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John Lewis

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Oct 2009, 05:12    Post_subject:  Display and wireless question eeepc701SD  

Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this.

I just downloaded Puppy 430 and put it on a USB stick to try in my eeepc701SD.
First up the display only seems to work in xvesa mode. A bit of a mystery as xorg works with other pups.

Wireless didn't work so I tried Tempestuous's pet which appears to be correct.
"the rtl8187se driver is for the Realtek RTL8187SE wifi device, as found in the ASUS Eee 701SD...."
It was found and appeared to connect but could not manage the WEP encryption.

Dmesg shows
r8180 setting SW wepkey Associated successfully using G rates.
Ieee801211 crypt_wep: could not allocate crypto API arc4
wlan0: could not initialise WEP: load module Ieee80211_crypt_WEP
Then it proceeds to repeat itself.

Seems I might be a module short? Haven't had time to investigate further. The earlier 4.2 something puppy worked fine.

John Lewis
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PostPosted: Thu 15 Oct 2009, 05:22    Post_subject:  

hmmm..

My 701SD works fine with 4.3 with Xorg. You didn't use the install on another machine first?

As far as wireless goes, check "lsmod" (type it in a terminal) and see if that module loads. If not, perhaps run "depmod-FULL" then "modprobe Ieee80211_crypt_WEP " to see if it loads. If it doesn't re-download and install the pet, it may have got corrupted.. that's about all I can think of..

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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Oct 2009, 05:39    Post_subject:  

Beware, there are two different drivers on the forum at the moment.
Make sure you're using the more modern rtl8187se driver from
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=346449#346449

not the older r8180 driver from
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=47210

... because the new driver will become official in future kernels, so it needs to be debugged if there are problems.
I think the new driver fails to load the other wifi modules it depends upon.
So after bootup, run these two commands -
Code:
modprobe mac80211
modprobe lib80211_crypt_wep

Now, just to be careful, let's unload/reload your driver -
Code:
rmmod rtl8187se
modprobe rtl8187se

Now run the Network Wizard and see if you can establish a connection.

If still unsuccessful, try disabling all encryption at your wifi router and try again in this unencrypted state.
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John Lewis

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Oct 2009, 22:10    Post_subject:  

Thanks for the replies people.
tempestuous,
Yes I'm using the rtl8187se driver. I tried modprobing both mac80211 and
lib80211_crypt_wep as you asked. I got the message fatal error and not found in both cases. I also tried micko's suggestion of doing a depmod-FULL as well but it made no difference.
I'm running from a usb stick so before I go much further I'll reinstall and see what happens just in case of something going wrong in previous install.

John
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John Lewis

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Oct 2009, 23:19    Post_subject:  

So I have reinstalled puppy 4.30 to the usb stick using the universal installer.

The xorg worked this time round and after I ran the rtl8187se pet I was able to connect and problem solved.

Now the question is what happened.

Well previously I used the Bootflash Install Puppy to USB. When it was not recognized I added a USBFLASH file that didn't exist (Don't know if that's normal with Boot flash installer). This enabled puppy to be recognized and run. I can't see this making a difference but then again. Anyway it works with universal and the rtl8187se is confirmed as working without need to modprobe anything.

Now to be complete I guess I'll go back and try the Bootflash install again just to see if that was the problem.

Thanks again for the help micko and tempestuous.

John
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Sat 17 Oct 2009, 02:34    Post_subject:  

John Lewis wrote:
I tried modprobing both mac80211 and lib80211_crypt_wep as you asked. I got the message fatal error and not found in both cases.

Those two wifi modules are standard in Puppy 4.3. If they cannot be located, it confirms that your first attempt at a frugal installation was corrupt.

It's good to know that the rtl8187se driver is working.
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