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donde

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PostPosted: Mon 31 Jul 2006, 20:11    Post subject: Need wireless driver  

Running 2.02. I need a wireless driver for ZD1211, which is shown at bottom of list of drivers for 2.01.
I found linux driver tar file on Zydas site, but not sure what to do next.
http://www.zydas.com.tw/downloads/download-1211.asp
Can someone help?

Don
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PostPosted: Mon 31 Jul 2006, 21:17    Post subject:  

I compiled the zd1211 in 202. A script to load and unload the module is included, but I'm not sure about the interface name, so these scripts might not work. Anyway the module is there along with the user guide.
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PostPosted: Mon 31 Jul 2006, 21:58    Post subject:  

Thanks Kirk for effort. I sure appreciate it. I'll give it a try, and report back.
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PostPosted: Thu 03 Aug 2006, 21:49    Post subject: 2.02 compiling  

tempestuous,

Thanks for the great job with the drivers. It is unfortunate that they won't work with 2.02. In anticipation of future Kernel, module, etc. upgrades which will make recompiling drivers necessary, it might be best if everyone simply compiled whatever driver they need. However, since I don't have any experience in compiling drivers, could you point out the basic requirements to do the job? Basically, a quick pointer about how you did it with the linux-wlan-ng for example to make it work with the updated Puppy versions... this of course assuming that the whole process is relatively straightforward and quick.

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Aug 2006, 01:11    Post subject:  

From http://www.puppyos.com/test/ you need:
- development/compiler environment squashfs file, devx_202.sfs
- patched kernel source, linux-2.6.16.7-squashfs3.0patch.tar.gz

plus the kernel config file for 2.02. I think this will be found in Puppy 2.02 itself, in /lib/modules/2.6.16.7/

To compile the kernel source, see http://www.puppylinux.com/development/compilekernel.htm
Superquick howto:

Uncompress the kernel source into /usr/src/
Now put the 2.02 config file into /usr/src/linux-2.6.16.7/ and rename it to ".config"
Make sure that /usr/src/linux is a symbolic link to /usr/src/linux-2.6.16.7
Make sure that /lib/modules/2.6.16.7/build is a symbolic link to /usr/src/linux-2.6.16.7

cd /usr/src/linux-2.6.16.7
make menuconfig (Save changes > YES)
make modules

The other steps should not be necessary since the kernel is unchanged, you're just setting up the kernel source tree.

Regarding linux-wlan-ng-0.2.3, this won't compile under the 2.6.16 kernel until you apply this patch (I think I got it from the Gentoo forum) and even then, enable only the USB driver (and maybe PLX) driver because the PCMCIA driver will still fail.
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PostPosted: Fri 11 Aug 2006, 10:59    Post subject: ZD1211 (no B) 2.02 driver?  

Does anyone have a ZD1211 driver that will work with 2.02? The only one I have been able to find appears to support only ZD1211b, but not ZD1211?

Something like the excellent drivers by tempestuous mentioned at the start of this topic, i.e. -

http://www.dotpups.de/dotpups/Wifi/wireless-drivers/zd1211-r76.pup

perhaps based on the latest ZD1211 driver (r83?) Thanks!
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donde

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PostPosted: Mon 14 Aug 2006, 00:37    Post subject:  

Quote:
Does anyone have a ZD1211 driver that will work with 2.02? The only one I have been able to find appears to support only ZD1211b, but not ZD1211?


Looking at the ZyDAS site, it appears that the driver file name is the same for either zd1211 or zd1211b. And the file size looks the same. I think the modprobe chooses the correct branch, that is, modprobe zd1211 or modprobe zd1211b.
I'm using the AirLink AWLL3026 wireless adapter, but done so in 2.01r2. Went back from 2.02 because other issues. Wireless works good.

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PostPosted: Mon 14 Aug 2006, 09:29    Post subject:  

No, they're two separate modules.
By default, the zd1211 source builds the "zd1211" module. To build the "zd1211b" module you must modify the source Makefile at line 21 from "ZD1211REV_B=0" to "ZD1211REV_B=1". My driver packages for Puppy 2.0/2.01 included both module versions.
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PostPosted: Mon 14 Aug 2006, 12:55    Post subject:  

tempestuous


Quote:
No, they're two separate modules.


