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Identifying the chipset in your wireless card.
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Aug 2006, 15:24    Post_subject:  Identifying the chipset in your wireless card.  

To use a linux driver with your wireless card, the first step is to find out what chipset it uses. Go to the linked page below and choose the manufacturer of your wireless card, then click show. After you find the chipset of your card, you can search the form for a driver or compile one your self.

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Aug 2006, 15:54    Post_subject:  

Thanks for this post. It's really very useful.

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PostPosted: Mon 18 Feb 2008, 14:22    Post_subject: card identification in the console  

For a pcmcia cards you can get information on the chip by opening the console and typing "cardctl ident " at the command prompt, then press enter. This will help identify the correct driver to load in Puppy's connection wizard. e.g.


 # cardctl ident
Socket 0:
  no product info available
Socket 1:
  product info: "Realtek", "Rtl8139"
  manfid: 0x0000, 0x024c
  function: 6 (network)

Pay attention to the line which has "manfid: 0x0000, 0x024c' on it as you can use this string to search the net find the chip should the line with the product info be incorrect. My pcmcia card identified the chip as "Rtl8139" which was not actually correct. I had help from Tempestuous who pointed out this discrepancy and identified the correct driver to use. I needed to use the "r8180" driver listed in the wireless wizard to get a working connection.

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Mar 2008, 08:57    Post_subject:  

I suspect that table could be wrong sometimes, because many times the manufacturer changes the specs but maintain the same model number.

I'll give you my example: I have an Allied Telesyn WCL007 wifi card. According to that site, it should use the hostap driver, but in fact the only driver I could get it to work with was the bcm43xx (which puppy in fact autodetects).

Unfortunately I can't physically check the chip on the card since it has a big metal box covering almost everything.

Just my two cents...
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