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Enable Cisco Aironet 802.11 a/b/g PCMCIA wireless - Wary 5.3
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VictorVictor5

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Feb 2013, 20:07    Post subject:  Enable Cisco Aironet 802.11 a/b/g PCMCIA wireless - Wary 5.3  

Greetings all,

I have a Gateway Solo 9100 that I am trying to customize Puppy on (still tinkering with Wary and Retro Precise).

Just received a Cisco Aironet 802.11 a/b/g PCMCIA card (part number AIR-CB21AG-A-K9). I plugged the card in to the slot, and nothing happens at all.

Now, I just received the card yesterday and I am stumped. I know my PCMCIA slots work (I have 2), as I have a modem that works on both of these slots without any problems (and tested it in Puppy). My system does meet at least the minimum requirements that Cisco needs (32-bit Cardbus slot - check! - 300 MHz processor - I have 400 MHz, they need 128 MB RAM, I have 384 MB, and a ton of HDD space).

I know Puppy Wary 5.3 can load the "driver" for this in the connect utility. I've seen it. And when I loaded it, nothing happens.

I've checked everywhere, even in BIOS to see if there is some power management settings I could change - nothing.

Is there a type of - pardon the Windows reference - "Device Manager" I can check?

I also tried the card in another laptop (Dell Inspiron 2200 running XP SP3) - works fine.


Any ideas???

Thanks!
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rokytnji


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PostPosted: Sun 24 Feb 2013, 11:50    Post subject:  

Read this at Newegg selling that part number you listed

Quote:
Pros: I needed to find a newer PCMCIA card for an older laptop in order to connect to a WPA2 encrypted network, and this gets the job done nicely. (May need latest drivers for WPA2 support, see cons)

Works great with CentOS 6.2 Linux - kernel has driver pre-installed

Site Survey Utility for Windows works well

Compatible with rare 802.11 "a" networks

Cons: Cisco won't let you download drivers unless you have a service contract with them; buying the hardware is not sufficient reason to have drivers in their eyes. The driver disk in the retail box is pretty old (v2.1). I had to download the latest Windows driver (v4.5) from an offshore "repository".

Other Thoughts: These cards were sold in bulk to hospitals, schools, etc. Thus, there is a glut of them on the secondary market now and new ones can be found for a fraction of original price.


So next question I guess is what Puppy version are you running?
What does lscpi show?
What does uname -r show.

Your thread title threw me off. I would change it to

Quote:
Enable Cisco Aironet 802.11 a/b/g PCMCIA wireless in (your puppy version goes here)



http://linux.bigresource.com/Ubuntu-Cisco-Aironet-PCMCIA-AIR-CB21AG-A-K9-wireless-adapter-driver-P1JDwpS29.html
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VictorVictor5

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PostPosted: Sun 24 Feb 2013, 13:04    Post subject:  

rokytnji,

Thanks for the response - title changed per your suggestion. I'm using Wary 5.3.


lspci and uname -r are shown as a screen shot. Also, shown in the screen shot is the Load a network module, where the Cisco module is highlighted (gray).

Please let me know if you have any more ideas. Like I said my PCMCIA modem works fine.

Thanks!
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rokytnji


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PostPosted: Sun 24 Feb 2013, 14:50    Post subject:  

Menu > System > HardInfo

Menu>System>Pupscan

Make sure the cisco card is plugged in during bootup. Those areas above should show more info on your card like what wireless chip it uses.
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VictorVictor5

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PostPosted: Sun 24 Feb 2013, 15:15    Post subject:  

Thanks for the response - I'm still a noob at this. Sorry if I'm not understanding you correctly. Maybe there's a power setting that can be adjusted - maybe the PCMCIA slot isn't getting enough power? It does work in another laptop running WinXP.

I take it this is what you mean below (I hope). FYI, I did have the card in during boot up.

In HardInfo, under PCI devices, I attached a screen shot.


AS far as pupscan goes under "yenta_socket" - this is what's showing:

Code:

filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.32.59/initrd/kernel/drivers/pcmcia/yenta_socket.ko
license:        GPL
alias:          pci:v*d*sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001217d*sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001179d00000617sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001179d0000060Fsv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001179d0000060Asv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001180d00000478sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001180d00000476sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001180d00000475sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001180d00000466sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001180d00000465sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001524d00001420sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001524d00001410sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001524d00001225sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001524d00001211sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001524d00001422sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001524d00001421sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001524d00001412sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v00001524d00001411sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC48sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC47sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC49sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC8Dsv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC8Esv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd00008039sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd00008036sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd00008031sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC50sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC16sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC46sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC44sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC42sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd00008011sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC41sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC54sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC55sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC56sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC52sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC1Bsv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC51sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC1Fsv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC1Dsv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC1Csv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC19sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC17sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC1Esv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC15sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC12sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC1Asv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
alias:          pci:v0000104Cd0000AC13sv*sd*bc06sc07i00*
depends:        rsrc_nonstatic
vermagic:       2.6.32.59 mod_unload modversions 486
parm:           disable_clkrun:If PC card doesn't function properly, please try this option (bool)
parm:           isa_probe:If set ISA interrupts are probed (default). Set to N to disable probing (bool)
parm:           pwr_irqs_off:Force IRQs off during power-on of slot. Use only when seeing IRQ storms! (bool)
parm:           override_bios:yenta ignore bios resource allocation (uint)
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rokytnji


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PostPosted: Sun 24 Feb 2013, 16:56    Post subject:  

My bad I guess getting you not to understand what screenshot should give.

