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PCMCIA wireless GL242201 - cant detect/install card
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Feb 2007, 20:33    Post subject:  PCMCIA wireless GL242201 - cant detect/install card
Subject description: can't install / detect card


im trying to install my pcmcia wireless network card in puppy 2.13

I've tried probing all network drivers using the wizard included in 'puppy-2.13-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso' ; but no drivers detect any 'activity'... I used auto option, loaded/unloaded every driver included...
(might be nice if it could auto unload drivers that didnt detect activity instead of 100x unload, next,next , load, unload, next,next, load , unload, next,... though still easier then manual editing files... )

also, The green led on the PCMCIA card that lights up in winXP when it detects the card, dont light up in puppy Sad ; so I dont know wether the card is even 'inserted' ... I did try playing around with 'cardctl eject/insert' in console but that didnt change much...

So I dont even get to the network settings, my card just doesnt seems to detect/insert/mount...

btw, I installed puppy on HD, by booting livecd , then saving settings on first shut down, then booting through custom grub ...

my specs :

laptop hardware :
sony vaio pcg-c1vpk 600hz picturebook
128mb RAM ; 8mb for gfx

wireless :
PCMCIA '22 Mbps' ; IEEE 802.11b+
Model No : GL242201-0T
There's no brand on the card, so it should be quite cheap/generetic...
I 'think' its a Texas Instruments chip , and/or ACX100 , whatever that might mean... I just googled GL242201. TI and acx100 were recurring keywords, dont know if it makes sense...
I do know about 'http://acx100.sourceforge.net/' , but I don't understand any of the install instructions... Embarassed Not even sure thats what I need...

this is the info from included .pdf with winXP driver :
(when trying to load the winxp drivers in puppy, it barfs the .inf is invalid...)
Standard : 802.11b compliant (wireless)
Data Rate : 1 / 2 / 5.5 / 11 / 22 Mbps
Emission Type :Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS)
Data Modulation :
1 Mbps – BPSK
2 Mbps – QPSK
5.5 / 11 Mbps – CCK
5.5 / 11 / 22 Mbps - PBCC
RF Frequency :
2400 MHz – 2497 MHz (Japan)
2400 MHz – 2483.5 MHz (North America, Europe)
2446.5 MHz – 2483.5 MHz (France)
Operating Channel :
11 Channels (North America)
13 Channels (Europe)
14 Channels (Japan)
RF Output Power : 16 ~ 18 dBm (typical)
Sensitivity :
22MHz PBCC -80 dBm (Typically @25?+5?)
11MHz PBCC - 85 dBm (Typically @25?+5?)
11MHz CCK - 82 dBm (Typically @25?+5?)
Security : Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) 64 / 128 / 256 bit
Antenna Type : Diversity Patch with 2.0 dBi max. Antenna Gain.
Interface : PC CardBus, PC Card Standard v7.2
Dimension : 128.0 x 54.0 x 50.0 mm
Memory : 8Kbytes EEPROM 5%
Power Voltage : 3.3V +
Power Consumption Operation max. :
650 mA by TX
350 mA by RX

Hope I posted enough info and in right forum... Confused
(I did try search forum/google... Rolling Eyes )

Pls help ... Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Feb 2007, 16:25    Post subject: chip & drivers  

Hi Tito,

first you should identify your chipset, just go to your device manager in XP and see the name of the driver file used for your wireless,

then google it and will find the chipset.

nice explanation of the link between driver name and chipset is here:


If the drivers are in the puppy just use the wizzard otherwise
go here and find the latest drivers if they are missing from puppy distro:


then install them, and Add the following to /etc/rc.d/rc.local

# load your wireless driver
modprobe [yourdrivernamehere]
ifconfig wlan0 up
# we check is it ok
# ifconfig -a
#continue to set up the wireless network manually -
iwconfig wlan0 essid [yourrouteridhere] mode Managed key s:[asciikeyhere]
## for automatic IP
## first remove stale dhcpcd file if it exists
rm /etc/dhcpc/*.pid
dhcpcd -t 30 -h puppypc -d wlan0

hopefully after reboot you should have wireless Smile
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