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Wifi don't work at all on this notebook
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Mich-C

Joined: 08 Jul 2016
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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2016, 17:57    Post subject:  Wifi don't work at all on this notebook  

Hello guys! I wish I posted in the right section.
I have a notebook. A PackardBell EasyNote R1952.
Its wifi card is an Atheros AR5005GS.

I use Wary 5.5 and Racy 5.5 both.
I tryed to load all thr Atheros Wireless Driver that Puppy containes but I always have the same result "No new interfaces detected" ... Sad I only have the eth0...

I also downloaded the driver of my wifi card (win xp 32 bit) and used ndiswrapper. As other drivers it loads but it doesn' t work Sad

PLEASE can you help me? Puppy Linux is so good I don' t want to be disappointed by this distribution!!
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Atle

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Location: Oslo, Norway

PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2016, 18:17    Post subject:  

Welcome...

This might sound rude, but did you check if your Wifi is physically switched on either in the bios, at your computer keyboard or if present, small button somewhere in the front of the PC?

As for the post and if its right here or nor, the answer i think is not, but that is ok.

The proper place would probably be in here

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/index.php?f=2

I could not find much info on you laptop. Just in Italian(?)

So its hard to say how old or new it is. If its old, try an older puppy like lupu 5.2.8.7 or if its new, try a good fresh 64 bits like FatDog64...

Atle
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rcrsn51


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Location: Stratford, Ontario

PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2016, 18:21    Post subject:  

Trying other drivers doesn't work. Either your Puppy's kernel has the right driver or it doesn't.

Open a terminal and run the command: lspci -nnk.

Find the Network Controller section and identify the vendor:product ID codes for your adapter. They may be [168c:001a].

Is a kernel module being loaded, like ath5k? This is a fairly standard driver that should be in Wary/Racy.
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cthisbear

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Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2016, 20:51    Post subject:  

Nowhere on different countries do I see your model.

http://www.packardbell.com/pb/en/GB/content/download

I see it on some other sites.

:::::::

Is your wireless light on.
Packard Bell...shitbox support.

Document ID: 29534

Enable or Disable Wireless Networking

How do I enable or disable wireless networking?

You can enable or disable your wireless with a combination of keys on your keyboard, or with a dedicated wireless switch. On Packard Bell notebooks and netbooks, the following methods are used:

A dedicated button, located above the keyboard.
A toggle switch, located on the front or side of the device.
The FN and the key with the wireless icon on your keyboard. Usually, the key combination Fn + F2 is used.

Note from Chris...other sites mentioned >>toggling Fn + F1.

The wireless key can be identified with one of the following icons on or near it:

When you enable the wireless feature, either an LED on or near the button or toggle switch will turn on, or a symbol will show on your display.

On models with the sliding switch, the switch itself may return to its original position after the wireless feature is activated.
This is by design and does not mean that the wireless feature has
been disabled.

http://www.packardbell.com/pb/en/GB/content/online-support

Chris.
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Sat 09 Jul 2016, 17:59    Post subject:  

No reply? Another one-and-done community member?
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Atle

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PostPosted: Sat 09 Jul 2016, 18:08    Post subject:  

Looks like that... Or I might also guess that once he found the external Wifi button, it was to much to just admit that Smile
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Mich-C

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jul 2016, 10:39    Post subject:    

Hello guys!

Atle... I would be extremely stupid if I didn't see a Wi-Fi button on a PC I have been using for almost 10 years Very Happy

I'm Italian, from what I understand this Packard Bell notebook is called EasyNote "R1952" in Italy, but its real name should be "R4 Series R4622".
On Windows XP I turn on/off WiFi using the combination FN+F1, but it doesn't work on Puppy...
Windows "know" the keys combo for the WiFi, but how could Puppy know it? Smile


I tryed to Disable and Re-enable the WiFI card driver from Windows and I used FN+F1 on Puppy, but nothing...

Soon I will post the result of the command that rcrsn51 asked me!
... I forgot to say there is no led!
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bigpup


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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jul 2016, 13:43    Post subject:  

As my statement at the bottom says.
Now we have more info.
We have a better idea of what you have tried and do understand.
It will get figured out.
Stay with us and welcome to Puppy Land!!

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Burn_IT


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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jul 2016, 13:55    Post subject:  

I thought those function keys are hardware/firmware controlled not software.

Puppy needs to supply the correct drivers for the WIFI but it does not control the switching.
I don't know whether just restarting/re-enabling the device in Puppy will work

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Mich-C

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jul 2016, 16:04    Post subject:  

Burn_IT wrote:
I thought those function keys are hardware/firmware controlled not software.

Puppy needs to supply the correct drivers for the WIFI but it does not control the switching.
I don't know whether just restarting/re-enabling the device in Puppy will work

Sorry. What do you mean for restarting/ reenabling the device?
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Mich-C

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jul 2016, 16:10    Post subject:  

Atle wrote:
Welcome...

This might sound rude, but did you check if your Wifi is physically switched on either in the bios, at your computer keyboard or if present, small button somewhere in the front of the PC?

As for the post and if its right here or nor, the answer i think is not, but that is ok.

The proper place would probably be in here

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/index.php?f=2

I could not find much info on you laptop. Just in Italian(?)

So its hard to say how old or new it is. If its old, try an older puppy like lupu 5.2.8.7 or if its new, try a good fresh 64 bits like FatDog64...

Atle

Hi! I also have replyed to you in my second post (I didn't quote you sorry) so... I entered in the bios but I can find only basic options, I can't see any "way" here that allows to enable/disable PC components like the Wi-Fi card
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Mich-C

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jul 2016, 16:16    Post subject:  

At this point I think that maybe it's not a driver problem but a kernel one...

So my Pc has
---Intel Single Core 1.6 ghz / celeron M
---512 mb ram
---64 mb video card

What is the Puppy Distro that target this hardware in the best way?

Wary has older kernel, Racy has a newer one... but. none works Sad

What do you advice me?
I never heard about lupu and I can't find a link... and slacko instead?
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jul 2016, 16:24    Post subject:  

Jeez.

Two days ago, I asked you some important questions that would help to solve your problem. Now you have decided not to answer them.

Good luck.
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Philh

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Location: England

PostPosted: Mon 11 Jul 2016, 02:31    Post subject:  

I have to enable wireless on my netbook with the function key before puppy starts booting otherwise it wont be found.
I do it while the grub menu is on the screen.
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Mich-C

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Jul 2016, 08:27    Post subject:  

Philh wrote:
I have to enable wireless on my netbook with the function key before puppy starts booting otherwise it wont be found.
I do it while the grub menu is on the screen.

Thanks. I tryed like you do but it doesn't work for me altrough I can hear the sound that I hear when I press "fn+f1" on Windows.
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