This is my Belkin F5D7010 .ver 6 pcmcia card . PupScan is what you need to look at for wireless chip.

Code:

DESCRIPTION: RaLink RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI
VENDOR: 1814  DEVICE: 0301  KERNEL MODULE: rt61pci


That is my pcmcia card. Screeny by what I mean below.
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VictorVictor5

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PostPosted: Sun 24 Feb 2013, 17:07    Post subject:  

No problem.

Will I still be able to tell modules if I am booting from Live CD?

I can post that. While I am waiting for a response I will reboot.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun 24 Feb 2013, 17:13    Post subject:  

Quote:
Will I still be able to tell modules if I am booting from Live CD?


Yeah you should. The kernel should pick up the card at least. It might be even loading the driver by default running live.
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PostPosted: Sun 24 Feb 2013, 17:14    Post subject:  

Did, but I don't see anything about a wireless card on anything. Standby - I'm going to send two screen shots on the next post.
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PostPosted: Sun 24 Feb 2013, 17:24    Post subject:  

Ok, I'll just cut and paste here. Please let me know if you have any other ideas (both my modem and CIsco PCMCIA card are plugged in, and Puppy can detect the modem via PupDial). Using PupScan, when I hit PCI interfaces I get:

Code:

DESCRIPTION: Host bridge: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (AGP disabled)
VENDOR: 8086  DEVICE: 7192

DESCRIPTION: VGA compatible controller: Trident Microsystems Cyber 9397
VENDOR: 1023  DEVICE: 9397

DESCRIPTION: Multimedia video controller: C-Cube Microsystems Device
VENDOR: 123f  DEVICE: 6120

DESCRIPTION: Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA
VENDOR: 8086  DEVICE: 7110

DESCRIPTION: IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE
VENDOR: 8086  DEVICE: 7111
KERNEL DRIVER (builtin): ata_piix

DESCRIPTION: USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB
VENDOR: 8086  DEVICE: 7112
KERNEL DRIVER (builtin): uhci_hcd

DESCRIPTION: Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI
VENDOR: 8086  DEVICE: 7113
KERNEL DRIVER (builtin): piix4_smbus
KERNEL MODULE: i2c-piix4

DESCRIPTION: CardBus bridge: Cirrus Logic PD 6832 PCMCIA/CardBus Ctrlr
VENDOR: 1013  DEVICE: 1110
KERNEL DRIVER (builtin): yenta_cardbus
KERNEL MODULE: yenta_socket

DESCRIPTION: CardBus bridge: Cirrus Logic PD 6832 PCMCIA/CardBus Ctrlr
VENDOR: 1013  DEVICE: 1110
KERNEL DRIVER (builtin): yenta_cardbus
KERNEL MODULE: yenta_socket


When I hit USB interfaces, I get:

Code:

Manufacturer=Linux 2.6.32.59 uhci_hcd
Product=UHCI Host Controller
SerialNumber=0000:00:07.2
VendorID=1d6b  ProductID=0001  KERNEL-DRIVER(builtin)=hub

Manufacturer=NETGEAR
Product=NETGEAR FA120 Adapter
VendorID=0846  ProductID=1040  KERNEL-MODULE=asix

Product=USB Hub
VendorID=05e3  ProductID=0604  KERNEL-DRIVER(builtin)=hub

Manufacturer=CHESEN
Product=PS2 to USB Converter
VendorID=0a81  ProductID=0205  KERNEL-DRIVER(builtin)=usbhid
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PostPosted: Sun 24 Feb 2013, 17:38    Post subject:  

Your pcmcia card is not showing up. Maybe it is not seating correctly, Try the other slot. Through the whole thread. I did not want to mention that I was not seeing any pcmcia card plugged in. I figured I would make sure first you were
inserting it before powering up and booting into wary.

I don't have any experience with wary. I do know if you want to download modules. You will probably have to hook up a etherent cable to get the module to load. But once a module loads. A reboot is sometimes required for
it to take. Running Live. Without a save file. You lose that module loaded
after a reboot. I hope you understand me,

I gotta go for awhile. Hopefully someone else with this card you have can chime in on this thread.

Happy Trails and Good luck with it, Rok
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PostPosted: Sun 24 Feb 2013, 22:51    Post subject:  

Ok,

There is no power going to the card - I will start a new thread.
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