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Wireless on a Compaq Armada evo N150
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neverwin

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PostPosted: Thu 07 May 2009, 06:39    Post subject:  Wireless on a Compaq Armada evo N150  

Hello and thank you for Puppy!
I've been helping someone to fix her old laptop and after numerous attempts to instal a new os, puppy was the only one that worked. The only thing left now is the internet connection but i find it very hard to configure the hardware.
No wireless networks appear when i search so I proceed to picking a driver for the NIC from the superlong list. Here I have no idea what to do since none of these descriptions fit the specs on the manufacturers homepage perfectly. I've tried a couple of drivers but i keep getting a message saying no new interfaces were found (or something similar).

It's a notbook PC previously running ME.
Compaq Armada evo N150
Ir-sensor on the back.
The hardware guide on HP says its got a "Mini PCI card" under network devices.

I've tried the autoprobe function with no luck. What to do next?
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Thu 07 May 2009, 09:29    Post subject:  

First, you should ALWAYS reveal the version of Puppy you are using when asking for help.

Check your bios. The wifi device may need to be enabled.
A Google search does not give a clear idea of the details of your wifi device (although I suspect it may be Intel) so you first need to accurately identify the wifi device by running this command -
Code:
lspci -n

and post your results here.
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neverwin

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PostPosted: Fri 08 May 2009, 15:38    Post subject: ok  

Embarassed I'll check back with the proper details after the weekend, thanks for the reply. Have a good one!
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neverwin

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PostPosted: Wed 13 May 2009, 05:18    Post subject:  

Ok.
Version of PuppyLinux is 4.20
Running lspci -n in the terminal returns:

00:00.0 Class 0600: 1106:0601 (rev 05)
00:01.0 Class 0604: 1106:8601
00:07.0 Class 0601: 1106:0686 (rev 22)
00:07.1 Class 0101: 1106:0571 (rev 10)
00:07.2 Class 0c03: 1106:3038 (rev 10)
00:07.4 Class 0680: 1106:3057 (rev 30)
00:07.5 Class 0401: 1106:3058 (rev 20)
00:09.0 Class 0200: 8086:1229 (rev 09)
00:09.1 Class 0700: 11c1:045c
00:0a.0 Class 0607: 104c:ac51
00:0a.1 Class 0607: 104c:ac51
01:00.0 Class 0300: 1023:8520 (rev 6a)

I looked thru the BIOS menu but couldn't find an option for wireless.
PS. Yes it's an Intel card
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Wed 13 May 2009, 07:49    Post subject:  

Well you can't blame Puppy for not detecting your wifi device - there's no wifi device in that list!
Are you sure the laptop was provided with a miniPCI wifi device? Did you have wifi under Windows ME? I must say that inbuilt wifi devices were not common on laptops of that era.

neverwin wrote:
The hardware guide on HP says its got a "Mini PCI card" under network devices.

That network device might be LAN, not wifi.
On Google I found a miniPCI modem / lan combo card for the evo N150 -
http://www.laptopking.com/partpicture_LK.asp?ref=1992&category=boards
That information certainly agrees with your two device ID's 8086:1229 = Intel Ethernet Pro 100 and 11c1:045c = Lucent winmodem.
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neverwin

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PostPosted: Wed 13 May 2009, 13:27    Post subject:  

She might have been using an adapter of some sort. I'll be back...
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Thu 21 May 2009, 06:22    Post subject:  

neverwin wrote:
I'll be back...

Mmmm.
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Béèm


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PostPosted: Thu 21 May 2009, 07:58    Post subject:  

There is an ethernet device, but no WiFi device.

@tempestuous,
I remember someone (you?) posted a link to update the description of devices corresponding to the lspci output.
The one in puppy wasn't very complete then.
This updated file had to be put in puppy somewhere and when doing lspci description/manufacturer were listed in a more human readable format.
You remember?

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PostPosted: Thu 21 May 2009, 08:18    Post subject:  

I think that was Dougal. He's not around these days.
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PostPosted: Thu 21 May 2009, 16:59    Post subject:  

Thanks tempestuous. It could well be him He was busy also with detection mechanisms. A pity he isn't around these days.
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PostPosted: Thu 21 May 2009, 17:21    Post subject:  

Hmmm again Google is a friend.
In no time I found the file is called pci.ids.
I found it on alpha 6 and it has 10.000+ lines.
So pretty complete I think.
Usage lspci -mm for description lspci -k for module loaded.

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