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Puppy-Arcade10 does not detect wireless usb device.
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Lukaz

Joined: 26 Mar 2013
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Mar 2013, 10:44    Post subject:  Puppy-Arcade10 does not detect wireless usb device.
Subject description: Wireless usb device: RTL8187B.
 

Hello people of murga-linux forum posts, I intend to install puppy arcade-10 in my pc which is a: via c7-m processor, 512 mb ram and 64 mb onboard video, and wireless device RTL8187B, and with a VIA VX800 chipset, but the puppy arcade-10 is not detecting my wireless device, I used the command
Code:
iwconfig
but it only detected the lan port for modem connection and wireless use is only because we have an agreement with our neighbors, and the like, I found super Interestingly puppy-arcade as well as puppy linux, but what I use is exactly the puppy-arcade10, so if anyone knows what I may be doing it for at least detect the wireless device, be grateful.
I await answers.
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sc0ttman


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PostPosted: Tue 26 Mar 2013, 15:03    Post subject:  

Hi Lukaz,

Welcome to the forums, I hope you are enjoying Puppy Arcade.

Puppy Arcade 10 has a very old kernel, 2.6.25.16, your problem is probably because the kernel is too old for your wifi hardware... You could change the kernel - see here: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=60180.... Or, you could get yourself an old, cheap USB wifi adapter (most Belkins work fine) and use that instead - you can pick up older usb wifi adapters very cheap on amazon and so on...

Or lastly, you could compile the firmware/drivers for your wifi device and see if that works... In order to compile stuff on Puppy you need to install the 'devx'.. and to compile drivers and such, you also need the 'kernel sources'...

The 'devx' and 'kernel sources' are in SFS files, and can be downloaded from here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/sfs_modules-4/devx_420.sfs

http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/sfs_modules-4/kernel-src-2.6.25.16-patched-puppy4.1.sfs

(You should probably rename 'kernel-src-2.6.25.16-patched-puppy4.1.sfs' to 'kernel-src-2.6.25.16-patched-puppy4.2.sfs', before you install it!)

To load/install SFS files: In Puppy Arcade, you must use the 'Boot Manager' (in Menu->System, I think) to load up these SFS files, which should be put in /mnt/home/

NOTE, the folder '/mnt/home/' will only exist AFTER making a save file... You will be asked to create a save file the first time you reboot Puppy Arcade.

The driver you need to compile can be downloaded here: http://rtl-wifi.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/rtl-wifi/?view=tar

To compile the driver, unpack the archive, go into the folder, and open a terminal in that folder (in ROX, use the ` key, which left of the 1 key, to open a terminal), then type *something* like the following in the terminal window:

Code:
make
make modules_install


If you have any other problems, please post them here in future: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=62619 - that is the official Puppy Arcade thread...

If you don't know, you can get extra programs and stuff from http://ppm.scottjarvis.com

Also, if you need to search for anything Puppy related, then use the links in my signature (just below) ... Maybe bookmark them, if you plan to use Puppy regularly, they will be a great help.

I hope this was helpful, good luck with Puppy Arcade!

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Lukaz

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Mar 2013, 21:24    Post subject:    

Ok, thanks for the speed of response, I will compile the wireless device and see if it will work, grateful for the tip, anything will return with new news. Wink
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Lukaz

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Mar 2013, 17:51    Post subject:  

Sc0ttman Hello again, I followed your tips, eos pack files wifi drivers were compiled and installed corretamentes but to load any of the modules of the package even give RTL8187B error, and loaded modules with network wizard, but still not detected the wifi device I have, then ask if querialhe is it possible that I can upgrade to 2.6 for kernel 3.2 without affecting the system, because I have the puppy slacko with kernel 3.2 and usually it detects my network devices and even the SD card reader, so I leave a question, you can upgrade dekernel in puppy arcade-10, to go off and spend the kernel2.6 kernel 3.2?
I hope answers, Thanks anyway.
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sc0ttman


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PostPosted: Sat 30 Mar 2013, 07:24    Post subject:  

Puppy Arcade cannot run the 3.x kernel - you will need to do many changes... But you can change kernel to any other 2.6 kernel... But it is lots of work, but it gets easy after you did it once before...

If you know you wifi works in another Puppy, for example Lupu 526, then you can use the kernel from that puppy in Puppy Arcade ... You need to follow the steps here: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=60180

And also you must rebuild the main pup_420 SFS file in sfs4 (use /usr/sbin/mksquashfs4, i think it is in puppy arcade, if not, you can get it from many puppies, including "Puplite" (if you take it from Puplite it should work fine in Puppy Arcade) ... Puplite is here: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=63381

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oligin10

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Location: Buckeye State, USA

PostPosted: Sat 30 Mar 2013, 09:43    Post subject: try using ndiswrapper  

Hi guys, I have that wireless adapter. I have found that I can usually just use ndiswrapper to get that adaper to work. If you don't have the windows xp driver, just let me know and I will post it. There is also a .pet for that adapter that works, but I have found that it sometimes loses connection, and you may have to keep reinstalling the .pet. Ndiswrapper OTOH never seems to fail as long as it works initially. Thanks, Rob
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