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I've installed the Chromium Vanilla by Hexxeh to a USB drive, but I can't use it on my computer because it lacks the carl9170 driver, which is needed by my adapter (a D-Link DWA-160.)

I've managed to get it booted on the Netbook, whose wireless chip is supported, and I've downloaded carl9170-1.fw version 1.9.7 for Linux kernel 3.1 and higher (the version of Chromium OS I have uses 3.0.4.)

Unfortunately, I haven't managed to get the driver loaded. I've tried putting it in all kinds of locations, and I've made lots of different attempts to load it with both modprobe and insmod, but I can't seem to figure out what to do. modprobe usually complains about "module not found".

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A firmware file is sometimes needed for a kernel module, but it is not the actual kernel module. – jordanm Mar 15 '13 at 3:36
@jordanm Okay, where might I find the kernel module needed? It (my Wi-Fi adapter) is recognized by lspci, does that mean anything? – JamesTheAwesomeDude Mar 15 '13 at 3:42
Do you have source code for the carl9170? – ymn Mar 15 '13 at 4:27
@JamesTheAwesomeDude it's part of the upstream kernel. You will need to compile it for that exact kernel version. – jordanm Mar 15 '13 at 5:23

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