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Old 01-17-2008, 03:04 PM   #1
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Another wireless question, please...


Hi every one,

I have an old PIII 500Mz toshiba satillite pro that I want to install puppy on, but I need wireless. The card is an ADDON GWK150 which apparently uses a Marvell chipset (Libertas). The Windows driver (MRV9335.inf) will not work. It seems to load the module (using live CD), but then responds with No New Network Interface found. I read in another post that this driver would not work and Ndiswrapper would work with MRC8000c.inf, which I downloaded and put on a floppy, and attempted to load it as before. Still no go, no response at all. I have read in a number of places that this chipset will work with Linux with Ndiswrapper, and Fedora even has a module for it (libertas.0).

Fedora is way too heavy duty to install on this old laptop and really would like to use Puppy to get some more life out of it. I could just find another card, I suppose, that Puppy already has drivers for, but would rather not go to the expense if I don't to.

Any help or ideas would be appreciated. If this card just isn't going to work with Puppy, can someone recommend a card that is dead certain to work with Puppy?

Many thanks

Bob
 
Old 01-22-2008, 01:17 PM   #2
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OK, didn't get any response to the first post about this, but was able to sort this card out with the help of two other users in the hardware forum. But, I must reconfigure the wireless card after each boot. The card works great using Ndiswrapper, but I was wondering if there is a way to save the Ndiswrapper module to load at boot rather than having to manually modprobe ndiswrapper every boot. Because of this, I have to scan the card and and reload the wireless router every time as well. I am hoping to configure some files so that the card works immediately after booting.

Does anyone know how to do this? I am booting Puppy 3.01 from a USB flash drive.

Any help appreciated.

Bob
 
Old 01-24-2008, 03:48 PM   #3
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modprobe at boot

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..... I must reconfigure the wireless card after each boot. The card works great using Ndiswrapper, but I was wondering if there is a way to save the Ndiswrapper module to load at boot rather than having to manually modprobe ndiswrapper every boot.
Hi - you could try editting /etc/rc.d/rc.local and add the modprobe command(s) there. See if that works.

Take a backup copy first!!!!

Nick

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rc.local will probably be too late - needs to be before the network is started.

I just had a look at a Puppy liveCD - note not an installed system where the wizards have run. Interesting way to do the initscripts.
If it were me, I'd add it to the bottom of /etc/rc.d/rc.modules. Just remember to fix this each time you get an update.
Have you checked the puppy site forums ??? There may be a better answer there.
 
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Have you checked the puppy site forums ??? There may be a better answer there.
That's the best answer as it's where the Puppy specialists and Developers lurk. The URL is http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/index.php

That forum was down for a while yesterday but is now back in business.

Nick
 
Old 01-25-2008, 02:14 PM   #6
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Thank you very much for both answers. I did get a script from the Puppy forum that sits on my desktop and starts the card with just a click after boot. But. I still have to go through the configure wizard each boot. Not a huge deal, really, but everything else works so well,I thought it would nice to have the card up and configured and ready to surf the net as soon as the desktop appears (just like it did in windows.) But trying different things to get it to do this is helping me to refresh my Linux knowledge (I am amazed by how much I forgot having been away from it for so long.)

Thank you very much for your help.

Bob
 
  


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