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Perhaps I misspoke.
The 2.16.may have had Wifi support; it wasn't obvious. There were however lots and lots of supported dialup modems.
I believe that PUPPEEE (my first exposure to Puppy) was a 3 series. It was the one that convinced me that this would be the way to go. It worked flawlessly on my tiny EEE-PC.
I'm running Slacko on desktop as well-- it has a wired Ethernet connection; not a problem.
Back to the matter at hand, though. The 4.1 boots and mounts my hard drive. But when I try "Connect" it doesn't see the D-link DWL-650 WiFi adapter. Yes, it's an old 8-bit PCMCIA adapter, and I guard it with my life. I have the driver disk, though, and I had hoped to use Ndiswrapper with it. Ndiswrapper is still a bit unstable in 4.1, it seems. When I try to use it, it hangs.
The process is:
Select the NDiswrapper tab
some kerchunking on the CD Drive and an explanation about finding the .INF file and a search page.
There is a message that the "last directory was not found" and I click OK
(this may be the problem. I don't know.)
Then the dialog/query -- to locate the .INF file shows up.
--->>> at this point the connect routine hangs <<<<<<<<<<----
there seems to be a dialog about "finding the INF" on the screen, but the connect script is stuck. Puppy is still alive, though. I can start a console and using PS, I can find the script. When I kill the script puppy is alive and kicking. I can do nearly anything else, but if I try to "connect" again, the exact same thing happens.
Perhaps I'm not waiting long enough. I lost patience after about 3 minutes.
Also, the screen about finding the driver was no longer refreshing. this made me believe it was hung.
It might be useful to add the driver to the puppy filesystem before I start. I don't know where it should go. Or point the "last directory" to a real directory.
I'm suspecting that I have a "not ready for prime time" Ndiswrapper... is there a more capable place to get a puppy friendly one that is more up to date? Or any other clue you can give me? (Yes, I'm pretty clueless)
I'm quite impressed with Puppy, and I'd hoped that Wary would be my salvation. I'll be happy when the 4.1 barks wirelessly, though.
I apologize. I'm quoting most error messages/puppy versions/part numbers from imperfect memory. The DWL-650 is correct, it is sitting right here. I know it works, windows finds it, and connects with it. But the best windows can do is be windows.
I haven't actually worked on the system today; it's recovering from turkey.
But I'm not "installed" yet-- I've been running off CD.
I have a swap partition about 1.5 GB, and during boot puppy finds it and does a "swapon" to it. When I go to the console and type "free" there is over a gig still unused. While running, the display of remaining ram shows approximately 339 Meg free. (lower right next to the battery monitor and the usage graph.)
I have a 2 GB ext2 partition, let me try to install there and I'll use the CD to boot puppy. I'll use the "cheat codes" that you used for the grub install and hopefully I'll see a difference. I'm not going to fiddle with the boot sector until I get something running because I'm trying to preserve the WIN98 that already exists on the system.
Let me check this and I'll report back.
Thank you for the direction to attempt.
Last edited by Wobbly127; 11-25-2011 at 10:38 AM.
Reason: Sorry- misspelled your name