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Puppy doesn't detect TrendNet Wireless Cardbus TEW-601PC
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puppywoof

Joined: 21 Dec 2013
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PostPosted: Sat 21 Dec 2013, 23:16    Post subject:  Puppy doesn't detect TrendNet Wireless Cardbus TEW-601PC  

Hi All,

I have an HP Pavilion ze4300 laptop with a Gig of RAM.

It doesn't have a built in wireless card.

It has a couple of PCMCIA slots.

For WiFi, in one of the PCMCIA slots, I have a TrendNet Wireless Cardbus TEW-601PC WiFi card.

If I boot my laptop up normally, it boots to Windows XP, and this card works fine.

When I boot to Puppy Linux, the LED's do not light up. And in the network connections I can't see this Wireless Card (I can only see my built-in ethernet).

I have the Windows driver for the card.

Please tell me what to do so that I can enable this wireless card from within Puppy Linux.

I've scoured various forums including these, but haven't been able to figure out.


P.S.: The TrendNet card is 32-bit Cardbus. In my PC Bios, there's no setting available to modify PCMCIA / Cardbus settings.
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Sun 22 Dec 2013, 01:02    Post subject:  

According to Google your TEW-601PC contains the recent Atheros "AR5005VL/AR5513" chipset,
and unfortunately this device currently has no native Linux driver available, as mentioned here -
https://wiki.debian.org/ath5k
Your only option is to try ndiswrapper.
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puppywoof

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PostPosted: Sun 22 Dec 2013, 02:10    Post subject:  

Thank you for replying!!

How does one go about trying ndiswrapper? Could you please point me to the appropriate instructions?
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puppywoof

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PostPosted: Sun 22 Dec 2013, 02:15    Post subject:  

Hold that thought !!!

I just tried ndiswrapper and the LEDs turned on ... let's see how this goes!!!


EDIT -- it worked!! And it's really fast considering the old specs on my laptop!!
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