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How to use USB wireless adapter in 4.3?
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danxaz

Joined: 18 Feb 2012
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PostPosted: Sat 18 Feb 2012, 19:23    Post subject:  How to use USB wireless adapter in 4.3?  

I'm running puppy 4.3 from a live cd. It works great but when I plug in my Wireless USB Adapter nothing happens. I have the driver cd that came with the adapter and it has linux drivers on it but I don't really know what to do with them. Can someone help please. BTW, I copied the cd to a flash drive and plugged it into my computer since my cd drive is being used by the live cd. The flash drive shows up and I can access all the folders but don't know where to go from there. Thanks.

Also, I have Windows XP on this computer and it's super slow. Puppy is much faster.
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Semme

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Feb 2012, 19:46    Post subject:  

Hi Danxaz, welcome! Pup phaster than XP? Easily!

USB plugged.. open a terminal'n enter: dmesg | grep -i network and let's see what you've got there..
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muggins

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Feb 2012, 20:05    Post subject:  

Quote:
since my cd drive is being used by the live cd


If you had 256M RAM the CD drive should be available.


Quote:
but when I plug in my Wireless USB Adapter nothing happens


You give no info on the ID of the device. If you run Menu>System>HardInfo>USB, what is the adapter's vendorID & productID?
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danxaz

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Feb 2012, 22:16    Post subject:  

Semme wrote:
Hi Danxaz, welcome! Pup phaster than XP? Easily!

USB plugged.. open a terminal'n enter: dmesg | grep -i network and let's see what you've got there..


Doing that right now. Forgot to say, the lights on the adapter don;t blink at all as they do on my Windows machine. It's like its totally dead.
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danxaz

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Feb 2012, 22:18    Post subject:  

[quote="muggins"]
Quote:
since my cd drive is being used by the live cd


If you had 256M RAM the CD drive should be available.


I only have 128mb. Its an old machine. IBM Thinkpad i series.
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danxaz

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Feb 2012, 22:23    Post subject:
Subject description: Vendor and Product ID
 

Vendor ID:

0xbda

Product ID:

0x8176
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danxaz

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Feb 2012, 22:27    Post subject:  

I got nothing when I entered "dmesg | grep -i network" in terminal
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danxaz

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PostPosted: Sun 19 Feb 2012, 11:12    Post subject:
Subject description: Anyone?
 

Any suggestions?
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pemasu


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PostPosted: Sun 19 Feb 2012, 17:32    Post subject:  

rtl8188 could be the direction to go.
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danxaz

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PostPosted: Sun 19 Feb 2012, 19:00    Post subject:  

pemasu wrote:
rtl8188 could be the direction to go.


Sorry. I'm a total newbie. I don't really know what you mean. If possible can you give detailed instruction. Thanks soo much!

P.S. I really, really want to be a Linux guy. i just need some direction.
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muggins

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PostPosted: Mon 20 Feb 2012, 01:39    Post subject:  

Well, as pointed out by Pemasu, it seems you need the 8192cu driver, which also covers rtl8188cu. Unfortunately I couldn't get the driver to compile, (on p431).

Is there any reason why you couldn't try a newer pupversion? e.g. if you tried any of the lucid series Tempestuous has the driver for lucid here:

8192cu-k2.6.33.2.pet

Also, having 128M RAM, have you created a swap file, or swap partition?
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danxaz

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PostPosted: Mon 20 Feb 2012, 09:55    Post subject:  

Ok will try that. Couldn't get Slako to work, though so we'll see. Thanks!
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danxaz

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PostPosted: Mon 20 Feb 2012, 10:22    Post subject:  

If t works, how to I install the driver and make it work? Detailed, step-by-step instruction would be great!
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pemasu


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PostPosted: Mon 20 Feb 2012, 10:49    Post subject:  

I have compiled 8192cu about week ago for dpup exprimo with 2.6.39.4 kernel...it was effort for one user.
It wont hurt if I post the pet here.
To install these pet packaged drivers. Install the pet and the driver might be immediately loaded. Due to pinstall.sh script inside driver pet. But rebooting is sometimes needed.

My pet does not work with Lucid Puppies. They have different, older kernel.
realtek-usb-8192cu-k2.6.39.4.pet
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danxaz

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PostPosted: Mon 20 Feb 2012, 16:19    Post subject:  

Loaded PET. It said it was loaded successfully. Still nothing happening with usb adapter (no lights blinking or anyting) Still dead. This is gettig frustrating. Can't go the Linux route if I can;t even connect to Internet. It's goota be easier than this, or whats the point?
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