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azieser

Joined: 14 Nov 2007
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PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov 2007, 14:32    Post subject: EEEPC WiFi Question
Subject description: How to get it working
 

Ok I looked on the EEEPC forum and also this forum and they mention that you need to blacklist the ath_pci file see EEE PC Forum Site:

1. Go to a terminal as root.
2. Edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist using your favorite editor (nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist)
3. Add the following lines:

blacklist ath_pci
blacklist ath_hal

4. Restart the computer
5. To configure ndiswrapper, unzip the Windows drivers of your WiFi card somewhere (/home/jdoe/drivers in this example. The driver itself is usually).
6. Open up a terminal and go to that location (cd /home/jdoe/drivers)
7. Add the driver to ndiswrapper (ndiswrapper -i ./net5211.inf*)
8. Run: modprobe ndiswrapper
9.You also want to make sure ndiswrapper loads on startup. add ndiswrapper to /etc/modules

* (net5211.inf is avalible from the within the Asus EeePc 701 Support DVD Rev:1.1 at location: ”/Drivers/Wireless/ndis5x/net5211.inf”)

ok the files listed do not exist in the puppy directory because when I try to edit this file I can not find it in the directory listed. What am I doing wrong, because puppy runs perfect on the machine with the exception of the wireless. As a work around I have been using an older Dlink Usb wireless adapter and it has been working flawlessly. But I would like to use the internal equipment.

Also just a note on earlier comments the EEE PC has a SD slot on the side that it will boot from like the hard drive, so I just installed the distro onto the SD card and it bypasses the SSD drive entirely. I used the usb key install with a USB adaptor and it works better than it normally does on a USB key.
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raffy

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov 2007, 19:23    Post subject: wifi - try there  

Thanks for the booting info. I have posted a suggestion here. Let us know how it goes.

BTW, what is the name of the SSD drive after Puppy was booted from it? Is it sda, sdb, hda or hdb? The default drive (with Xandros) and the new SSD boot device should be visible when you use the mount utility. Having a picture of this will be sweet.

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azieser

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov 2007, 23:22    Post subject:  Figured out the blacklisting
Subject description: How to unload the unwanted wireless drivers
 

In Puppy right click on the desktop to bring up the program listings, go to system then select "BootManager configure bootup" This will bring up a window that has 3 buttons click on blacklist a module. This opens a window up with two columns select from the left column ATH_PCI and click the add bar to move it to the right column, then pick the ATH_HAL on the left column and move it to the right column.

Reboot your EEE PC after it starts up again these modules will be blacklisted then click on the connect icon and goto Connect to internet by network interface. Click Load Module and select the more tab. Then select the NDISWrapper and select the driver from the wireless folder from the EEE PC Restore dvd and follow the prompts it will connect to the wireless card now because the ATH drivers are out of the way.

I hope this makes it a little easier for other people to get their EEE PC's online and it bypasses the need for manually editing files in your system.
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azieser

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov 2007, 23:37    Post subject: Re: wifi - try there  

raffy wrote:
Thanks for the booting info. I have posted a suggestion here. Let us know how it goes.

BTW, what is the name of the SSD drive after Puppy was booted from it? Is it sda, sdb, hda or hdb? The default drive (with Xandros) and the new SSD boot device should be visible when you use the mount utility. Having a picture of this will be sweet.


Well it booted from the SD card not the SSD drive. Actually it sees the SD card as sda and the SSD Drive as hdc Also I am running the new TMXXINE Puppy Linux that came out today, it has everything you could possible want already loaded onto it and the ICEWM themes are excellent.
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raffy

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Nov 2007, 00:01    Post subject: time travel  

eee as the platform for Tmxxine time travel - how impossibly true. Cool

Thanks, azieser. (And thanks again for resizing that desktop image to fit the board.)

As to blacklisting, I wonder if it is needed in Puppy, especially if the Network Wizard has not picked up any "ath" module.

Plus, if you had to reboot, then you must already be using a pup_save in your SD card. Using the Network Wizard at first boot should be cool (if that is at all possible).

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Teddy89h


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PostPosted: Mon 19 Nov 2007, 15:09    Post subject:  

@azieser: do you have wlan and the 800x480 res working?

