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Old 06-21-2006, 11:17 AM   #1
ben1948
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Wireless Card and Sound Issues


I'm brand new to this forum and to Linux. I installed simplyMEPIS on my Fujitsu p-2110 (has a Transmeta processor) because some applications I want to run for my competitive Scrabble hobby won't run properly in my XP environment.

Installation was a breeze. Basic functions work as they should, email works fine, internet access by ethernet connection works fine.

I haven't figured out a couple of issues, despite investing several hours surfing the net and forums. The issues are common enough, and the answers are probably out there, but I just haven't found advice which is specific enough and complete enough for a Linux newbie like me. I really need step-by-step instructions.

Both of my questions are raised repeatedly elsewhere, and typically with successful conclusions it would seem.

First, I have been unable to get my wireless connection to work. I have a Netgear wg511T wireless card, which many posters say will work with Linux. Some say it has worked out of the box for a Mepis distro--it did not for me. Lots of posts about using madwifi ro ndiswrapper, etc., and I've tried following some of the directions I've found, but they all seem to assume knowledge I don't have or leave out steps. I really need idiot proof instructions starting from putting my card in the slot and following a step-by-step process from there. Assume zero knowledge on my part.

Second, I haven't been able to get the sound to work. I have checked the Kmix settings and they seem appropriate.
When I tried to play a movie, I got video for the previews, but not for the movie itself, and again, no sound.

I am experiencing what I would guess is a fairly typical level of frustration for a new Linux user and would greatly appreciate advice or being pointed to somewhere that gives comprehensive instructions.

If it would simplify the process, I would be more than happy to call a good Samaritan for assistance (you can email me privately about that).

Thanks,
Ben
 
Old 06-21-2006, 04:49 PM   #2
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Hi

Welcome to LQ. The wireless card you have seems to work with the ndsiwrapper, though I must tell you that I do not use it. There are instructions from another forum for your card here:

http://www.mepis.org/node/8914

For your sound problem, most likely it is because the alsa mixer settings are wrong. But, just to make sure it is recognized OK, open a terminal and change to root and run:

Quote:
lspci
The resulting output should show your sound hardware informaton. Then open a terminal (you do not have to be root) and type:

Quote:
alsamixer
This is a text graphic which you can set the sound volumes, etc. In most cases, sound is muted after a new install. Just make sure the master volume is unmuted and at the volume you want.

When you are trying to play a movie, you are trying to play an encrypted DVD and you need a file called lidvdcss (an open source decrytor). Mepis comes with a lot of non-free software, but I do not believe it included this file.

Hope this helps

Bob
 
Old 06-21-2006, 10:05 PM   #3
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Wireless Card and Sound

Thank you for your kind reply. But as with other things I've read, I don't know enough to fully understand what you say, and it appears that some steps are missing.

I had previously found the link you provided with the instructions for getting the WG511t to work and worked my way through the steps to the part about ESSID. I called my DSL tech support and they told me how to determine the ESSID, but when I typed that following iwconfig, it was not recognized. So I was stumped there on that.

I didn't know about alsamixer, but I followed your directions and got to it. Looking at the graphic, the master volume appeared to be on and set at a fairly high level. I used M to turn on a couple of other which were turned off and audio still won't play from a CD.

Once I get the file you said I need to play DVDs, where do I put it?
 
Old 06-22-2006, 01:22 AM   #4
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Hi

With all the searching you have done, and since I do not use wireless, I may not be much help in that area. I can tell you that I have been able to determine that you card does work (according to numerous sources) in Mepis with the madwifi kernel module. If you have not already discovered it, the madwifi kernel module can be installed via Synaptics. Just go to System>Package Manager. From the Synaptic GUI you will (on the left column) a selection of packages that are not installed. Madwifi kernel module is in that section. Just make sure you install the correct version for your kernel. Since you have a Transmeta processor, I am not sure what kernel version Mepis would have chosen during the install. To be sure, open a terminal and type:

Quote:
uname -r
That will tell you what kernel you have installed and you can choose the correct kernel module. Installing from Synaptics is very easy. Just tick the box next to it and follow the instructions. Ignore the warning about not being authenticated.

For your sound, since this is a laptop, you will have only one sound device. When you ran alsamixer, did it identify your sound device (top entry on the graphic)? Also, to make sure you have all the correct kernel modules installed, run this as root:

Quote:
lsmod
This is a listing of all installed modules. Look for entries that look similar to this:

Quote:
skge 72785 0
tulip 85633 0
snd_pcm 127049 3 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
dmfe 55141 0
i2c_nforce2 40769 0
i2c_core 57793 5 it87,eeprom,i2c_isa,nvidia,i2c_nforce2
snd_timer 60489 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd 97897 11 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd _timer
soundcore 44129 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 44753 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
Your entries will be different depending on your hardware. Also, just to again verify your sound device is recognized, in KMixer (I know you said the settings looked normal) check that your correct sound device is identified in the dialogue box in the top right corner.

Check whether or not you have system sound (i.e. little wave sounds for events). Do this in the KDE control center. Go to sound system and sure enable sound is checked. Then go to system notifications and test it.

After you have done all of this and if you still have no sound, I can only assume it is hardware related (highly unlikely).

Hope this helps

Bob
 
Old 06-22-2006, 01:26 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ben1948
I called my DSL tech support and they told me how to determine the ESSID, but when I typed that following iwconfig, it was not recognized. So I was stumped there on that.
What exactly did you type? It should have been something like "iwconfig wlan0 essid ESSID", obviously replacing wlan0 and ESSID with whatever your wireless interface and ESSID are.
 
