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Why does my WiFi work in Puppy but not in other OS?
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greyowl

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Jun 2015, 09:02    Post_subject:  Why does my WiFi work in Puppy but not in other OS?  

I tried Tahrup 6.01 recently.
I have an older laptop: Dell Latitude D600

OOTB, I was impressed that Puppy showed all the wireless in my vicinity and allowed me to login to my wireless.

I have had a very different experience with Lubuntu, Porteus, and MX14(AntiX). They do not show the wireless and would require some extra configuration which I haven't yet pursued.

I have questions:
What is happening here?
Why is puppy different?
Is Puppy able to automatically install drivers for my wireless and the others are not?
Do the others just not have a wireless program?

Please help me to understand this.
Thank you.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Jun 2015, 21:04    Post_subject:  

Basically Puppy tries to still support old hardware.
Other Linux distributions do not.

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greyowl

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Jun 2015, 21:10    Post_subject:  

Thanks for the explanation.

Do you know of any other distros that support old hardware like mine?
While I am impressed with Puppy, I would like to try some other distros just to see the differences?
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mikeb


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PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015, 05:14    Post_subject:  

Puppy includes firmware and proprietry drivers that other distros do not for idealogical reasons. (or space restrictions)

Not sure if age is related since once support is included it tends to hang around.

When comparing you have to see using lsmod and dmesg what driver and firmware is being used and see if you test distro even includes them.


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greyowl

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PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015, 08:54    Post_subject:  

Thanks for the explanation.

I am new to Linux so even elementary stuff is a bit over my head.

Is lsmod and dmesg commands that I would put in terminal of Puppy and other distros, and then get a report of the firmware and drivers?
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PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015, 09:47    Post_subject:  

Correct. Among many others, both are used for information gathering and diagnostics.

http://linoxide.com/guide/linux-command-shelf.html

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greyowl

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PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015, 09:53    Post_subject:  

Thank you for the information.
Seems like there is lots to learn with linux.
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greengeek

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PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015, 18:17    Post_subject:  

greyowl wrote:
Do you know of any other distros that support old hardware like mine?
While I am impressed with Puppy, I would like to try some other distros just to see the differences?
I believe "Antix" is another great Linux for use with older hardware.
EDIT: Oops - I see you have already tried Antix without success. Might be worth asking some questions on the Antix forum as there are different versions of it and maybe they could help you find one that suits your wifi.
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mikeb


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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jun 2015, 04:34    Post_subject:  

Yes the terminal does give you a huge pile of powerful commands... for this purpose it would help though hard info might give you some of the information.

its worth getting familiar with..... and its a whoe lot nicer than that 'orrible DOS that you probably had to suffer at one point.

There is lots of help on the net and round here .. just ask Smile

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