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Ok, so I got the kit, plugged in the dongle to my USB port and the antenna to the dongle, now what? I opened Quisk but nothing different is happening. So do I need to install a Driver for the dongle or do something to configure it or what? Thanks.

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Ok, so I got the kit, plugged in the dongle to my USB port and the antenna to the dongle, now what? I opened Quisk but nothing different is happening. So do I need to install a Driver for the dongle or do something to configure it or what? Thanks.

Well which os are you running? Also there is a pre-compiled Ubuntu ISO that has all the necessary drivers and software to run your SDR. Here is the link to that ISO.. http://www.rtl-sdr.com/rtl-sdrhackrf-live-dvd/

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I'm running Point Linux 2.2 which is pure Debian 7 Stable with a MATE DE. Also, if it's 32bit since I have a Core Duo laptop with a 1.83GHz processor. I have both CuteSDR and Quisk installed. Just wonder if I need to install any Drivers or anything for the dongle?

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Try the Linux guide that's posted above it might help you with your drivers but will also install SDR Sharp which is what I first started using. Personally I have had some issues finding the right Linux Distro to use with my SDR. Most of the guides are for Debian or Ubuntu and watch out some are only for 64-bit machines.

You could also make a bootable usb with Kali linux on it and it works great. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my old Toshiba dual core thinking it would work find and experienced a lot of skipping and stuttering.

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I'm installing sudo apt-get install mono-complete monodevelop(sudo apt-get install libportaudio2 was already installed) to see if that'll give me what I need to get Quisk up and running. If not I'll have to see if I can find a 32bit version of SDR# for Debian to install. Thanks. Keep the info coming, more is always better.

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Also try:

git clone git://git.osmocom.org/rtl-sdr.git
cd rtl-sdr/
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../ -DINSTALL_UDEV_RULES=ON
make
sudo make install
sudo ldconfig
sudo make install-udev-rules

and:

git clone git://git.osmocom.org/gr-osmosdr
cd gr-osmosdr/
mkdir build
cd build/
cmake ../
make
sudo make install
sudo ldconfig
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I'm installing sudo apt-get install mono-complete monodevelop(sudo apt-get install libportaudio2 was already installed) to see if that'll give me what I need to get Quisk up and running. If not I'll have to see if I can find a 32bit version of SDR# for Debian to install. Thanks. Keep the info coming, more is always better.

I know that even with sdrsharp that at one time I had to download the RTLUSB.dll file from the sdrsharp website in order for the software to even detect the USB SDR device. So maybe that's why cutesdr doesn't see your SDR.

If you still have problems check these two sites out may give you some insight.

http://www.rtl-sdr.com/rtl-sdr-quick-start-guide/

http://www.thepowerbase.com/2012/06/getting-started-with-rtl-sdr/

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Tried that before with the gqrx tarball and got stuck at the same place, cmake ../ Returns "bash: cmake: command not found" so I gave up and just installed CuteSDR and Quisk from Synaptic.

try:

apt-get install build-essential cmake
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Now I get this:

-- The C compiler identification is GNU 4.7.2

-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/gcc

-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/gcc -- works

-- Detecting C compiler ABI info

-- Detecting C compiler ABI info - done

-- Build type not specified: defaulting to release.

-- Extracting version information from git describe...

-- Found PkgConfig: /usr/bin/pkg-config (found version "0.26")

-- checking for module 'libusb-1.0'

-- package 'libusb-1.0' not found

-- Looking for libusb_handle_events_timeout_completed

-- Looking for libusb_handle_events_timeout_completed - not found

-- Looking for libusb_error_name

-- Looking for libusb_error_name - not found

-- libusb-1.0 not found.

-- Looking for include file pthread.h

-- Looking for include file pthread.h - found

-- Looking for pthread_create in pthreads

-- Looking for pthread_create in pthreads - not found

-- Looking for pthread_create in pthread

-- Looking for pthread_create in pthread - found

-- Found Threads: TRUE

CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:69 (message):

LibUSB 1.0 required to compile rtl-sdr

Looks like I need to install LibUSB 1.0 or something.

