Fedora 10 on MSI Wind with Wireless

MSI Wind U100-432US

I got my new MSI Wind U100-432US on Friday. After starting it up and updating the BIOS, I installed Fedora 10. Since many netbooks don’t have CD/DVD drives and I already had a network server set up to do network installs from, I made a local copy of the Fedora 10 base repo via rsync before it arrived. I then found a utility called unetbootin to make a bootable USB drive that I could start the network install from and it worked great. I basically installed it and plugged in the USB drive, told it I wanted Fedora 10 i386 network install and selected my boot drive. unetbootin copied the image files from the Fedora repo and made my USB drive bootable. I then restarted and installed Fedora 10 in a matter of minutes over my local network.

After the install, everything seemed to be working except the wireless. I was able to find out that the wireless card was a RaLink card instead of RealTek like I had expected. That caused a change of plans. I was having trouble tracking down drivers for the RaLink card and was having issues trying to build from source with WPA support. In the end, I found a repo that had the drivers already there and it simplified things. My system was a mess after that so, alas, I booted from my USB drive again and did a clean install.

Here are the quick and easy steps to get wireless working on a MSI Wind U100-432US:

1. Install Fedora 10

2. Post install, run a yum upgrade to get your system up to date:

sudo yum upgrade

3. Once you’re up to date, install the RPM Fusion repos

sudo rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm
sudo rpm --import "http://rpmfusion.org/keys?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-free-fedora"
sudo rpm --import "http://rpmfusion.org/keys?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-nonfree-fedora"

4. Install the RaLink 2860 driver which is compatible with the RaLink 2790 installed in the MSI Wind U100-432US

sudo yum install kmod-rt2860

5. Reboot

After the reboot, if you click the Network Manager icon, you should see wireless options that were previously not there.

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