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How to use Dell 5540 wifi card in Puppy 512?
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Vigobuzz


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PostPosted: Wed 06 Jul 2011, 16:47    Post_subject:  How to use Dell 5540 wifi card in Puppy 512?  

Hello everyone! Very Happy

I'm running puppy wary 5.1.2 with kernel 2.6.32-40.
Since I'm experiencing some problem in compiling (http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=536423), I'm asking some help in order to make work a "dell wireless 5540" wifi card on my dell latitude e6410.
I tried with the preloaded modules and with the ndiswrapper without success. Sad

I found this link in another thread: http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php. Could be this useful?

Could somebody kindly help me?

Thanks in advance,

Vigobuzz
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Jul 2011, 07:52    Post_subject:  

Hello again Vigobuzz:

Tempestuous is the expert on wifi cards, but here is how to get things started. Type the command
Code:
lspci -nn

Locate your wifi device and report back the numbers in the square brackets, like [14e4:1677].

These are the manufacturer/product ID codes for your device.
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pemasu


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Jul 2011, 08:39    Post_subject:  

Is that wireless wifi card hsdpa/3g modem card ?
If it is, then rerwin is also expert to answer.
2.6.32 kernel is quite old. Some newer kernel might provide better support.
You should try with newer kernel version puppy also.
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Vigobuzz


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Jul 2011, 15:23    Post_subject:  

Here I'm back. Hello! Very Happy

@rcrsn51:
Using the suggested command, I found a Broadcom Hardware [14e4:4353].

@pemasu:
Actually, I'd like to keep the 2.6.32 kernel because I'm not able to recompile some 3rd party's module that I'm using right now.
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Jul 2011, 15:46    Post_subject:  

pemasu wrote:
Is that wireless wifi card hsdpa/3g modem card ?

I Googled this device and it looks like pemasu is correct. This appears to be a 3G modem on a pcie mini-card.

However, the device [14e4:4353] is an 802.11x wifi adapter. I think that I'm out of my depth here.

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pemasu


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Jul 2011, 16:21    Post_subject:  

For example in console:
Code:
lspci -nnv

tells the wireless - wifi - wired adapters and cards you have.
That command tells the name and revision numbers.

You could post the findings regarding your wireless - wifi information. Card name, specifications and revision number.

Example here:
Quote:
Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002a] (rev 01)
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Vigobuzz


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2011, 10:35    Post_subject:  

Here is the result of the lspci -nnv command:

02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom corporation BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n [14e4:4353] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:000e]

I Hope it will help,
Bye Very Happy
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pemasu


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2011, 11:59    Post_subject:  

So you have broadcom wireless card which needs wl module driver.
There is one made by Piratesmack and yesterday at another instance I made experimental pet of that driver also.
That broadcom wireless is troublesome, it needs that b43 and ssb modules are unloaded before that wl module works.
Here is both pets. First one is made by Piratesmack and the second one is the experimental one which has the module and script from kirk which was copied from fatdog build.
Install whichever pet and then reboot.

Please....report how it goes. It is essential to get feedback. And I would like to know if my pet works also since it is simple in structure.
You need to uninstall the other pet before you can try the next one.
broadcom_sta-5.6.48.36-i486.pet
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Filename  broadcom_sta-5.6.48.36-i486.pet 
Filesize  805.36 KB 
Downloaded  388 Time(s) 
broadcom_sta-5.6.48.36-k2.6.33.2.pet
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pet

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Filename  broadcom_sta-5.6.48.36-k2.6.33.2.pet 
Filesize  812.03 KB 
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Vigobuzz


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2011, 15:31    Post_subject:  

Thank you, Very Happy I'll try these pets.

From today on, I will be away from home for some day...
For my feedback, please be patient for 4-5 days... Embarassed

I'm working on a different Laptop now (an HP G61-465sl which ALL the hardware - wireless included - has been recognized by wary 5.1.2 Cool )

Thanks again and see you soon! Very Happy
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2011, 18:18    Post_subject:  

@Vigobuzz: Before continuing, we need to clarify something. Are you really using a Dell Wireless 5540 HSPA Mobile Broadband Mini-Card, like here? Or are you talking about an internal adapter used to connect to a wifi access point?

@pemasu: It looks like your drivers are compiled for k2.6.33.2. Will they work in Wary?
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Vigobuzz


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2011, 19:17    Post_subject:  

Hello! Very Happy

I'm using an internal adapter used to connect to a wifi access point.
Mobile phones are not involved.

It's a built in adapter with a switch on the case that turns the antenna on and off.

Bye!
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pemasu


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2011, 19:24    Post_subject:  

Oh damn. I read the first post so quickly that I somehow thought it was Lucid 5.1 or that was what my mind told me.....
No, my posted drivers dont work with 2.6.32 kernel.
The driver source needs recompiling against that kernel source.
I am sorry. These namings seems to win my understanding.
I havent been very succesful with wary builds since they use so old kernel and have used too old xorg version.
My new laptop hw just dont like them so I havent even bothered to download them.
I might be able to use vesa driver and get working environment to do that compiling, lets see. Last wary I tested just freezed immediately after I got X.
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2011, 19:34    Post_subject:  

Here is the Broadcom wl driver for Wary 512.
broadcom_wl_k2.6.32-5.100.82.38.pet
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Filename  broadcom_wl_k2.6.32-5.100.82.38.pet 
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pemasu


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2011, 19:37    Post_subject:  

Now I thank you since I was misleading.
Is the right source now kernel_src-2.6.32-40-patched.sfs
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2011, 19:40    Post_subject:  

pemasu wrote:
Is the right source now kernel_src-2.6.32-40-patched.sfs

Yes.
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