I stand corrected. I think you mentioned this before, but missed the point.

When you compile wireless drivers for Puppy 2.0/2.01, how is it different than just generally compiling the wireless drivers. And, I guess I'm asking what do you have to do to compile for 2.02. Also, I notice there is a WPA supplicant on the ZyDAS site. Can this be brought into Puppy?
I know these questions may sound dumb, but could you get me thinking? Thanks.

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PostPosted: Mon 14 Aug 2006, 17:37    Post subject: Re: Wireless driver packages for Puppy2  

tempestuous wrote:

Plus there are updated versions of drivers I earlier provided for Puppy 1.0.4-1.0.9 at http://mymirrors.homelinux.org/puppy/wireless/
- acx (TexasInstruments), adm8211, Hostap (Prism2/3), HostAP Daemon, ipw2100, ipw2200, linux-wlan-ng (Prism2/3 USB), MADWiFi (Atheros), Orinoco-with-rfmon-patch, Prism54, ralink-legacy, rt2x00 (Ralink), rtl8180-sa2400 (Realtek), zd1211 (Zydas), and wpa_supplicant.


I have an internally mounted NL-5354MP Plus Aries2(F) - 1.00
The chip is labeled Atheros AR5213A-00 A19911C 1804

The drivers are missing from this location and not on the 2.00, 2.01 location.

Other locations possible?

Thanks! doc

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Aug 2006, 10:12    Post subject:  

donde,
"drivers" is a loose Windows-esque term for what is, in Linux parlance, "modules".
Modules are kernel-specific. So when the kernel changes, all modules must change with it. Puppy 2.02 has the same kernel version as 2.0/2.01, but its kernel configuration is significantly different, so the modules are incompatible.

donde wrote:
I guess I'm asking what do you have to do to compile for 2.02

You need the compiling tools and the configured kernel source. See my post at the top of this page.

I have already provided wpa_supplicant as a dotpup at http://www.dotpups.de/dotpups/Wifi/wireless-drivers/. It's a "helper" utilty for various wifi drivers, and I see that the zd1211 driver is now (apparently) compatible.
You can use wpa_supplicant in ANY version of Puppy, since it's a utility, not a driver. I know it's confusing being amongst drivers, so I will ask Mark to re-organise the download directories.

edoc,
The Puppy 1.0.4-1.0.9 wifi drivers at http://mymirrors.homelinux.org/puppy/wireless/ were corrupted in June and have just been removed completely. I didn't think that there was a demand for these drivers any more.
But I'm organising alternative arrangements at the moment.
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PostPosted: Tue 15 Aug 2006, 10:31    Post subject:  

tempestuous wrote:

The Puppy 1.0.4-1.0.9 wifi drivers at http://mymirrors.homelinux.org/puppy/wireless/ were corrupted in June and have just been removed completely. I didn't think that there was a demand for these drivers any more.
But I'm organising alternative arrangements at the moment.


All is working now. Guess it executed so fast I didn't even see it!

Showed up when I powered back up this morning.

Thanks! doc

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Aug 2006, 13:21    Post subject:  

tempestuous wrote:

Quote:
I have already provided wpa_supplicant as a dotpup at http://www.dotpups.de/dotpups/Wifi/wireless-drivers/. It's a "helper" utilty for various wifi drivers, and I see that the zd1211 driver is now (apparently) compatible.


Thanks for making more clear about kernels, modules and drivers.

So, as I understand it, the WPA supplicant you show in your drivers list should work with my zd1211b, by following the readme?

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Aug 2006, 16:39    Post subject:  

We have renamed the folders on the server, to avoid confusion about different Puppyversions.

If you try to download a file, and it is not available, go here and search in the subfolders:

http://dotpups.de/dotpups/Wifi

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Aug 2006, 17:06    Post subject:  

MU wrote:
We have renamed the folders on the server, to avoid confusion about different Puppyversions.

If you try to download a file, and it is not available, go here and search in the subfolders:

http://dotpups.de/dotpups/Wifi

Mark


That is great news!!

Thanks! doc

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