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shockwave

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PostPosted: Sat 03 Feb 2007, 11:31    Post_subject:  Any internet connection wireless, ethernet, or wireless usb  

Hi,

Maybe this belongs in the Newbie section, but it is networking so I am posting it here. I recently found Puppy, and am trying to get it running on my NEC LaVie M LM50H/5. It is a Japanese computer if anyone is wondering. Everything boots up great on it, but I can't get it to connect to the internet. It has no built in card, but I have 3 options. None of which I can get to work. I would really appreciate the help.

The options

1. Wireless PCMCIA card. Buffalo Air Station WLI-CB-G54L

2. PCMCIA Logitec fast ethernet card

3. USB Linksys wireless b network adapter

If i can't get any of these to work i have no internet. I am very new at linux so very simple instructions would be great. I am really impressed with this distribution, and really want to get it working. I think it works faster than my two computers which have much more computing power.

Thanks so much
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caka

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PostPosted: Sat 03 Feb 2007, 13:32    Post_subject:  

Hello.

What version off Puppy do you have?. Maybe if you use the zdrv file, it would get running any wireless card.

The first that you must to do is to Know the chipset of your wireless cards. This web page could help you to know the chipset:

http://linux-wless.passys.nl/

Linux and Puppy have native drivers for a lot of wifi cards and in other case you must use ndiswraper.

If you don´t know the chipset see the output of the comand lspci in Puppy. And for the usb card use usbview.

Regards and sorry for my poor english
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shockwave

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PostPosted: Sun 04 Feb 2007, 00:05    Post_subject:  

Well it looks like the wireless card is using a Broadcom chipset according to that table, and is marked in yellow. meaning some of them are supported. How do i go about installing it. I have the windows driver, so should i try to install it through ndiswrapper? Where do i do that at? Thanks for all the help
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Sun 04 Feb 2007, 03:23    Post_subject:  

bcm43xx Linux driver for Broadcom chipsets is here http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=84670#84670
When Puppy 2.14 is released this driver will be included as standard http://www.puppyos.net/news/comments.php?y=07&m=02&entry=entry070203-172026

Just install the dotpup, reboot, and run the Network Wizard.
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PostPosted: Sun 04 Feb 2007, 08:35    Post_subject:  

Great. Thank you very much. Is there a way i can dl it to usb and then load it. If not then I guess I will have to wait for a new release since i can't connect to the internet with that computer. Any word on when the next release is expected?
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caka

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PostPosted: Sun 04 Feb 2007, 16:16    Post_subject:  

shockwave wrote:
Is there a way i can dl it to usb and then load it.


Is very easy. You can download the file to your USB. Then start Puppy and insert the USB.

Now you must start the program "Media Utility tool" (you have a icon in the desktop) and click in the button "mount" for your USB.

After that you will mount the USB and inmediatly will appear a ROX window and then you can see the files onto your USB.

Good luck
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shockwave

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PostPosted: Tue 06 Feb 2007, 05:35    Post_subject:  

Ok I dl and installed the package. Now what do I do to get the card to work. Right now it has no lights at all. Thanks once again for all the help.
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shockwave

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PostPosted: Tue 06 Feb 2007, 05:48    Post_subject:  

I am not sure if it matters or not, but if I click on the gpccard pcmcia monitor nothing happens. I don't know exactly what that does so i don't know if it matters
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caka

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PostPosted: Tue 06 Feb 2007, 17:59    Post_subject:  

Don´t worry if the lights are off.

You have to load the driver with te modprobe comand. Open a shell and write:

Code:
modprobe bcm43xx


To see if the driver is loaded you can use the comand lsmod.

And for see if the card is running write:

Code:
iwconfig


The card will appear like ethx or wlanx. I don´t use a broadcom chipset and I don´t know the name of the interface exactly.

Tell us if your wireless card appear and I tell you how to continue.

PD: did you read the readme file in the tempestuous Dotpup?. I have used some Dotpups made for tempestuous and always included a readme file with instructions and a model of script to conect.

Regards
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shockwave

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PostPosted: Tue 06 Feb 2007, 22:54    Post_subject:  

Than you for your help. I tried to put in the command, but got an error in return.
WARNING: Error inserting ieee80211softmac (lib/2.6.18.1/kernal/driver/net/wireless/bcm43xx.ko): Uknown symbol in module, or unkown parameter (see dmesg)
FATAL: Error inserting bcm43xx (/lib/modules/2.6.18.1/drivers/net/wireless/bcm43xx.ko): Unkown symbol in module or unknown parameter (see dmesg)


Any ideas?
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Feb 2007, 00:13    Post_subject:  

In the forum thread where you got the bcm43xx driver, look further down.
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=85411#85411
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shockwave

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Feb 2007, 00:39    Post_subject:  

You mean the rest of the modprobe commands a few replies down right. Since I have no internet connection with that computer where ca I load those files onto usb?

I really appreciate all the help
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shockwave

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Feb 2007, 00:42    Post_subject:  

It says below that those are already part of Puppy? When I tried the first one it said there was no file......
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caka

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Feb 2007, 04:25    Post_subject:  

Tempesteous say that you have to write this comands:

Code:
modprobe firmware_class
modprobe ieee80211
modprobe ieee80211softmac
modprobe bcm43xx


[quote="shockwave"]It says below that those are already part of Puppy?[quote]

Yes that files are included in Pupyy; but, what version of Puppy are you running?.

[quote="shockwave"]When I tried the first one it said there was no file.[quote]

Which of them? modprobe firmware_class?.

What version of Puppy do you have?. Do you have the zdrv file?.

Regards.
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shockwave

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Feb 2007, 07:02    Post_subject:  

I am running 2.13. It says i don't have any of them. That it can't find the file. What is the zdrv file, and how do I check for it?
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