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Linksys PCI wireless adapter not reconized
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LoloftheRings

Joined: 17 Jul 2008
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PostPosted: Sun 07 Sep 2008, 05:31    Post subject:  Linksys PCI wireless adapter not reconized  

Hello,

I have this very old computer, I guess it's about 15 years old. After fixing ram and hard drive, it worked perfectly with puppy linux (just a bit slow)

Now, I would love to have internet on my old pc. I bought a Linksys wireless G PCI Adapter, plugged it onto a PCI slot and booted Linux. It didnt really seemed to reconize it. I also tried the Network Wizard under System but no drivers were for Linksys.

I have the newest Puppy version (full install)
The wireless network is protected with WEP encryption.

Can I download the right driver somewhere?

I got this adapter: http://www-nl.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2&childpagename=NL/Layout&cid=1148435446177&pagename=Linksys/Common/VisitorWrapper&lid=4617773642B26

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LoloftheRings

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PostPosted: Sun 07 Sep 2008, 11:30    Post subject:  

Just tried all wireless PCI drivers in the network setup, none gave results..
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ieee488

Joined: 03 Sep 2007
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PostPosted: Sun 07 Sep 2008, 20:57    Post subject:  

Which model?

When it comes to wireless cards the CHIPSET is all important.

Before purchasing, the thing to do is to Google on the card and Linux.
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tempestuous

Joined: 10 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Mon 08 Sep 2008, 03:09    Post subject:  

There are several different variants of the Linksys WMP54G -
http://linux-wless.passys.nl/query_part.php?brandname=Linksys
The correct driver will depend on which chipset you have. The only way to know for sure is to run this command -
Code:
lspci -n

and post the results here.
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LoloftheRings

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PostPosted: Mon 08 Sep 2008, 12:25    Post subject:  

Absolutely no idea what this (please, spare me of the technical details) is all about but ok :p

00:00.0 Class 0600: 8086:7100 (rev 01)
00:07.0 Class 0601: 8068:7110 (rev 01)
00:07.1 Class 0101: 8086:7111 (rev 01)
00:07.2 Class 0c03: 8086:7112 (rev 01)
00:07.3 Class 0680: 8086:7113 (rev 01)
00:09.0 Class 0300: 100c:3208 (rev 70)
00:0b.0 Class 0280: 1814:0301

I hope I typed it all right.. I cannot copy it since I don't have any communication between this computer and my puppy. No usb hubs and no internet connection.
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Mon 08 Sep 2008, 20:17    Post subject:  

There is no wifi device listed, so I'm guessing you have a PCMCIA device, and there's a problem with the PCMCIA interface.
If so, first do run this command to see if the yenta_socket (Cardbus) driver is loaded -
Code:
lsmod

If it's not listed, then load it manually -
Code:
modprobe yenta_socket

If it's already listed, then the interface probably needs to be reinitialised. See here for instructions -
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=31707#31707
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Tue 09 Sep 2008, 09:53    Post subject:  

Oops, I see that your wifi adaptor is PCI. This device is not being recognised.
If you run the "dmesg" command you should see some clues about why the device is not responding.
I suggest you check your bios for any strange settings. If you see a setting for "PnP OS" set it for "NO".

Alternatively boot Puppy with the "pci=biosirq" boot parameter. And because your computer is pre-AGP era you should definitely be booting it with "acpi=off".
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LoloftheRings

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PostPosted: Tue 09 Sep 2008, 11:15    Post subject:  

boot options can be edited in the GRUB loader config file, right?
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LoloftheRings

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PostPosted: Tue 09 Sep 2008, 12:39    Post subject:  

I changed boot setting and checked the bios setup, still not working. I do have a cd with a windows driver (.inf) on it. Somehow, I'm not able to mount the cd Sad
I checked the cd on this pc and with the inf, there is also a .cab and a .sys file. If I manage to mount the cd, how should I load the inf?

Couldn't find anything strange while running the dmesg command. I expecially searched for PCI stuff. On of them said something like: PCI - probing...
maybe this is useful?
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