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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Jul 2007, 21:17    Post_subject:  Updates/improvements for Puppy 2.17  

Typically, updated modules/applications/scripts are contributed in response to requests for help on the forum.
Finding these contributions later then becomes difficult. So I created this new thread specifically for updates/improvements for Puppy 2.17.
Feel free to add attachments, but please don't hijack this thread with requests for help about unrelated subjects.

Puppy 2.17's new 2.6.21x kernel has a new version of Wireless Extensions which has created compatibility issues with wifi modules/utilities.
Barry has already upgraded the Wireless Tools (iwconfig, iwlist etc) but it appears to go further.
There is an issue where some wifi modules will truncate the ESSID so that the last digit/character is missing. A workaround is to deliberately add one extra digit, but the only true fix is when the wifi module is re-written to deal with the newer Wireless Extensions.

This problem appears to affect the earlier Ralink modules, rt2400, rt2500, rt2570, so here are the latest CVS Ralink modules which should fix the problem.
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Jul 2007, 21:28    Post_subject:  

And in some cases, Puppy's existing version of dhcpcd may fail with the newer Wireless Extensions. In one case, the whole computer froze.

UPDATE Aug 25 2007 - get the latest dhcpcd version here -
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=136873#136873

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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul 2007, 09:37    Post_subject:  

UPDATE Aug 25 2007 - get the latest Network Wizard here -
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=136872#136872

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Annologic


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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul 2007, 12:34    Post_subject: Updated wireless Packages  

Very glad my E-TechPCMIA wireless card is now behaving properly! I've installed the new RT2500 package and all of a sudden the activity and link signals are on, right after Puppy 2.17.1 is echoing: " testing if RA0 is alive"

Furthermore I like the new dhcpcd package. It now store my settings. Before i had to run the network wizard after each reboot.

Thanks very much Tempestuous!
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jul 2007, 11:39    Post_subject:  

UPDATE Aug 25 2007 - WPA2 is now supported in the Network Wizard.
See earlier post.

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BarryK
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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jul 2007, 17:54    Post_subject:  

Tempestuous, situation normal! I will put this new Wizard into 2.17.1 and then we will find the bugs.

V2.17.1... yes, will bring out a pre-release in a few days I think.
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jul 2007, 23:05    Post_subject:  

Barry, I just remembered that a forum member reported missing firmware for the zd1201 module (not the newer zd1211) -
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=123633#123633

The link for this firmware is here -
http://linux-lc100020.sourceforge.net/
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WhoDo


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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jul 2007, 23:33    Post_subject:  

tempestuous wrote:
Time is moving on, so here is the latest version of the full Network Wizard, which contains many enhancements by Dougal:

Thanks tempestuous, and Dougal. Tried out this new wizard and it works great on my personal laptop. I'll give it a trial on some much older hardware later on next week.

Cheers

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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jul 2007, 11:11    Post_subject:  

The Universal Installer seems to be fixed too. Link here to get it:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=20191&start=30
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jul 2007, 18:46    Post_subject:  

BarryK wrote:
The Universal Installer seems to be fixed too. Link here to get it:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=20191&start=30


Thanks, Barry. I have downloaded this too and will include in boat anchor testing Thursday-Friday this week.

Cheers

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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jul 2007, 20:40    Post_subject:  

tempestuous wrote:
Barry, I just remembered that a forum member reported missing firmware for the zd1201 module (not the newer zd1211) -
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=123633#123633

The link for this firmware is here -
http://linux-lc100020.sourceforge.net/

Puppy 2.17 has this firmware already, in /lib/firmware. Two files zd1201-ap.fw zd1201.fw.
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PostPosted: Thu 02 Aug 2007, 09:17    Post_subject:  

S**t, I thought that I had got 2.17.1 all ready to ship, but then I checked the Network Wizard (July 28th, posted above) and found that the very first window is unusable.

The first time that I looked at it, the first window was okay, on a PC with two network interfaces.
But, I booted up on a PC with just one ethernet wired interface, and the 'tree' display in the first window cannot be read. There is inadequate height. I delved in and found a <height>55</height> which when increased to 65 was then okay.

I see in the comments at beginning of script that this problem was fixed, but it isn't. Could you guys please fix it.

I don't like the tree display anyway, I think it's confusing. A user might think that by highlighting one of the entries, they are making a selection, but that is not the case. Instead, a button has to be clicked.
Shouldn't it just be a text display, not an embedded tree box?

The radical rewrite of the Network Wizard worries me considering thatI 2.17.1 is a minor bugfix release from 2.17.

Therefore, I'm disinclined to use it right now.

Tempestuous, could you please put the fixes that you have most recently done into the net_setup.sh script that was in 2.17? That script, with just the essential fixes, is what I will ship with 2.17.1.
The PET package used in 2.17 is on ibiblio and is 'net_setup-2.17.pet'.

A more thorough upgrade can be considered for 2.18.

I was going to upload 2.17.1 today, but will wait another day or two.
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gliezl


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PostPosted: Thu 02 Aug 2007, 22:09    Post_subject:  

I am using 2.17 (boot to usb) in a laptop with a broadcom wifi adapter. I installed latest dhcpd pet package & network wizard pet from this thread. Eth0 & eth1 were detected. eth1 is wireless. Using the updated wizard, auto dhcp is getting a different IP address compared with the ip-address being assigned to to the laptop when using windows. It should atleast get 192.168.1.51-54 and with a gateway of 192.168.1.1 but rather its obtaining an IP of 192.164.254.*. It should be in the same network address, right?
In windows, I have no problem in connecting. In Linux, I can't connect at all.


I just followed the steps in the Puppy wiki site. I am new to this wireless stuff.

Thank you guys Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri 03 Aug 2007, 07:30    Post_subject:  

Hmmm, rereading my previous post, it comes across a bit strong. What happened was I had a very long day of testing, and thought that I had finally got 2.17.1 read to go. So, I created the 5-parts and started uploading. After several hours of upload (using my slow satellite upload) I was testing a few things on another PC and then discovered that the Network Wizard was unusable on that PC. So, I was pretty annoyed when I posted.

I understand though, that this new Wizard has very little testing, and after glancing through the code I decided that is is too different to be let loose this weekend in v2.17.1.

So, if there are any essential bugfixes for the net_setup-2.17, kindly put them in, otherwise I will release 2.17.1 with the same Wizard as 2.17.
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PostPosted: Fri 03 Aug 2007, 08:51    Post_subject:  

Barry,
There is nothing wrong with showing you are human! Very Happy

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