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How to connect wifi in Xenialpup?
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wolde

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Dec 2017, 16:54    Post subject:  How to connect wifi in Xenialpup?
Subject description: no driver of wireless interface
 

I switched from Tahrpup to Xenialpup. In Tahrpup I had a wifi connection without troubles. in Xenialpup there is no wireless interface, because of a missing driver. I have a Quallcomm Atheros AR 9285 adapter on a EEEPC 1201HA.
Wich driver should I install and how?
Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Dec 2017, 19:47    Post subject:  

In the future alway, always, always state the exact version of Puppy.

I will assume you are talking about Xenialpup 7.5 the 32bit version of Xenialpup.

Make sure you already have a save so the pet package install will stick after a reboot.

Try installing this missing drivers pet package.
http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/puppy-xenial/32/atheros_kernel_modules-4.4.95noPAE-xenial32.pet

Reboot.

Any help?

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wolde

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Dec 2017, 06:00    Post subject: wifi adapter xenialpup  

The version of Xenialpup is as you presumed 7.5, 32 bit. I shall mention that in future cases.
The installation of the linked pet did the job: wifi works.
Thank you, bigpup!
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cgmarsh

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Feb 2019, 17:44    Post subject: Atheros AR242X/AR542X WiFi card not recognized  

I too am having the same problem with my Atheros card being recognized. I have an EeePC 1000HD laptop running Xenialpup 7.5. I have downloaded the "pet" file from below link.

http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/puppy-xenial/32/atheros_kernel_modules-4.4.95noPAE-xenial32.pet

I clicked on the file and it stated the package has been installed. I rebooted the computer but it still did not recognize my card. When I use the third option to find a driver no wireless Atheros cards are shown. The Wifi physical switch is turned on and the light is on indication the same. If I plug in a TPlink USB card everything works ok but I'd rather use the buit in card. Also this card works fine with othe Linux Distros. Seeing how I am a newbee with Xenilpup, am I supposed to do anything else besides just clicking on the new pet file.

Thank You very much for any help.
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PostPosted: Wed 20 Feb 2019, 18:22    Post subject:  

cgmarsh,

Try connecting by using menu>Setup>Internet Connection Wizard>Wired or Wireless LAN>Network Wizard

Is Xenialpup 7.5 a frugal install?
If yes.
You have shutdown and made a save file or folder. Rebooted using the save?
Need to be using a save before you install the pet package.
After installing the pet.
Reboot.
This makes sure the pet install is put into the save, so it stays installed, and the driver is loaded.

That atheros_kernel_modules-4.4.95noPAE-xenial32.pet has the missing driver that your hardware uses, so it should be working.

Sometimes a download of a pet package is not good.
Run the Puppy Package Manager (PPM)
Click on uninstall button.
Uninstall the pet.
Try a fresh download and install.

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Feb 2019, 18:28    Post subject:  

Here is the steps for using Network Wizard.

1. Select Network Wizard
2. Select wlan0 (your network card may have a different description)
3. Select Wireless in the Configure wireless network box.
4. Select Scan and your ESSID should come up.
5. Select your ESSID and OK
6. Give a name to your profile. It should already be what you selected in step 5.
7. Encryption. Most people use WPA/TKIP - select it or WPA2.
8. A box will open for you to write the WPA password. It is called a Shared Key. Enter the password.
9. Leave the other boxes as they are. Rarely do these need adjustment.
9. Select Save
10. Select Use This Profile
11. A box will appear showing Puppy trying to connect
12. A box will come up “REPORT ON TEST 0f wlan0CONNECTION”
13. Select Auto DHCP in the Configure interface box and it will go through a handshake routine. and declare itself successful
14. Select done

If something does not work.
What step?
You do what?
You see what?

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cgmarsh

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Feb 2019, 21:55    Post subject:  

Thank you "bigpup" for the fast reply.

I am working with a "FULL" install.

I removed the package, downloaded and reinstalled two times with the same results.

When I get to step #2 of your instructions no WiFi interface is shown. Only the hardwired interface is listed.

The output of the lspci command is:
01:00.0 Ethernet Controller: Qualcom Atheros AR242X / AR542X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (REV 01)

For the best of me I don't know why it shows using the lspci command but does not show any wireless card in the Network Wizard.

Thank You again.
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PostPosted: Thu 21 Feb 2019, 10:16    Post subject:  

You did reboot after installing the pet package?
That should setup the driver when the boot process finds the hardware.

Let's see if it is blocked.

In a console type:
Code:
rfkill list

press enter

What does it say about wlan?

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PostPosted: Thu 21 Feb 2019, 11:00    Post subject:  

A frugal install of Puppy Linux is a better way to use it than a full install.
There are some features that only work in a frugal install.
Frugal is just a name about how frugal it is on using space on drive and taking over partitions.
It is still the complete OS.

Support for full installs is not being supported very well with newer code changes to how Puppy works.
A bug could have gotten into the code.

Could try a frugal install and see if that makes any difference.
Does still need the pet package installed for the needed drivers.

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cgmarsh

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PostPosted: Fri 22 Feb 2019, 14:55    Post subject:  

Yes I did do a reboot after installing the pet package.

Here is the results of the "rfkill list" command:
rfkill: /dev/rfkill: no such file or directory

After reading your last very helpful post a bell went off in my head... I remember from one of your other post that I had read and remembered you stated "you also must add a "save/file". I have always said no to this option. Well I than installed Xenialpup 7.5 as a full install, applied the patch, rebooted and still no wifi card was found...
I than did a Frugal install, applied the pet patch, rebooted and the WiFi Card WAS recognized. I set up my WiFi and everything is working properly.

Thank You so, so much for the help/information.

The moral to the story is to:
1: Perform a FRUGAL install.
2: Install the PET Patch.
3: And Most importantly, MAKE A SAVE FILE as requested.
4: And... listen to "bigpup's" suggestions.....

Thank You again "bigpup"
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Feb 2019, 17:37    Post subject:  

Good to see you got it working. Very Happy

This confirms what I was wondering.
Some bug has gotten into doing full installs or something in that pet is putting things in the wrong place, if installed to a full install.
I will have to check this out and see what I find.

Code:
rfkill list
should have given you something like this for results:
Quote:
root# rfkill list
0: phy0: wlan
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
1: hci0: bluetooth
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

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PostPosted: Fri 22 Feb 2019, 18:20    Post subject:  

bigpup wrote:
Good to see you got it working. Very Happy

This confirms what I was wondering.
Some bug has gotten into doing full installs or something in that pet is putting things in the wrong place, if installed to a full install.
I will have to check this out and see what I find.


The wifi driver .PET package mentioned by bigpup has a pinstall.sh (post-install script)

Xenial has the broken installpkg.sh that does not run a pinstall.sh for a full install.

The fix for a full install is to download the fixed installpkg.sh from here, there are instructions for installation to /usr/local/petget/
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=1004835#1004835

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