I just asked Hacao to upload his files on sd-card. would be great, if you could do this as well.

the fine thing: the EEE is always the EEE! One Puppy on sd for every EEE pc! this would be very interesting for those, who prefer winxp on ssd Very Happy.

thank u very much Wink


pf: is it fast?
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alienjeff


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PostPosted: Sat 24 Nov 2007, 16:49    Post subject:  

Taiwanese manufactures are not necessarily your friends. To wit:
http://cliffhacks.blogspot.com/2007/11/asus-eeepc-first-impressions-and-gpl.html
Caveat emptor.

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T_B

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Nov 2007, 16:49    Post subject:  

Haven't got an eeepc yet, but it will be delivered soon.
Haven't seen any distro beat the Xandros default distro. It is still more compatible with the hardware and faster (especially booting) than others.
Would love to see anyone take up the challenge and make a customized version for the eeepc.
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Natashquan

Joined: 29 May 2007
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PostPosted: Sat 01 Dec 2007, 01:38    Post subject:  

alienjeff, as much as it's good to know that Asus was in violation of the GNU General Public License by not releasing its full source code library, it would help if you just came out and said it instead of dropping a link with no explanation but some ominous statement about Taiwanese manufacturers being shady. More to the point, Asus has since released the aforementioned source, and it is available here:
http://eeepc.asus.com/global/news11272007.htm

Also of note is the announcement on the same page about plans for releasing the Eee PC SDK, though they don't mention a release date.

I can't afford to get an Eee PC for myself yet, but I'm avidly watching to see how this changes the compatibility of Puppy with it. Keep up the good work, guys!
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T_B

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PostPosted: Sat 01 Dec 2007, 05:44    Post subject:  

Right now I don't think the right persons are busy trying to get Puppy eeepc ready. Other distros are more lively present on the eeeusers.com forum. I like puppy but if another distro has better results on the eeepc I will go for that.
Most important imo is hardware functionality, booting time and working speed. I think Puppy can beat every other distro on all these points.

I will probably first try the standard Archos distro for a while and after that try Slackware or Arch. I've seen some good reports on that one, only thing bothering me is the booting time. I want the fastest booting time possible.

I'm sure the eeepc will have a great impact on the knowledge and spreading acceptance of Linux. When the eeepc specific distros will come (and they will come I'm sure), we will have the same advantage as Apple. We will all have the same hardware, but a lot more choice Smile
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raffy

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PostPosted: Sat 01 Dec 2007, 09:47    Post subject: fastest booting candidate  

The fastest-booting candidate for the eee is the 214R:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=24082

Use the boot parameter "pfix=noramsfs" (put it in syslinux.cfg).

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T_B

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PostPosted: Sat 01 Dec 2007, 13:10    Post subject:  

Nice.. but will Puppy recognize all eeepc hardware?
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tempestuous

Joined: 10 Jun 2005
Posts: 5216
Location: Australia

PostPosted: Thu 20 Dec 2007, 12:37    Post subject:  

ASUS Eee hardware is now fully supported by Puppy drivers, including:
wifi
ethernet
webcam
modem (modem is not installed as standard)

for Puppy v2.12-2.16 available here
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=161257#161257

and for Puppy 3.x available here
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=153643#153643

Forum member JustGreg has written a comprehensive Puppy installation HOWTO for the Eee -
http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?pid=58368#p58368
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nilla

Joined: 18 Sep 2006
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PostPosted: Thu 20 Dec 2007, 15:49    Post subject:  

Quote:
ASUS Eee hardware is now fully supported by Puppy drivers,


What about 800x480 resolution? Lack of out-of-the-box support for the EEE's native resolution is the only thing keeping Puppy from being the alternative distro of choice for the EEE. 640x480 is just too cumbersome on the EEE. Austrumi 1.60 and BackTrack3-beta both support 800x480 and look absolutely gorgeous on the EEE, much better than the stock Xandros-based system.
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Dec 2007, 21:59    Post subject:  

There must be a solution.

Forum member Hacao fixed the 800x480 problem for the Intel Classmate PC by providing an i915 Xorg driver here
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=149983#149983
and this might work with the Eee.
I had a look at Hacao's i915 driver now. It appears to be the i915 DRI (3D) driver from a RedHat Enterprise package ... this is not particularly compatible with Puppy Linux, so it might be better to use MU's "3D Control Centre" to install the i915 3D driver -
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=14463

... or something really basic to check is run
Code:
lsmod

and check that the "i915" module is listed. If it's not listed, then loading this module might allow the xorg.conf settings to be successfully changed to 800x480.
If the "i810" module is listed, this will need to be unloaded first, before the i915 module can be loaded.
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