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Extra drivers for Puppy 4.1 with 2.6.25.16 kernel
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Nov 2008, 05:13    Post subject:  

venger wrote:
In my quest for full functionality on my 901, i am still trying to get these working:
(1) backlight defaults to max brightness

Apparently the "xbacklight" utility from http://xorg.freedesktop.org/archive/individual/app/
provides backlight control. Do this -
Code:
xbacklight  -set x

where x is the percentage value that you want the backlight set to.
xbacklight-1.1.pet
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jakfish

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Nov 2008, 06:31    Post subject:  

>> BTW, have you been able to setup laptop scripts? eg, shutdown on closing lid or lower power or idle for more than 30 mins... <<

Venger, I have not played with shutdown upon lid-closing, or defaulting to lower CPU speed after a given time (the latter sounds especially intriguing) and as you say, I haven't found any threads in murga-linux that explore such things.

Tempestuous: many thanks for the backlight pet. I just downloaded it, will install and report back.

Jake
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jakfish

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Nov 2008, 07:06    Post subject:  

I've just installed and played with the backlight pet. It works like a charm (no need to reboot, so you can experiment w/o changing your puppy_save file).

It installs w/o problem, and it simply sets a maximum brightness of your choosing, thus stopping the return of the usual 100% brightness after screen blank.

You can continue to manually adjust DOWN the brightness but can not go past the maximum brightness set by "xbacklight -set x" So if you set it at 50% brightness (eg "xbacklight -set 50"), that's your max until reboot or a change of command (reboot returns screen to 100% brightness).

I have not yet put the command "xbacklight -set x" in boot, since I'm not yet certain what level of default brightness is optimum. I'm guessing at 50%

Tempestuous/Dougal: you two have outdone yourselves. The eee pets available here, coupled with the magnificient 4.1.1, have perfected the eee/puppy relationship. With sound, true fn keys, fan control, and now brightness commands, I can not think of any eee area still wanting.

If only there were a pet to stop the battery-drain-while-off Smile

Very grateful, I am,
Jake
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Nov 2008, 08:28    Post subject:  

jakfish wrote:
You can continue to manually adjust DOWN the brightness but can not go past the maximum brightness set by "xbacklight -set x"

Maybe backlight is best adjusted using "dec" (decrease) and "inc" (increase). For example to increase the backlight by 10% try this
Code:
xbacklight -inc 10
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venger

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Nov 2008, 08:43    Post subject:  

@jake,tempestuos..
awesome! thanks for the tip on backlight.. ehehe.. yes, this threaad is starting to collect all the goodies for a netbook/puppy match Very Happy

BTW, i found an old "wake and resume" thread. In there, there's a suspend script that works on the 901!.. tho, like in ubuntu, the suspend feature only works 50% of the time.. so a bit dicey..
And on resume, the fn keys stop working.. anyway, if i figure out how to fix the script, will post it here.

ciao..
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magerlab

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Nov 2008, 15:10    Post subject:  

i used simple acpitool -s option to suspend eee but Fn keys do not work

acpitool also can be used to show cpu temp and freq

see this thread
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=31753&search_id=304042631

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venger

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Nov 2008, 18:57    Post subject:  

@magerlab, thanks for the tip!.. i tried it.. works well.. not sure yet which is better, the script or this little utility.. i am going to stick with acpitool for the moment...

oh, found another way to manually set screen brightness Very Happy
so all up, there's 3 ways to do it on the eeepc 901:
(1) xbacklight utility packaged up by tempestuos on this thread
(2) acpitool utility link by magerlab above
(3) echo x > /proc/acpi/asus/brn x can be value from 0 to 15.. for 901, i find that value is 2 for low (1 is too dim for me), 3 for medium and 5 for really bright screen Smile

so hope at least 1 of above will work on each of these eeepc models...
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Nov 2008, 20:57    Post subject:  

venger wrote:
echo x > /proc/acpi/asus/brn x

Yes, that's a good idea ... but be aware that it would require the "asus_acpi" module to be loaded.
Puppy already contains a standard version of the asus_acpi module.
A version of asus_acpi modified for the ASUS Eee is available earlier in this thread.
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Nov 2008, 20:58    Post subject:  

For Acer notebooks:
ACPI control of various functions such as wifi on/off, bluetooth on/off, 3G on/off, Mail LED, and LCD backlight brightness is enabled by the "acer-wmi" module, which Puppy 4.1.x already contains.
acer-wmi is a modern update of the earlier "acer_acpi" and "acerhk" modules.

