Joined: 16 Aug 2009 Posts: 733 Location: Ann Arbor MI USA
Posted: Tue 26 Apr 2016, 14:36 Post subject:
prism2_usb based device works lupu 5.2.5 not tahr puppy Subject description: MN-510 Microsoft USB device
This is a Windows-98 era external wifi device with a long white USB cable, and the card in a silvery box with antenna.
WEP but not WPA encryption. I want to use it with my Acer Aspire One zg5 netbook from 2008 because the internal wifi failed.
Replacing it requires taking the netbook entirely apart. (I did this to add RAM and it took three
tries to get it together again with keyboard and mouse working). Also the wireless switch is most likely the
problem not the card itself. No light. Other ACERS have had failed switches. I don't know how to fix it to be
always on instead of always off. Or maybe the slot itself failed, which they often do when they get too warm.
This came from a friend (with accidental BIOS password but also lots of internal dust).
It is detected and the driver loaded in Tahr 6.0.5 but it finds no networks.
It is working perfectly in Lupu 5.2.5 in another laptop (from 2001). Lupu 5.2.5 also works with orinoco_cs
(with a small edit to one file) where 5.2.8 does not.
Presumably this is a software problem. For puppies 2-4 people needed to run a special setup script because
network wizard did not handle this chip. The script came with the driver for a specific kernel.
I installed Slacko 5.7 on the netbook but have not tried it with the device, because I want to
use the netbook in bed to watch netflix, and Slacko will not do netflix, which requires a recent Google Chrome.
My post-2004 rigid USB wifi card could easily break when used in bed.
Other puppies that I tried on here either won't boot (Pulp 4.1.2-based, Lupu 188.8.131.52), kernel panic (boxpuppeee),
have no sound (Wary 5.5), or bark continuously (puppeee 514).
XP that came on here stopped working. There are Windows XP and 7 drivers for the device.
How might I get prism2_usb working with tahr? Should I try to figure out the script for puppy 4.3?
My temporary solution is a long network cable plugged into onboard ethernet port.
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