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haywirepc

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PostPosted: Tue 20 Mar 2018, 23:09    Post subject:  Wireless usb that works with puppy?  

I got xenialpup 64 going on my desktop. Everything works great. Tried on my laptop, a toshiba satellite but it doesn't see the wireless built in to the laptop.

Can anyone give me a link to a wireless usb you are sure works with xenialpup 64? I'd rather just buy a usb wireless and it work than aggravate myself trying to fix the laptops built in...
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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 01:27    Post subject:  

I bought a small wifi dongle from aliexpress.com (china) for around 2$. (It took a month to get delivered at my place with free postal shipping option).
It just simply worked with Fatdog64.
It was a generic device with no brand name.
I gave it to a friend after few months though so can't check it's details now in PC.
Get something from local store. Better take laptop with you and check before buying. (Some owner's won't let you check before buying, but some friendly ones will)
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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 04:10    Post subject:  

How old/recent is your laptop? Have you tried other pups (or maybe Fatdog) with it?

What is the output of the following commands:

lsusb

and also:

lspci

It is probably impossible to suggest a wifi interface that is guaranteed to work unless we know what the laptop hardware is. (Especially if there is a potential conflict with the current wifi hardware or module).

If you don't want to do any troubleshooting I would probably say just get a "TPLink" usb style plug in wifi adapter.
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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 05:01    Post subject:  

Are you sure the internal WIFI is turned on?
A lot of laptops have a switch or keyboard key that turns wifi off/on.
On first boot up of a Puppy version.
Puppy will not turn wifi on automatically if it has this feature.

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Press and hold down the "Fn" function key on the computer's keyboard to display the laptop's hotkey card icons on the screen. 2. Click the "Wireless" icon on the screen or press the corresponding hotkey button on the keyboard, typically the "F8" key on a Toshiba laptop.

Try pressing F8.

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 10:00    Post subject:  

@haywirepc:-

You could give this one a try if you specifically want a USB wireless adapter. AFAIK, this works in every Puppy I've ever tried it in.....and if your kernel should, by a freak of nature, not support the dongle, rcrsn51 does drivers for this one (the old trusty rtl8192cu):-

http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/products/networking/wifi-adapters/WNA3100M.aspx

It's a wee bit more expensive than a lot of the 'generic' Far Eastern 'specials', but you get what you pay for.....and this one runs cool; it doesn't get hot like some do. Wireless 'N', and 150 MBps throughput.....which you're never likely to approach. Good range, and a rock-solid connection.

It has Mike's 'seal of approval'!


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haywirepc

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 11:49    Post subject:  

well got it working with wired internet, but I want to put this in another room where wired is not an option (upstairs, far from router) does not look like it sees the built in wireless hardware :

root# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT DRAM Controller (rev 0b)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0b)
00:03.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT HD Audio Controller (rev 0b)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series USB xHCI HC (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series HECI #0 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 8 Series HD Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 8 Series PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev e4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 8 Series PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev e4)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 8 Series PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev e4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series USB EHCI #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 8 Series LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 8 Series SATA Controller 1 [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 8 Series SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 0c)
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)
03:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5229 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)

And lsusb = root# lsusb
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0930:0225 Toshiba Corp.
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:8000 Intel Corp.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 11:59    Post subject:  

Right here >> 02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)

This gives the exact [product:vendor]:
Code:
lspci -nn | grep Network

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haywirepc

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 12:20    Post subject:  

Thanks. I tried installing broadcom packages from puppy package manager. Sill nothing... Any other ideas how to get it going?

Xenialpup64...
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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 12:43    Post subject:  

"uname -r" say 64's running which kernel?
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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 12:47    Post subject:  

4.14.2
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don570


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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 12:52    Post subject:  

My advice: Check how the owner of a Dell laptop dealt with this problem.
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=112922


The first step was to run "dmesg" in a terminal

Code:
dmesg | more


Perhaps the driver is recognized and the 'RADIO' is turned off .
'rfkill' app will turn it on.
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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 12:53    Post subject:  

Hmm, s-kami's repo doesn't have it.

As I highly doubt 64 has the broadcom-wl driver, you'd have to grab the necessary pkgs and compile it yourself.

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haywirepc

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 13:29    Post subject:  

rfkill only shows the bluetooth. No wifi.

tried f8 to toggle on/off a bunch of times, no change. It was always on in windows, never had to toggle.
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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 14:54    Post subject:  

haywirepc (in part) wrote:
Ethernet Controller (rev 0c)
02:00.0 Network conerontroller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)
I have a Puppy distro which wouldn't work with the Broadcom internal card or an Intel that I bought, My friend gave me an Atheros, which I'm still using, which did work with that Puppy.
Maybe that was not a good way to solve it; but it worked.
I don't use the LibrePup any more, but it did work.
And the Atheros works with other Puppys.

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2018, 16:17    Post subject:  

Is [14e4:4365] the output from here?

Yes? Then unless I'm mistaken, you'll need the package @ the top of this below list:

Linux STA 64-bit driver or hybrid-v35_64-nodebug-pcoem-6_30_223_271.tar.gz dwnld pkg.

If you pass on a new adapter, your card requires a compiled driver.

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