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How to use wireless in Compaq CQ58?
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snowy


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PostPosted: Sun 09 Jun 2013, 05:43    Post subject:  How to use wireless in Compaq CQ58?
Subject description: Neither Lucid nor Precise make it work
 

I have been running Puppy for years on my Esprimo laptop, but I have swapped it for a new Compaq CQ58 and I can't get it to connect to my wireless network.

I plugged in my stick and Lucid Puppy loaded but I couldn't get wireless. I then loaded the latest Precise (forget the version number) onto a CD and that is what I am working with now.

I ran network Wizard, but it won't find my driver and a few random attempts failed so I decided to try ndis wrapper. I've never done this before. I didn't know where to look for the .INF file, and Search didn't bring up anything. So I went into Windows 8 and searched for .INF. I found nothing there either.

Very grateful for any help to get Puppy working and on line.
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butchydave


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PostPosted: Sun 09 Jun 2013, 09:08    Post subject: Wireless Issue  

Snowy- Have you tried Frisbee? I have had luck with that when others have not worked. Sometimes I have had to make a save file and then reboot several times before it decided to work. Good Luck!
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watchdog

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PostPosted: Sun 09 Jun 2013, 09:09    Post subject: Re: How to use wireless in Compaq CQ58?
Subject description: Neither Lucid nor Precise make it work
 

From:

http://h20180.www2.hp.com/apps/Nav?h_pagetype=s-001&h_lang=it&h_cc=it&h_product=5259203&h_client=s-s-r2515-1&h_page=hpcom&lang=it&cc=it

you can download the drivers of your compaq (in my language). I did it for compaq-cq58-100sl and downloaded the driver for atheros wireless in windows 8 32 bit. With peazip I extracted the inf file and sys file:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9iMb4UZBeFkaUhlWEl4djl2NDA/edit?usp=sharing

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9iMb4UZBeFkVTNmMDBwLUloZTg/edit?usp=sharing

Put those two files in a dir and try to run ndiswrapper driver with the inf file in the dir. I don't know if it will work because I used ndiswrapper with xp drivers and I am not sure if it works with windows 8 drivers, too.

EDIT: I confirm, you can't use ndiswrapper because you need the wireless xp driver. The wireless xp driver is not included in hp site and probably it does not exist.
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dk60902


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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jun 2013, 01:37    Post subject:  

Do you think Slacko 5.5 might work?

Another alternative is that the wireless cards are generally easy to replace. Perhaps an intel card bought off of ebay may work as intel wireless cards have better support on puppy. I looked up the Compaq CQ58, and it looks like it may be a mini pci half sized card. On ebay, there are some fairly reasonably priced intel cards under $20.

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cthisbear

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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jun 2013, 02:06    Post subject:  

" My wireless adapter is

Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter "

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2103062

"""""""""""

Or is it Ralink Radio Model RT5390

http://askubuntu.com/questions/251135/wifi-is-not-working-after-i-downloaded-ubuntu-12-04-on-my-compaq-cq58

Chris
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snowy


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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jun 2013, 06:06    Post subject:  

First, thanks to all who replied. I'll answer everyone in a single post.

Although I'm not a newcomer to Linux, neither am I particularly knowledgeable on the technical side, or even that interested. I'm primarily a user.

I haven't tried Frisbee. I don't know what it is.

I haven't tried Slacko. Do you think it might find wireless cards that other versions of Puppy don't find?

I liked Puppy on my previous machine but I'm not into changing my wireless card to be able to use it.

Following some advice I found by googling, I found that my card is a Ralink. I don't recall the identifying number. I did try to connect selecting Ralink cards, but it didn't work.

Linux Mint 14 found my card and network automatically.
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watchdog

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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jun 2013, 09:31    Post subject:  

snowy wrote:

I haven't tried Slacko. Do you think it might find wireless cards that other versions of Puppy don't find?



Slacko 5.5 has a kernel of the same series as precise. If precise fails to recognize your wifi I think there is no reason to try slacko.

snowy wrote:

Following some advice I found by googling, I found that my card is a Ralink. I don't recall the identifying number. I did try to connect selecting Ralink cards, but it didn't work.



Run in console:

Code:
lspci


and identify your wifi card. Then proceed by googling.
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snowy


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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jun 2013, 11:51    Post subject:  

watchdog wrote:

Run in console:

Code:
lspci


and identify your wifi card. Then proceed by googling.


Results were:
Code:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev c4)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM75 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 05)
02:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. Device 539b
03:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5229 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)
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watchdog

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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jun 2013, 14:13    Post subject:  

snowy wrote:

Code:

02:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. Device 539b


I found that the support for that card has been added in more recent kernels (3.5.0). It's very difficult to get working that wifi card for older kernels. I suggest a wifi usb stick. A wifi usb stick with windows xp driver can always work with ndiswrapper.
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snowy


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PostPosted: Tue 11 Jun 2013, 14:30    Post subject:  

watchdog wrote:
snowy wrote:

Code:

02:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. Device 539b


I found that the support for that card has been added in more recent kernels (3.5.0). It's very difficult to get working that wifi card for older kernels. I suggest a wifi usb stick. A wifi usb stick with windows xp driver can always work with ndiswrapper.


Thanks everyone for the advice. I guess I'll stick with Mint until Puppy updates and can support my card. Maybe I'll use ethernet over the mains.
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watchdog

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PostPosted: Tue 11 Jun 2013, 15:03    Post subject: One more possibility...  

I have found this BK post which can help you:

www.puppylinux.com/test/precise-5.4.92/precise-k3.8.0/
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snowy


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PostPosted: Wed 12 Jun 2013, 11:17    Post subject: Re: One more possibility...  

watchdog wrote:
I have found this BK post which can help you:

www.puppylinux.com/test/precise-5.4.92/precise-k3.8.0/
Thanks watchdog.

I'm very busy for the next few days, but I'll give it atry and report back next week.
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snowy


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PostPosted: Fri 28 Jun 2013, 04:24    Post subject: Re: One more possibility...  

snowy wrote:
watchdog wrote:
I have found this BK post which can help you:

www.puppylinux.com/test/precise-5.4.92/precise-k3.8.0/
Thanks watchdog.

I'm very busy for the next few days, but I'll give it atry and report back next week.

I tried that download, but though it went through the normal loading procedure I got a black screen. Ctrl+Alt+backspace enabled me to run xorgwizard, but still a black screen, though it did bark at me. Smile

I'll stick with Mint for now, then maybe run Puppy later over a mains ethernet.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
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snowy


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PostPosted: Thu 04 Jul 2013, 13:04    Post subject: Re: One more possibility...  

I dug out an old USB wireless adaptor that I'd used on a previous desktop, where I needed to install drivers but on plugging it in I found that it worked immediately both in Mint and Puppy. Bought it on ebay several years ago for about £4!
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snowy


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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jul 2013, 07:07    Post subject:  

watchdog wrote:
snowy wrote:

I haven't tried Slacko. Do you think it might find wireless cards that other versions of Puppy don't find?



Slacko 5.5 has a kernel of the same series as precise. If precise fails to recognize your wifi I think there is no reason to try slacko..


Actually, Slacko works with my wireless adaptor, but Lucid doesn't. Haven't tried precise since I found the adaptor.
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