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sindi

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PostPosted: Sun 04 May 2014, 13:30    Post_subject:  rfswitch
Sub_title: for laptops with broken hardware wifi switches
 

I have two DELL laptops with hardware wifi (rf, radio) switches
which will not work with any wifi cards (mini-PCI or pcmcia), also
an ACER probably the same - broken switches. Once in a while the
DELLs do work with both mini-PCI cards and PCMCIA cards.

One site suggested (for Windows) using software to turn on the switch.

I found a module for 2.4.29 but nothing recent compiled for puppy.

There is an rfswitch project that supports 2.6 and later kernels.
Anyone willing to compile for at least one linux kernel?
I use pulp and pup 431-retro both 2.6.21.7
(but they do NOT work with the same modules), and sometimes
Lupu 5.2.8.6, Wary 5.5.

Another method is to use ipw to turn on ipw2100 or ipw2200.

You are supposed to type ipwthen tab and choose from a menu.

ipw - command not found. (There is an ipw module inserted).
(Tested in pulp linux not the others).

Does puppy have some other software rf (wifi) switch?
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PostPosted: Sun 04 May 2014, 14:16    Post_subject:  

Wonder if rfkill would do it?

# rfkill
BusyBox v1.21.0 (2013-02-18 15:57:06 WST) multi-call binary.

Usage: rfkill COMMAND [INDEX|TYPE]

Enable/disable wireless devices

Commands:
list [INDEX|TYPE] List current state
block INDEX|TYPE Disable device
unblock INDEX|TYPE Enable device

TYPE: all, wlan(wifi), bluetooth, uwb(ultrawideband),
wimax, wwan, gps, fm

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sindi

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PostPosted: Mon 05 May 2014, 00:42    Post_subject: rfkill  

bigpup wrote:
Wonder if rfkill would do it?

# rfkill
BusyBox v1.21.0 (2013-02-18 15:57:06 WST) multi-call binary.

Usage: rfkill COMMAND [INDEX|TYPE]

Enable/disable wireless devices

Commands:
list [INDEX|TYPE] List current state
block INDEX|TYPE Disable device
unblock INDEX|TYPE Enable device

TYPE: all, wlan(wifi), bluetooth, uwb(ultrawideband),
wimax, wwan, gps, fm


Pulp linux (which I am using right now) has busybox 1.8.2
from 2007, without rfkill.

Typing 'busybox' lists the functions. It is compiled
dynamically against libc.

I will try rfkill from busybox v1.21.0 in Wary 5.5 and if it works,
in pulp (with glibc 2.11.3 upgrade).

Can a touchpad with hardware switch also be enabled/disabled
via software? I have an HP where touchpad does not respond.
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sindi

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PostPosted: Mon 05 May 2014, 18:43    Post_subject: rfkill  

rfkill list all - no devices were detected despite
having ipw2100 card, known good.

Today the pcmcia wifi card worked, so it must be
a bad mini-PCI slot that works only when it feels like it,
not a switch.

I used wary5.5.
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