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wifi laptop driver fails to load
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PostPosted: Thu 30 Jun 2005, 14:59    Post subject:  wifi laptop driver fails to load  

gigafast wf721-aex trying to load rtl8139.c on a laptop.
By default it keeps loading the driver for the wired adapter and. It finds the controoller at.

pci device 10ec:8180 (Rev 32).

How do I get it to load, (or list) a custom driver? I had no problem with it finding the tulip driver that I loaded from my usb pen drive but it dosn't see this one at all.
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PostPosted: Thu 30 Jun 2005, 15:44    Post subject: Forgot to log in  

Yup, ^ That was my question.
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PostPosted: Thu 30 Jun 2005, 15:47    Post subject:  

Puppy has a lot of problems with wireless. Rather than bust your head against a wall, maybe wait for Puppy 1.0.4?

If you're determined to try anyway, look under Wireless here.
(And if you get it to work, please post how you did it.) Smile
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PostPosted: Thu 30 Jun 2005, 16:37    Post subject:  

I have ndiswrapper on my libranet 3.0 machine but it only runs in admin menu, go figure.

I bought this card after reading reviews on newegg. Said it worked well with the ndis drivers. My Puppy is already about 6 months old, maybe I should get a new one. (That sounds terrible).

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jul 2005, 02:16    Post subject:  

Check this out.........right down towards the bottom.......download the file unatr it so you have Yes it does say linksys but the pci id's are the same

uses the same chipset as in belkins F5D6001 (pci adapter) and F5D6020 (CardBus pcmcia adapter)....realtek 8180 about the only drivers that work properly are the ones from realtek which are the ones in the archive

/etc/ndiswrapper/net810

Then go forth and read the wiki about wireless....



http://www.murga.org/%7Epuppy/viewtopic.php?t=860
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jul 2005, 17:24    Post subject:  

I have no idea what I am doing wrong but I can't for the life of me get that driver to load. I have tried extracting it into different directorys and pointing to them with no luck,

Does it make any difference that this is "Hard Puppy" ? I did a partial install of another distro to get grub on the drive, modified grub and boot directly to Puppy.

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jul 2005, 18:13    Post subject:  

do you have this directory structure after extracting the files


/etc/ndiswrapper/net8180 ?


This is the only way it will work
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jul 2005, 22:45    Post subject:  

Says failed to load driver when I use
/etc/ndiswrapper/net8180
There is a folder named net8180 with 4 files inside so I also tried,
/etc/ndiswrapper/net8180/net8180

I have tried several other simmilar drivers and they also fail to load. I have no problem with the wired card and I loaded the tulip driver directly from my usb pen drive. Just mounted it and chose /mnt/tulip.c

Maybe I should try loading it when I am running on the cdrom drive.
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2005, 12:05    Post subject:  

I plugged in the wired card and left the wireless in the other slot and Puppy sees 2 alive connections.

It won't go to the load a driver part of setup while there is a connection. Is this correct?

iwconfig does not see it as active, only wlan. Guess I should take the advice and wait for 1.04 Smile

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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2005, 17:53    Post subject:  

ok


in rxvt

#modprobe ndiswrapper


no options are required

#iwconfig

the output will give you a clue as to whether the driver loaded correctly

Now you know all your wireless parameters don't you ?

now run iwconfig to set your wireless options

#iwconfig --help
will give you a list of available options....theres is no wpa available yet

See the Puppy Linux wiki for more info, search the forums, there is a search function as this has been discussed numerous times
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