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Hi,
I just got a new Acer Revo from ebay- shipped from Taiwan. I got it dual boot on win-7 and XBMC live. Everything works fine except the wireless network in XBMC. The main reason for buying Revo was to use it as a HTPC but I am stuck now. My network drive is on the wireless router and as wireless on XBMC is not working I really cant make use of it. I had hooked it up on lan and it works on it- but location wise I have to get the wireless network working.
I had tried following links and wlan0 is not showing up. I have the RT3090 driver for linux downloaded from ralink site. Can someone let me know how to get it installed in a revo. I am new to linux but if I get a step by step guide I could work it out.
Or is there someone who has got it to work on a Revo with RT3090.
Please Help!!
I have the same problem as you. Let me know if you figure something out and i will do the same.
I dont know how to fix this, but your gonna have network issues fullstop with the revo and wifi, its a very week signal, and it looks like im gonna end up having to do this to my box - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9QRXobiF_k
I found a link which has a guide to get RT3090 installed in Ubuntu. I managed to install gedit but could not command as a gksudu. Is there a way to use gksudu.
Mexicanking14 Wrote:I found a link which has a guide to get RT3090 installed in Ubuntu. I managed to install gedit but could not command as a gksudu. Is there a way to use gksudu.

gksudo is simply the gui way to start an app with sudo.

You dont need gksudo and you dont need gedit.

open a terminal and do as the link suggested but replace gksudo with sudo and replace gedit with nano.

crtl +O saves the file
crtl +X exits nano
FishOil Wrote:gksudo is simply the gui way to start an app with sudo.

You dont need gksudo and you dont need gedit.

open a terminal and do as the link suggested but replace gksudo with sudo and replace gedit with nano.

crtl +O saves the file
crtl +X exits nano
Thanks FishOil that was a great help for me. I tried sudo and nano as u said and could get started, but for some reasons RT3090 is still not installed. I will try again ... and see.
Thanks again.
I figured out at last and got my wireless network working. I tried the second time with nano, sudo and got my rt3090 installed.
Once installed, i had to use sudo iwconfig which showed the rt3090 as a ra0 device instead of wlan0
next i used sudo ifconfig ra0 up and it started up the device checked it with iwconfig
once the device was up and running all i had to do was setup the wireless wpa settings. I used this link to set up the network. I had to use ra0 instead of wlan0 in /etc/network/interfaces. I then restarted the network using sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
Ohh and i could see ralink connect to my home network. Thanks to FishOil who helped me get started.

Forgot to mention that you might have to install wpa supplicant
sudo aptitude install wpasupplicant this helped me fix problems with dhcp- No dhcp offers received
Mexicanking14 Wrote:I figured out at last and got my wireless network working. I tried the second time with nano, sudo and got my rt3090 installed.
Once installed, i had to use sudo iwconfig which showed the rt3090 as a ra0 device instead of wlan0
next i used sudo ifconfig ra0 up and it started up the device checked it with iwconfig
once the device was up and running all i had to do was setup the wireless wpa settings. I used this link to set up the network. I had to use ra0 instead of wlan0 in /etc/network/interfaces. I then restarted the network using sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
Ohh and i could see ralink connect to my home network. Thanks to FishOil who helped me get started.


Glad you got it going on your own. Linux can be tough for a new guy.
Hello I am also trying to get the wifi working on my Acer Revo. I am having trouble installing the driver. I have replaced gksudo and gedit with sudo and nano but it can't locate the sources.list file. When I enter the command
"sudo nano /etc/apt/ sources. list" the Revo beeps and tells me "etc/apt/" is a directory. Any help would be appreciated. Thank You
You have a space in this line

"sudo nano /etc/apt/ sources. list"

it should be

"sudo nano /etc/apt/sources. list"
chanders Wrote:You have a space in this line

"sudo nano /etc/apt/ sources. list"

it should be

"sudo nano /etc/apt/sources. list"

Thanks that really helped. Do these command also need these spaces?

deb http:// ppa.launchpad. net/markus- tisoft/ rt3090/ ubuntu karmic main
deb-src http:// ppa.launchpad. net/markus- tisoft/ rt3090/ ubuntu karmic main

Thanks again
I have 3 suggestions-
First use the link that I had used- make sure u check ur spaces- and u wont have any problem.
Or use wget and download the driver and install it directly, I have used wget to download even latest 256.35 nvidia drivers. Here is the link for the ralink driver
http://www.ralinktech.com/download.php?t...l1ZEdGeUM=

Next suggestion u may not like it- get a new pcie mini network card- I bought one for my acer revo Intel wifi 5100- it works on 5gHz and can connect upto 300Mbps in windows- it costed me approx Euros 9 including shipping. And u dont need to install a driver- its already available on the xbmc package. I was not very happy with the ralink as the max connection in windows was 65Mbps and could not stream 1080P videos in xbmc. But since I have the new network card, has no problem at all.
Mexicanking14 Wrote:I have 3 suggestions-
First use the link that I had used- make sure u check ur spaces- and u wont have any problem.
Or use wget and download the driver and install it directly, I have used wget to download even latest 256.35 nvidia drivers. Here is the link for the ralink driver
http://www.ralinktech.com/download.php?t...l1ZEdGeUM=

Next suggestion u may not like it- get a new pcie mini network card- I bought one for my acer revo Intel wifi 5100- it works on 5gHz and can connect upto 300Mbps in windows- it costed me approx Euros 9 including shipping. And u dont need to install a driver- its already available on the xbmc package. I was not very happy with the ralink as the max connection in windows was 65Mbps and could not stream 1080P videos in xbmc. But since I have the new network card, has no problem at all.

I don't mind shelling out more money, I might as well since I just bought the Revo. So you linked me to a network card on ebay, I believe that is the one you are suggesting to me? Another question, what if I wanted to update to a new xbmc, would I have to go back through the reinstall process?
Thanks a bunch
The network card that I linked was the cheapest PCIe mini network card which had dual band wireless n capabilities. There are various other PCIe available but I went for it as it had 2 antenna pins and was cheap, no other reasons.

To upgrade what I use is sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get upgrade. And u can update to the latest package available. I had a problem when I updated - after I reboot it said that I have to install a graphics card driver. For some reasons I could not use the GUI inteface. Thats how I ended up getting the latest graphics driver. I would upgrade only if I knew to install a latest driver using wget, unpacking it and to install. To be frank it is very easy. The first month I had trouble configuring xbmc on revo as I didnt know anything on linux but GOOGLE gave me all the answers.....

I have a query- do us use windows as dual boot on revo. If so is there a delay to boot up and r u able to play 1080p videos.
jvanph Wrote:Thanks that really helped. Do these command also need these spaces?

deb http:// ppa.launchpad. net/markus- tisoft/ rt3090/ ubuntu karmic main
deb-src http:// ppa.launchpad. net/markus- tisoft/ rt3090/ ubuntu karmic main

Thanks again

Those arn't commands. They are "locations" if you will, with "packages available". Once you let you computer know this, they will be able to use these packages. It should read

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/markus-tisoft/rt3090/ ubuntu karmic main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/markus-tisoft/rt3090/ ubuntu karmic main
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