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Wireless network card won't connect
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Scott99

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jan 2018, 12:34    Post subject:  Wireless network card won't connect
Subject description: My wireless network card works with Windows 7 but not Puppy 6.3
 

Hello again folks and thanks in advance for your guidance. I'm dual booting windows 7 and the most recent Puppy Linux on a Panasonic CF-29. Under windows I am able to connect to my wireless network using the built in wireless adapter, but when I attempt to connect using Puppy I can see my network, but can't establish a connection. This is the information I get using Barry's simple network program, eth1 wireless ipw2100 pci (Intel (R) Pro/Wireless 2100 Network Driver. If I am able to connect under windows than the wireless card should be wpa capable, right? I have a usb wireless adapter that works fine, but as this is an older machine I would rather not have my only usb port tied up if I can get the onboard adapter to work. Thanks, Scott
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ally


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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jan 2018, 12:41    Post subject:  

most recent puppy is insufficient, exact version...

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Scott99

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jan 2018, 13:16    Post subject:  

Slacko 6.3
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jafadmin

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jan 2018, 14:20    Post subject:  

If you can see the network you probably have the right driver. How does it fail? Does it refuse to authenticate?

It helps if we can see the failure error.
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watchdog

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jan 2018, 14:52    Post subject:  

Slacko 6.3 is known for having missing firmware issues. The first thing I would try is to load as fdrv.sfs a complete firmware sfs. Download linux_firmware_20180112.sfs from:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=820573#820573

Rename it as fdrv_slacko_6.3.0.sfs and move it in the folder of the frugal install. Reboot. Then try to connect.
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jan 2018, 15:31    Post subject:  

Slacko 6.3 got updated with bug fixes to Slacko 6.3.2.
Best to be using that version.
http://puppylinux.com/


Do not have the USB wireless adapter plugged in.
This makes the internal wireless the only thing that is seen by the boot process.

Do this after a fresh boot up with no USB wireless adapter plugged it.

menu->Setup->Internet Connection Wizard->Wired or wireless LAN->Network Wizard

Network Wizard wireless connection steps.

1. Select Network Wizard
2. Select wlan0 (your network card may have a different description)
3. Select Wireless in the Configure wireless network box.
4. Select Scan and your ESSID should come up.
5. Select your ESSID and OK
6. Give a name to your profile. It should already be what you selected in step 5.
7. Most people use WPA/TKIP - select it or WPA2.
8. A box will open for you to write the WPA password. It is called a Shared Key. Enter the password.
9. Leave the other boxes as they are. Rarely do these need adjustment.
9. Select Save
10. Select Use This Profile
11. A box will appear showing Puppy trying to connect
12. A box will come up “REPORT ON TEST 0f wlan0 CONNECTION”
13. Select Auto DHCP in the Configure interface box and it will go through a handshake routine. and declare itself successful
14. Select done

If something does not work.
What step?
You do what?
You see what?


Also make sure your system's time zone setting is correct - if not, many website's certificates then act as if they are expired, and the webpage won't display.

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jan 2018, 19:46    Post subject:  

O.K. I've update to Slacko 6.3.2. I followed the 14 steps outlined above. I was still unable to connect. I've attached two screenshots. Thanks, Scott
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jan 2018, 19:48    Post subject:  

step 12 report on test, failed to connect
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bigpup


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PostPosted: Sat 13 Jan 2018, 03:41    Post subject:  

Sorry, I have to ask.
Are you sure you are selecting your wireless signal when you do the scan and not some other wireless signal in the area?

Are you sure you are putting in the correct password to connect to whatever is providing the wireless signal?
This is case sensitive!

The wpa setting can also be an issue.
Make sure you are using one that is known to work.
Try wep.

If you get to step 12 OK.
If you are trying to connect to the correct wireless signal.
The password is not correct or the wpa setting.

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PostPosted: Sat 13 Jan 2018, 09:21    Post subject:  

I'm selecting my wireless network from the ones that appear when I scan. I am able to connect using the exact same network and password when I use the usb network adapter. I know that the builtin wireless card works because I can connect when I'm using windows 7. When I use the usb adapter wpa works just fine.
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norgo


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PostPosted: Sat 13 Jan 2018, 23:44    Post subject:  

Hi Scott,

I had a look into the manual of the Panasonic CF-29 today.
It should built-in a Intel PRO/Wireless 2915 AGB there.

If so the right kernel module should be ipw2200
To be sure what really is insite please open a terminal and type:

Code:
#lspci -nnk | grep -i net -A2 > vendor_device.txt


to get the vendor and device id of your wifi card.
After that please type:

Code:
#/sbin/modinfo ipw2100 > ipw2100_info.txt
#/sbin/modinfo ipw2200 > ipw2200_info.txt


sometimes two modules are matching to the same hardware.
If so it's possible to define which module should be used.
Such a rule is already existing (see Module preference-list manager) and says that ipw2100 is to use in case that both ipw2100 and ipw2200 are matching.

I don't know whether this is the reason or not, it's only a possibility.
And here my latest question. What wifi channel you are using ?

please attach the three text files ( to find in your home directory ) to your next post.
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Sailor Enceladus

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PostPosted: Sun 14 Jan 2018, 00:42    Post subject:  

My laptop uses ipw2200 driver too. Slacko 6.3.x 32-bit kernel 3.14.55 has it in /lib/firmware, 64-bit does not iirc.
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Jan 2018, 01:55    Post subject:  

Just to see what happens.

For encryption.
Have you tried to use WEP?
Have you tried to use open?

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PostPosted: Sun 14 Jan 2018, 01:58    Post subject:  

Sailor Enceladus wrote:
My laptop uses ipw2200 driver too. Slacko 6.3.x 32-bit kernel 3.14.55 has it in /lib/firmware, 64-bit does not iirc.

What encryption setting are you using?
wep, wpa, wpa2, open?

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PostPosted: Sun 14 Jan 2018, 10:03    Post subject:  

bigpup wrote:
Sailor Enceladus wrote:
My laptop uses ipw2200 driver too. Slacko 6.3.x 32-bit kernel 3.14.55 has it in /lib/firmware, 64-bit does not iirc.

What encryption setting are you using?
wep, wpa, wpa2, open?

Hi bigpup,

I use wpa... wpa2 when the option is available Smile

@Scott99: There is a newer slacko 6.9.9.9 but it's categorized as somewhere between beta and final:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=110510
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