivers or serialmonkey-drivers

    Now I want to upgrade to openSUSE 11.0, which I can download as 32 or 64 bit-versions.
    But I still want to use the same cards, so if possible the default drivers that come with the suse-kernel.
    What is the best thing to do: 32 or 64 bit or am I messing up things about SMP-kernels and 32/64 bits.....and how about this on the drivers at the moment ??


    I am not a kernel-geek, so please I would like default-distro-kernels

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    Default Re: rt2500 and rt 73 drivers and 64 bitversion

    On Tue, 24 Jun 2008 20:16:04 GMT
    ritslinux <ritslinux@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    > Hi all,
    >
    > I have a pc Dell Pentium 4 HT (dual processor) 2.8 GHz, so called
    > SMP-processor.
    > I am using SuSe 10.0 for a while with serialmonkey-drivers or
    > suse-drivers for 2 different usb-cards:
    > rt2500usb for a linksys card
    > rt73usb for a D-Link card
    > The cards/drivers did not work in the beginning on the SMP-processor,
    > so I changed the default kernel (smp-kernel) to single-kernel using
    > the default 32bits susekernel.
    > From then on both cards worked very good in suse 10.0 in
    > default-kernel with defaultdrivers or serialmonkey-drivers
    >
    > Now I want to upgrade to openSUSE 11.0, which I can download as 32 or
    > 64 bit-versions.
    > But I still want to use the same cards, so if possible the default
    > drivers that come with the suse-kernel.
    > What is the best thing to do: 32 or 64 bit or am I messing up things
    > about SMP-kernels and 32/64 bits.....and how about this on the drivers
    > at the moment ??
    >
    >
    > I am not a kernel-geek, so please I would like default-distro-kernels
    >
    >

    Hi
    The P4 HT is a 32 bit processor with a pseudo second core, hence the
    smp version is installed. If you don't want to use the smp kernel I
    would think you need to disable the HT in the BIOS. I would let 11.0
    install the default smp one and see how it goes first.

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    Default Re: rt2500 and rt 73 drivers and 64 bitversion

    Okay,

    Yesterday I installed openSUSE 11.0 64 bit with CPU (HT enabled in bios), but did not got wireless working, so that's why I asked for help.

    I now changed CPU to "HT disabled" in bios and will see if things still boot and if I get wireless working now...

    I report later.

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    Default Re: rt2500 and rt 73 drivers and 64 bitversion

    For rt73 cards:
    add these repos:
    Index of /repositories/home:/schmolle1980/openSUSE_11.0
    Index of /repositories/home:/schmolle1980/openSUSE_11.0_Update
    And download packages ralink-firmare and rt32-cvs-kmp-default

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    Default Re: rt2500 and rt 73 drivers and 64 bitversion

    And how exactly does one go about using online repositories without a network connection?

    Seriously, wireless networking support (especially using Ralink-based cards) was SERIOUSLY damaged in the 11.0 release (and, apparently in every other distro based on the 2.6.25 kernel) and that is unacceptable. If a new kernel breaks support for VERY common hardware, it SHOULD NOT BE USED. Massive regressions in support for critical hardware like network cards are unacceptable and I'm ashamed that the openSUSE team (and, for that matter, the Linux kernel team) can't see that. While telling people to use drivers backported from the current "development" kernel can solve some problems for some people, it is unacceptable, as it requires access to things (such as a wired internet connection) that the people asking the question might not have. Why these huge bugs weren't caught in beta and seen as release-blockers by either the kernel team or the openSUSE team is beyond me, but it really annoys me and I let down by the whole thing.

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    Default Re: rt2500 and rt 73 drivers and 64 bitversion

    Well, not much of luck here I am afraid.
    Maybe because of the changes made in the bios (disabling HT) I could try to start installing all over again......but will it be any good ?

    mjkerpan has a point as far as my experience goes that only Ubuntu or derivates (Kubuntu/Xubuntu) works out-off-the-box regarding my wireless cards....I should think that SUSE (my favorit distro) could do that, but suse cannot touch this, even not with 11.0

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    Well, I made a workaround to connect to the internet by using another linuxbox acting as gateway for my openSUSE11-machine en let it communicate thru a lan-cable.

    First I let run updates and added some repositories as sefk told me. (By the way the mentioned packages were already present and up to date)

    Still I cannot get one of the cards working, while I use the same method as in Suse10.0.
    The cards are recognised in hardware and also load some drivers, also iwconfig and ifconfig give some normal details but things will not connect or at least start sending/receiving.

    After installing cards in YAST I use a shell to do:

    ifdown wlan0
    iwconfig wlan0 essid OpenWrt key xxxxxxxxxxx
    dhcpcd wlan0

    The second card uses wlan1 but that's beside the point.

    all looks good and prompt returns on screen, ifconfig shows a correct ip-adres (using dhcp) but none traffic starts.

    After disabling cpu-HT in bios I keep asking myself if I have to start all over again, because now my installation is with HT enabled.

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    Default Re: rt2500 and rt 73 drivers and 64 bitversion

    While playing around with some other distro's on 2 machine 32bit & pseudo 64 bit I come to the conclusion that the wireless-problem is kernel-related and NOT distro related.

    Ubuntu/fedora/openSUSE have all broken wireless on both machines with newest kernels while older kernels they worked out of the box.

    Searching around on this issue on internet came to the advice to go to ndiswrapper and start using a wrapper around the windows-based driver.

    It is a shame that this is happening with new kernels.

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    I'm also having the same problem with my rt2500usb adapter which I got working on Ubuntu by manually configuring it + by using ndiswrapper. But what I find weird is that my adapter was able to connect to a non-secured connection via the LiveCD and not on the installed version.. And my secured wireless connection was found the first time I ran the LiveCD and now it doesn't show up anymore, not on the LiveCD, nor on the installed OS..

    I've tried installing ndiswrapper on openSUSE but it keeps saying the "command is not found".. This might be because I didn't install the wireless-tools package before so I'll try again.

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    Default Re: rt2500 and rt 73 drivers and 64 bitversion

    Another weird thing: now I'm on a fresh installation of OpenSUSE and now I'm able to connect to my secured wireless network... OpenSUSE keeps suprising me, I hope that this connection will remain and be stable.

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