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Buffalo G54 Specs for Puppy Wireless pup
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edoc


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PostPosted: Sun 07 Aug 2005, 17:05    Post subject:  Buffalo G54 Specs for Puppy Wireless pup  

Pulled this off the Hardware Information in YaST on my Suse laptop.
Hope it helps because every time I've tried to do the ndiswrapper thing under Suse it has really messed up the setup. I'd really like to get it working on this IBM 600X.

Broadcom AirStation G54 54 Mbps CardBus WLI-CB-G54A
BCM4306
Device Identifier (Spec): 66340
Device Identifier: 82720
Model: Melco BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller
SubVendor: Melco Inc
SubVendor Identifier: 69972
Vendor: Broadcom

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PostPosted: Sun 07 Aug 2005, 19:32    Post subject:  

can you run lspci


I really need the pci-id to make things happen
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PostPosted: Sun 07 Aug 2005, 22:08    Post subject: Buffalo G54 lspci  

bladehunter wrote:
can you run lspci
I really need the pci-id to make things happen


Is this what is needed?

# lspci -n
0:0.0 8086:7190 (rev 03)
0:1.0 8086:7191 (rev 03)
0:2.0 104c:ac1b (rev 03)
0:2.1 104c:ac1b (rev 03)
0:3.0 11c1:0449 (rev 01)
0:6.0 1013:6003 (rev 01)
0:7.0 8086:7110 (rev 02)
0:7.1 8086:7111 (rev 01)
0:7.2 8086:7112 (rev 01)
0:7.3 8086:7113 (rev 03)
1:0.0 10c8:0006
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PostPosted: Wed 10 Aug 2005, 08:17    Post subject:  

That's odd. The Buffalo adapter with that description (WLI-CB-G54A) is listed on the ndiswrapper site as having a Broadcom chipset and VID:PID of 14e4:4320, but it does not show on the list provided by edoc.
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PostPosted: Wed 10 Aug 2005, 10:23    Post subject:  

BlackAdder wrote:
That's odd. The Buffalo adapter with that description (WLI-CB-G54A) is listed on the ndiswrapper site as having a Broadcom chipset and VID:PID of 14e4:4320, but it does not show on the list provided by edoc.


Perhaps the IBM is not seeing it for some reason?

I will try again to get the IBM ThinkPad app runing that allows access to the BIOS better than the stock dumbed-down BIO interface and see if there is something I can tweak to get at the wireless.

I have used the pcmcia/pccard/cardbus port with a wired nic so I know that the port is working.

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PostPosted: Wed 10 Aug 2005, 11:00    Post subject:  

edoc wrote:
BlackAdder wrote:
That's odd. The Buffalo adapter with that description (WLI-CB-G54A) is listed on the ndiswrapper site as having a Broadcom chipset and VID:PID of 14e4:4320, but it does not show on the list provided by edoc.

doc


Here is a new lspci -n I noticed that my prior post appeared to cut off the last line or two. Since I have no idea how to interpret the output I don't know what is meaningful and what is not.

# lspci -n
0:0.0 8086:7190 (rev 03)
0:1.0 8086:7191 (rev 03)
0:2.0 104c:ac1b (rev 03)
0:2.1 104c:ac1b (rev 03)
0:3.0 11c1:0449 (rev 01)
0:6.0 1013:6003 (rev 01)
0:7.0 8086:7110 (rev 02)
0:7.1 8086:7111 (rev 01)
0:7.2 8086:7112 (rev 01)
0:7.3 8086:7113 (rev 03)
1:0.0 10c8:0006
2:0.0 14e4:4320 (rev 02)
#


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PostPosted: Wed 10 Aug 2005, 18:53    Post subject:  

Okay doc. The last line shows
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2:0.0 14e4:4320 (rev 02)
which confirms the type of adapter and the chipset (engine) that it uses.
Bladehunter is brewing another of his magic potions - in this case an updated wifi dot pup. Your adapter should be supported by that. If you can be patient for a few days he might let you peek under the covers.
Which Puppy version are you running?
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PostPosted: Thu 11 Aug 2005, 11:40    Post subject:  

BlackAdder wrote:
Okay doc. The last line shows
Quote:
2:0.0 14e4:4320 (rev 02)
which confirms the type of adapter and the chipset (engine) that it uses.
Bladehunter is brewing another of his magic potions - in this case an updated wifi dot pup. Your adapter should be supported by that. If you can be patient for a few days he might let you peek under the covers.
Which Puppy version are you running?


The standard version 1.0.4 at the moment but as I am new I am not locked in. Should I run a different version so as to maximize the supported wireless devices?

Is there anything lost if I go with something other than the standard version even as I gain wireless support?

Does the wireless support bloat the standard version and that is why it is not included?

Cannot the wireless support be a pupget or dotpup rather than a different version?

Sorry for all of the questions ... I am in learning-mode big time!

BTW: There is a need for something like Puppy to address the interest of Amateur Radio operatorsin Linux. Once I get a handle on things I think I will look into a bunch of Ham apps in dotpup format and develop a small Web site that explains it all. Many Hams use older hardware, like things that are simple and free, and are a curious lot. The commercial Linux apps are just to complicated and bulky to catch on with them.

Thanks! doc
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Aug 2005, 01:41    Post subject:  

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Is there anything lost if I go with something other than the standard version even as I gain wireless support?

Your adapter should be supported by the wifi dot pup that bladehunter is cooking up. It is based on ndiswrapper, which wraps Linux code around the manufacturers' drivers. I don't think there is support for your adapter in the kernel or modules already included with Puppy. There was an earlier wifi dot pup in beta, but it related to Puppy version 1.0.3 or earlier.
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Does the wireless support bloat the standard version and that is why it is not included?

The ndiswrapper dot pup should be less than 16MB including a number of drivers.
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Cannot the wireless support be a pupget or dotpup rather than a different version?

Yes, it will be a dot pup. The whole wifi support situation for Linux (not just Puppy) is complicated by the fact that there are a number of chipset makers, and not all of them are prepared to reveal technical data to Linux programmers There are also several different groups working on wifi, and their approaches differ. If Puppy tried to include support for a large spectum of adapter types there certainly would be "bloat".
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BTW: There is a need for something like Puppy to address the interest of Amateur Radio operatorsin Linux.

There certainly has been mention of Ham Radio in the past. It may have been in the "old" forum.

Hope that helps.
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