On compatible Acer notebooks the acer-wmi module should automatically load at bootup. Run "lsmod" to check.
If it's not listed, load the module manually -
Code:
modprobe acer-wmi

Now check the documentation to see what controls are possible
http://www.mjmwired.net/kernel/Documentation/laptops/acer-wmi.txt
For example, to enable the wifi device -
Code:
echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/acer-wmi/wireless

Now (of course) the wifi driver must be loaded and configured.
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dinky


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PostPosted: Sat 22 Nov 2008, 01:19    Post subject:  

Venger, can you please post that other thread you found with the suspend script? Would love to look at it and see if there's anything I can do to help get it working on the eeepc. Also, have you tried Ripple? It's a pupplet I'm working on that utilizes graphics hardware acceleration by default on the eeepc's... compiz-fusion is configured by default, uses emerald for windows decoration, and cairo-dock for an interactive dockbar. I'd be really interested in your feedback on the Ripple thread. Cheers!

Ripple: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=35554

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venger

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Nov 2008, 09:41    Post subject:  

@dinky, here's the link to the thread with the suspend script

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?search_id=1487702431&t=14467

i had a go at ripple beta 5.. but it couldn't load up xwin Sad
all the modules were loaded.. but seemed to crash when start x... no error messages tho..

i'll give the next release a go.. Very Happy
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Sun 23 Nov 2008, 03:17    Post subject:  

Logitech Quickcam cameras:
Puppy 4.1.x contains the standard "quickcam_messenger" driver, but this supports only a limited range of webcams.
Barry added the "qcmessenger" driver, plus the generic "gspca" driver.
But unfortunately there are still 3 older models of Quickcam not supported by any of these drivers; device id's
046d 0840
046d 0850
046d 0870
These models are supported by the qc-usb driver from http://qce-ga.sourceforge.net/
The name of the module is "quickcam". With a certain amount of patching, this driver will compile under the 2.6.25.16 kernel, now attached.
After installing this dotpet, reboot.
There's a good chance that Puppy will automatically detect the webcam and load this module. Check with lsmod.
If not, load the module manually
Code:
modprobe quickcam

Puppy should also automatically create the necessary V4L device nodes, but if your application gives an error message something like "/dev/video does not exist" then run the script contained in this dotpet which will create the nodes -
Code:
MAKEDEV-V4L.sh
qc-usb-0.6.6-k2.6.25.16.pet
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dinky


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PostPosted: Mon 24 Nov 2008, 04:36    Post subject:  

venger wrote:
@dinky, here's the link to the thread with the suspend script

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?search_id=1487702431&t=14467

i had a go at ripple beta 5.. but it couldn't load up xwin Sad
all the modules were loaded.. but seemed to crash when start x... no error messages tho..

i'll give the next release a go.. Very Happy


Thanks venger, I'll check that out. SImple fix for Ripple, choose x24 for the xorgwizard, not x16.... ie, (for eeepc701) 800x480x24, NOT 800x480x16. We're up to Ripple 06-2 now for the stable releases. Have a go, you'll like it. Cheers.
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Mon 24 Nov 2008, 04:54    Post subject:  

Broadcom wifi devices.
Puppy 4.1.x contains the new b43 and b43legacy opensource wifi drivers, plus the older bcm43xx driver.
But some Broadcom wifi devices, especially those found in Dell and HP notebooks, are notorious for failing to work with these drivers.
For these troublesome devices the proprietary Broadcom hybrid driver will likely work better. Now attached.
This dotpet package contains a suitably modified PREFLIST so that the new driver will be used in preference to the other versions.
Also the networkmodules and wag-profiles.sh config files have been modified to accommodate the new driver.
After installing this dotpet, reboot. Puppy should automatically load the new driver, which is called "wl". Check with lsmod. If necessary you can load the wl module from the Network Wizard.

Feb 11 2009:
Driver updated to version 5.10.27.14

The source code is from here
http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php
broadcom-5.10.27.14-k2.6.25.16.pet
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PostPosted: Wed 26 Nov 2008, 04:39    Post subject:  

Realtek RTL8187B USB wifi devices.
The "B" version of the RTL8187 wifi chipset is not supported by Puppy's "rtl8187" driver.
Here is the proprietary version of the wifi driver, modified by Johnny Cuervo at
http://www.datanorth.net/~cuervo/rtl8187b/FAQ.html

UPDATE Feb 8 2009:
This driver originally supported 5 models of wifi device. Source code modified as per this list
http://cateee.net/lkddb/web-lkddb/RTL8180.html
to support an additional 8 models. Dotpet updated.

After installing this dotpet, reboot.
The new driver is called "r8187" (not rtl8187). Puppy should automatically load this module at bootup, but if not, you can load it from the Network Wizard.

UPDATE Dec 10 2009:
Why did it take 1 year and 600 downloads before someone mentioned unsuccessful WPA connection with this driver?
Groan.
The fix is now attached as a dotpet. The r8187 driver reports itself to the Network Wizard as "rtl8187" even though that's not its actual name. I have modified the Network Wizard so that the correct "ipw" driver parameter is used with wpa_supplicant (instead of the "wext parameter) when associating with this driver. Obviously this will mess up WPA configuration for the standard rtl8187 driver, so don't install this fix unless the new driver is definitely compatible with your wifi device.
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