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What Ralink USB Wifi Adapters are known to work
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bark_bark_bark

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Sep 2012, 07:46    Post subject:  What Ralink USB Wifi Adapters are known to work
Subject description: with Slacko/Precise/Racy puppies
 

Hello I just recieved from eBay a Ralink 54Mbps USB Wifi Adapter. I was wondering which Slacko(-based), Precise(-based), or Racy(-based) puppies would work with it.
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pemasu


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PostPosted: Fri 28 Sep 2012, 09:13    Post subject:  

Plug it in Puppy. And then run lspci -nn and post the results of wireless hardware. Also run dmesg and post the rows concerning wireless. Or the whole output: dmesg > /root/dmesg.gz and post the file here.
Then it would be easier to tell what driver and possible firmware it uses or needs.
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Sep 2012, 11:18    Post subject:  

Tested on Compq Presario 5080US Desktop with Lucid 525 Retro
dmesg.gz
Description  Results
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Filename  dmesg.gz 
Filesize  14.28 KB 
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Sep 2012, 11:58    Post subject:  

Your dmesg does not report anykind kernel driver triggering message about wireless. If you did plug in that usb wireless before you run that dmesg command in console, it does not show at all in dmesg output.

If that usb wireless works now...I wonder how it can be possible. It seems your usb wireless works driverless...if I believe your dmesg message output.

lspci -nn or lsusb should show more info of your usb wireless.
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Sep 2012, 12:20    Post subject:  

pemasu wrote:
lsusb should show more info of your usb wireless.

Yes. With the device UNplugged, run "lsusb". Then plug it in and repeat. Identify the [vendor:product] ID codes for the device.

Repeat with the "lsmod" command. What additional modules are being loaded for your device?
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Sep 2012, 13:18    Post subject:  

Okay got the dmesg files fixed (i hope). I did the following:

Same PC/Same puplet

lsusb - before plugging it in
lsusb - after plugging it in - device reconized

lsmod - before plugging it in
lsmod - after plugging it in - device reconized - no modules are being used

dmesg => /root/dmesg.gz - before plugging it in
dmesg => /root/dmesg2.gz - after plugging it in
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dmesg.gz
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Sep 2012, 13:41    Post subject:  

usb 1-1.2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 4
usb 1-1.2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
usb 1-1.2: USB disconnect, address 4
usb 1-1.2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 5
usb 1-1.2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
usb 1-1.2: USB disconnect, address 5
usb 1-1.2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 6
usb 1-1.2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice

Above could mean that kernel sees your usb wireless as usb stick, because it lacks the needed kernel driver for wireless. Why on earth did you choose so old kernel version for this test.

lsusb command outputs, especially after plugging the usb wireless in will be needed, as rcrsn51 posted. That would be next step and or....newer kernel version puppy.
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Sep 2012, 13:56    Post subject:  

okay retest on slacko 5.3.3 & it works.
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