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    Default Install RTL8187 driver on Ubuntu

    I've after installing Ubuntu on my laptop to use as my main OS. My Alfa wifi works but it reports a low signal, so I want to use the driver that comes with Backtrack 3.

    The driver used in Backtrack 3 is, as far as I know, Version 1.1 by Andrea Merello. I've done some Googling but I can't find any definitive resources for this driver, I just keep getting hits to different forums.

    Furthermore, I don't know much about adding drivers to Linux. (I've spent the last few days reading Linux tutorials because I want to abandon WinXP as my main OS).

    Can anyone help me out? First of all do I need a ".ko" file? I really don't know where to start.
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    Code:
    ifconfig wlan0 down	 
    rmmod r8187 rtl8187 2>/dev/null
    wget http://dl.aircrack-ng.org/drivers/rtl8187_linux_26.1010.zip
    unzip rtl8187_linux_26.1010.zip
    cd rtl8187_linux_26.1010.0622.2006/
    wget http://patches.aircrack-ng.org/rtl8187_2.6.24v3.patch
    tar xzf drv.tar.gz
    tar xzf stack.tar.gz
    patch -Np1 -i rtl8187_2.6.24v3.patch
    make
    make install
    That is the old driver however it should work fine in ubuntu.

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    Thanks for that, I had to get a different patch though because the latest Ubuntu uses a different kernel, it's working perfect now though.

    I'm not sure if I'm happy with GNome. I'm trying to like it but I think I'll end up switching to KDE. I need to sort the fonts out coz they don't look the best.
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