Ubuntu – Adapter not showing up on Ubuntu (Netgear A6120)

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I am attempting to install drivers for my wifi adapter (Netgear Ac6120 Wifi Adapter)

The adapter shows up when I type

$ lsusb
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 003: ID 046d:c52b Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 154b:00ee PNY 
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0b05:17cb ASUSTek Computer, Inc. Broadcom BCM20702A0 Bluetooth
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0846:9053 NetGear, Inc. 
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 258a:0001
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

After following these steps

$ git clone https://github.com/jurobystricky/Netgear-A6210
$ cd netgear-a6210
$ make

I get this error

export DBGFLAGS

* Building driver with debug messages *

cp -f os/linux/Makefile.6 /home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux/Makefile make -C /lib/modules/4.15.0-29-generic/build DBGFLAGS=-DDBG SUBDIRS=/home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux modules make[1]: Entering directory '/usr/src/linux-headers-4.15.0-29-generic' arch/x86/Makefile:156: CONFIG_X86_X32 enabled but no binutils support Makefile:976: "Cannot use CONFIG_STACK_VALIDATION=y, please install libelf-dev, libelf-devel or elfutils-libelf-devel" CC [M] /home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux/../../sta/assoc.o /bin/sh: 1: gcc: not found scripts/Makefile.build:332: recipe for target '/home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux/../../sta/assoc.o' failed make[2]: * [/home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux/../../sta/assoc.o] Error 127 Makefile:1552: recipe for target 'module/home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux' failed make[1]: * [module/home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux] Error 2 make[1]: Leaving directory '/usr/src/linux-headers-4.15.0-29-generic' Makefile:59: recipe for target 'debug' failed make: *** [debug] Error 2

What do I need to install or do to resolve this.
Thanks

Update 1

After installing gcc and libelf-dev i get

$ make
export DBGFLAGS

* Building driver with debug messages *

cp -f os/linux/Makefile.6 /home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux/Makefile make -C /lib/modules/4.15.0-39-generic/build DBGFLAGS=-DDBG SUBDIRS=/home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux modules make[1]: Entering directory '/usr/src/linux-headers-4.15.0-39-generic' CC [M] /home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux/../../sta/assoc.o cc1: error: code model kernel does not support PIC mode scripts/Makefile.build:332: recipe for target '/home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux/../../sta/assoc.o' failed make[2]: * [/home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux/../../sta/assoc.o] Error 1 Makefile:1551: recipe for target 'module/home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux' failed make[1]: * [module/home/alexander/netgear-a6210/os/linux] Error 2 make[1]: Leaving directory '/usr/src/linux-headers-4.15.0-39-generic' Makefile:59: recipe for target 'debug' failed make: *** [debug] Error 2

Update 2

After following the steps you mentioned i got an internal error but i wasn't able to catch what it was and it didn't show after restarting twice


The wifi adapter is showing up connecting to the wifi now
so thank you for that

it does take a little long to connect (about a 1 to 1 1/2 minutes ), is that just how the adapter runs on linux/ something i'll have to accept?

Best Answer

  • With a working internet connection by ethernet, tethering or whatever means possible, open a terminal and do:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install libelf-dev build-essential
    

    Then try the 'make' step again.

    EDIT: The git repository you are using hasn’t been updated in two years. It is incompatible with kernel version 4.15 and newer.

    Now let’s install a better driver. Please download this file: https://github.com/kaduke/Netgear-A6210/archive/port-to-4.15.zip

    Right-click it and select ‘Extract here.’ Now back to the terminal:

    cd ~/Downloads/Netgear-A6210-port-to-4.15
    make
    sudo make install
    sudo modprobe mt7662u_sta
    

    Your wireless should now be working.

    Please tell me how it proceeds; I will probably have one final step.

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