Old 06-23-2006, 12:12 PM   #6
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Following up on Bob Nutfield's post:

1. Thanks to your help I was able to identify the kernel on my machine, 2.6.15-1-586tsc. The correct Madwifi kernels module IS installed.

2. Alsamixed correctly identified the sound device, as did Kmixer (although it was bottom right, not top right, and not part of a dialogue box, but rather next to a slider control).

3. The lsmod command resulted in the following:
Module Size Used by
binfmt misc 11016 1
parport pc 32580 0
lp 10820 0
parport 32712 2 parport_pc.lp
thermal 13576 0
processor 23360 1 thermal
fan 4868 0
button 6672 0
battery 9604 0
ac 4868 0
dm_mod 52024 0
md_mod 63700 0
ath_pci 70428 0
ath_rate_sample 14216 1 ath_pci
wlan 123804 2 ath_pci.ath_rate_sample
ath_hal 148432 2 ath_pci.ath_rate_sample
efficeon_agp 7712 0
sworks_agp 8864 0
amd_k7_agp 8204 0
ali_agp 6528 0
sis_agp 8452 0
ati_agp 7948 0
joydev 9152 0
nvidia_agp 7452 0
evdev 8960 0
ndiswrapper 149264 0
sbp2 21764 0
via_agp 9472 0
hostap_pci 50960 0
hostap 103300 1 hostap_pci
ieee80211_crypt 6016 1 hostap
rtc 12468 0
ohcil1394 31156 0
orinoco_pci 6912 0
orinoco 37524 1 orinoco_pci
hermes 7424 2 orinoco_pci.orinoco
8139cp 20224 0
intel_agp 20892 0
yenta_socket 25228 2
rsrc_nonstatic 12160 1 yenta_socket
pcmcia 36540 0
firmware_class 10240 1 pcmcia
psmouse 32644 0
pcspkr 2052 0
8139too 25856 0
mii 5248 2 8139cp.8139too
agpgart 31688 9
efficeon_agp.sworks_agp.amd_k7_agp.sis_agp.ati_agp.nvidia_agp.intel_agp
pcmcia core 38544 3 yenta_socket.rsrc_nonstatic.pcmcia
serio_raw 6788 0
p80211 28432 1
ohci_hcd 18820 0
snd_ali5451 22796 1
snd_ac97_codec 82976 1 snd_ali5451
snd_ac07_bus 2304 1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_pcm_oss 46496 0
snd_mixer_oss 17024 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm 80008 3 snd_ali5451.snd_ac97_codec.snd_pcm_oss
snd_timer 22660 1 snd_pcm
i2c_ali1535 6916 0
i2c_ali15x3 7300 0
i2c_core 19984 2 i2c_ali1535.i2c_ai15x3
snd 51300 8 snd_ali5451.snd_ac97_codec.snd_pcm_oss.snd_mixer_oss.snd_pcm.snd_timer
soundcore 9568 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 10248 1 snd_pcm


4. I went to sound system and enable sound was checked.
5. I went to system notifications, and under Actions: Play a sound, I clicked the arrow next to the box which said "KDE_Glass_break.ogg" and heard nothing.

Back to you, Bob. Do you think this means I have a hardware problem? If I do, is there anything I can do about it in a 2002 vintage machine?

Once again, thanks so much for your willingness to try to help me. I can live without the sound, or the ability to play audio CDs or DVDs, but I really would like to be able to get the wirless card to work. The ethernet connection works fine, but wireless would be better.

Cheers,
Ben
 
Old 06-23-2006, 12:29 PM   #7
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Following up to Nylex's post:

Thanks for your reply.

Here is the sequence I followed:

1. I copied the drivers from the CD which came with the card to Desktop
2. I opened Konsole and typed su
3. I typed cd Desktop (now in that directory)
4. I typed ndiswrapper -i netw511.inf , the response I got was netw511 is already installed (from the last time I went through this)
5. I typed ndiswrapper -m , the response was: modprobe config already contains alias directive
6. I typed modprobe -r ndiswrapper , after hitting enter I was returned to my prompt
7. I typed modprobe ndiswrapper , again after hitting enter I was returned to my prompt
8. I typed iwconfig wlan0 2wire902 , after hitting enter, the response was "Error : unrecognised wireless request "2wire902". 2wire902 is what my ISP said my ESSID was when I called them to get that information.

That is as far as I have gotten.

Ben
 
Old 06-23-2006, 12:33 PM   #8
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Again, it needs to be "iwconfig wlan0 essid 2wire902".
 
Old 06-23-2006, 02:50 PM   #9
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I have to admit everything have posted says sound should be working. The only thing I can think of is a speaker problem.. If you have an earphone jack, try headphones and see if there is any output. Obviously, if there is, it is a speaker problem. I know it is silly to suggest, but I had failed on one occassion to turn the hardware volume up on my laptop (usually a combination of a "function" key and the page up key, though some also simply have a wheel control). You might double check that. Sound is repairable from a hardware point of view, but be certain that that is the problem first.

One other suggestion would be to try a recent version of knoppix (live CD) to get a second opinion, as it were.

Nylex us a very experienced and capable poster on this forum. I must defer to his superior knowledge on the subject of wireless configuration.

Wish I could help more....

Bob
 
  


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