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Any good USB wireless adapters that work in Linux?

I am working on an MSI Hetis 945 barebone PC I got from the neighbors I'm able to keep with some serious room for upgrades, and I am just starting it on this level

I found out my current version of Linux doesn't like the onboard sound, but I was able to solve this by adding a PCI sound card that I can confirm works, which I usually suggest Creative for Ubuntu Linux being their cards almost always work well in Linux

I have added more RAM, 2GB now

I never got a DVD drive, I just put a white CD-RW in

the CPU will be replaced with a 2.66GHz Pentium D next, and get rid of the IDE harddrive for a SATA3 drive

I found out my current Wi-Fi card never worked in Linux and was designed for Win 98/2000/XP and there's likely no chance of it working in 7/8, and I need to get one that does, preferably a USB one, are there any good ones I should consider looking into? I am using a Mac to share the Wi-Fi to this PC with a Ethernet cable right now


The onboard audio now works like it should without the Creative card, it did work after I got it online and updated it as I suspected, which is why the sound card was a temporary fit-my Linux disk must have had issues without updating some parts and software, so it was rejected till updated and stable

MSI update

I put a SATA HDD in, but it's only 1.5GB/s, but better then on the IDE bus

As to the os, it's Ubuntu Linux 12.10, the newest version

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Hmm, I know I've used a few in past times, but it's been so long I don't remember what they were. Usually the user reviews on Newegg will mention Linux compatibility.

Is there any particular reason you'd prefer USB over (I assume) PCI? The performance of USB dongles has always been subpar in my experience, and they're more likely to get damaged by accidental brushing-by. I've had good experience with cheap Edimax and Rosewill adapters.

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Sure, but what else are you going to use a PCI slot for? Most other expansion cards go onto PCIe nowadays.


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