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apt-cache search libusb

think you need

apt-get install libusb-dev

or

apt-get install libusb-1.0-dev

the dev bit is important - it includes the stuff to compile from source, libusb-1.0 - is just the pre-compiled libraries

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apt-get install libusb-dev installed but apt-get install libusb-1.0-dev gets me this:

Reading package lists... Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information... Done

E: Unable to locate package libusb-1.0-dev

E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'libusb-1.0-dev'

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can't remember all the debian packages off the top of my head try the following to list a series of packages:

apt-cache search libusb

but this might work, again not entirely sure as I'm not on a debian OS right now:

apt-get install libusb-1.0-0-dev

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So many to pick from, LOL.

libusbhid-common - Common files for the USB HID devices FreeBSD library

libhpmud-dev - HP Multi-Point Transport Driver (hpmud) development libraries

libhpmud0 - HP Multi-Point Transport Driver (hpmud) run-time libraries

libdevice-usb-perl - Perl module to access USB devices using libusb

libdjconsole-data - Hercules DJ Console access library - data files

libdjconsole-dev - Hercules DJ Console access library - development headers

libdjconsole0 - Hercules DJ Console access library

libfprint-dev - async fingerprint library of fprint project, development headers

libfprint0 - async fingerprint library of fprint project, shared libraries

libftdi1 - Library to control and program the FTDI USB controller

libftdipp1 - Library to control and program the FTDI USB controller

python-ftdi - Python module to control and program the FTDI USB controller

libgusb-dev - GLib wrapper around libusb1 - development files

libgusb-doc - GLib wrapper around libusb1 - documentation

libgusb2 - GLib wrapper around libusb1

libusb++-0.1-4c2 - userspace C++ USB programming library

libusb++-dev - userspace C++ USB programming library development files

libusb-0.1-4 - userspace USB programming library

libusb-dev - userspace USB programming library development files

libusbtc08-1 - Hardware interface library for PicoTech USB TC08 Thermocouple sensor

libusbtc08-dev - Development files for PicoTech USB TC08

libusb-1.0-0 - userspace USB programming library

libusb-1.0-0-dev - userspace USB programming library development files

libusbip-dev - USB device sharing system over IP network (development files)

libusb-ocaml - OCaml bindings to libusb-1.0 (runtime)

libusb-ocaml-dev - OCaml bindings to libusb-1.0

libusb-ruby - Transitional package for ruby-usb

libusb-ruby1.8 - Transitional package for ruby-usb

libusb-ruby1.9.1 - Transitional package for ruby-usb

ruby-usb - Ruby library providing bindings for libusb-0.1

spectools - Utilities for using the Wi-Spy USB spectrum analyzer hardware

libusbmuxd-dev - USB multiplexor daemon for iPhone and iPod Touch devices - devel

libusbmuxd1 - USB multiplexor daemon for iPhone and iPod Touch devices - library

libusbmuxd1-dbg - USB multiplexor daemon for iPhone and iPod Touch devices - debug

libusbprog-dev - Development files for libusbprog

libusbprog0 - Library for programming the USBprog hardware

libusbredirhost-dev - implementing the usb-host (*) side of a usbredir connection (development)

libusbredirhost1 - Implementing the usb-host (*) side of a usbredir connection (runtime)

libusbredirparser-dev - Parser for the usbredir protocol (development)

libusbredirparser0 - Parser for the usbredir protocol (runtime)

python-usbtc08 - Python wrapper for libusbtc08

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Hey, it did find something.

Found 1 device(s):

0w0JYvqxvqr, SN: xbw,dxq@rq

Using device 0: Generic RTL2832U OEM

usb_open error -3

Please fix the device permissions, e.g. by installing the udev rules file rtl-sdr.rules

Failed to open rtlsdr device #0.

So, how do I get Quisk or CuteSDR to find it?

P.S.

Looks like it still needs the udev rules file to work.

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