Set up wifi on a msi wind notebook

I’ve just bought a MSI Wind U100, running Linux SLED (Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop). Unfortunately, this distribution is based on SUSE 10.1, which is out of date (current SUSE version is 11!!), making the installation of any application a nightmare: most dependencies can’t be solved since most librairies are not maintained any more for 10.1.

I decided to install Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex). The WIFI chipset of my msi wind U100X (bought on December 2008) is not supported. Mine is a RaLink. Use lspci command to know yours: lspci:

01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)

02:00.0 Network controller: RaLink Device 0781

The driver for RaLink 0781 is rt2860. After some search, here is how I installed the driver:

I installed first build-essential:

sudo apt-get install build-essential

Then I installed the driver itself:

The installation starts automatically after package download


I rebooted the computer to be sure that all services were started, and it works: I can see all my neighbors wifi!



1 Response to “Set up wifi on a msi wind notebook”

  1. 1 Mike 4 March 2009 at 7:41 am

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