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Old 07-19-2012, 07:58 AM   #1
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Atheros ARBXB63 drivers? (Running Macpup 528 on an Asus Eee 4G)


Yes, well, ahem, another Linux distro stuffed up. This time, I have no motivation to install another distro.
The problem is this:
I have no wireless. Previously, while using a Network Manager, there were two options: Wlan0 and eth0. Now, there's just eth0.
I'm not mentioning any specific network managers as they all give me the same problem. I have searched for similar problems on the Puppy forums. None of the solutions on there made sense to me (either install a different distro or basically build a new Eiffel Tower from source code). So I have no wireless. I'm using an Ethernet Cable to use the Internet right now.

So then, I read that it is possible to compile your own drivers.
What I ask of you, O Gods of GNU/Linux, is this:
a) Tell me where I could find- and how to install- the driver(s) needed (the easiest method)
b) Compile a driver and give me a download link (Only if it's easy, don't want to waste people's time)
c) Tell me how to make a driver (BTW, I've never compiled anything before)

Thanks in advance, guys!
 
Old 07-20-2012, 01:19 AM   #2
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Not sure if your eeepc 701 is the same model as mine. Here is my email post to the developer of Macpup as I am a team member of that distro.

http://208.109.22.214/puppy/viewtopi...67d5896#633634

relevant info from wifi in my email to runtt21.

Quote:
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8187SE Wireless LAN Controller driver: r8180
IF: wlan0 state: up
Quote:
Simple Network Manager on this 701SD fails to connect. I used Dougals instead
which works OK. Just glad the module loads/in the kernel for Realtek RTL8187SE chip on this
eeepc 701SD. Short test. I'm beat/tired runt21. Hope these tests help you.
Let me know if you need any other info.
If this is a frugal install of Macpup on your 701. Install grub4dos boot manager (it is in the menu) so you get a run Macpup in ram boot option.

Or, type
Code:
puppy pfix=ram
if normal grub is installed at the grub boot screen. When it boots up. Find and delete your personal save file in /mnt/home. Delete your personal save file as it may be corrupted maybe because you say

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have no wireless. Previously, while using a Network Manager, there were two options: Wlan0 and eth0. Now, there's just eth0.
That way you can start from scratch again with a new save file. Then reboot. Connect with Dougals Network Manager. Save profile, and dhcp settings for next reboot. There should be no need to install, compile, or build a driver for a eeepc 701 as far as I know in Macpup as the .ko module driver for the eeepc 701 comes included in the kernel.

Edit: In case you wish to install inxi in Macpup. Here is a old how to I made.

http://yatsite.blogspot.com/2010/03/...in-macpup.html

Last edited by rokytnji; 07-20-2012 at 01:28 AM.
 
Old 07-20-2012, 01:41 AM   #3
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Took awhile for me to find it. But here is my test run on my eeepc 900 that uses a atheros wireless chipset. What I said about frugal install still applies though.

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Booted up now on my EEEPC 900. Specs Below.

Sound Works including mic after adjusting
settings in alsamixer. Recorded mic with mhwavedit.
Mouse Tap works.
Headphone jack works.
Tried LCD Brightness hotkeys f3 and f4. No change. I guess it is a
little much to expect hotkey support for eeepcs in Puppy Kernel: 2.6.33.2 i686 (32 bit)
No biggy for me. Just posting for info.

I installed Java and Flash 11 again. Installed inxi again as you can see. Installed xorg_high pet via quickpet
also. Made a 512MB save file on 4 gig pendrive named eeepc900. I did not make
a save file yesterday for the Asus Desktop I left you feedback on.

Hulu TV works. I had to run alsamixer again though to turn up master volume
after a reboot. All my other changes with mic were saved though except fro capture
slider.

I rebooted,
to enable the new intel driver. xrandr and glxgear readout to show the specifics
after installing xorg_high pet. First boot before save done. I used Barrys
simple network connection wizard for connecting wlan0. No problemo connecting.
Rebooting however my connection was not saved even though I made a save file.

So this time I used Dougals connection wizard instead to connect to wlan0.
No problemo again when done. Firefox loaded up ok.

I have to go and make the donuts for today. So Happy trails,Rok


sh-4.1# inxi -F
System: Host: puppypc Kernel: 2.6.33.2 i686 (32 bit)
Desktop Enlightenment 0.16.999.62861 Distro: macpup Linux
Linux 2.6.33.2 [i686 arch]
Machine: System: ASUSTeK (portable) product: 900 version: 0405 serial: EeePC-1234567890
Mobo: ASUSTeK model: 900 version: x.xx serial: EeePC-0123456789
Bios: American Megatrends version: 0601 date: 05/26/2008
CPU: Single core Intel Celeron M (-UP-) cache: 512 KB flags: (nx sse sse2) clocked at 899.922 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller
X.org: 1.7.6 drivers: intel (unloaded: vesa) tty size: 80x24 Advanced Data: N/A for root
Audio: Card: Intel 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller driver: HDA Intel
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: 1.0.21
Network: Card-1: Atheros L2 Fast Ethernet driver: atl2
IF: eth0 state: down speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: 00:1f:c6:6c:dc:85
Card-2: Atheros AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) driver: ath5k
IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 00:15:af:92:e9:84
Drives: HDD Total Size: 24.2GB (2.0% used) 1: /dev/sda ASUS 4.0GB
2: /dev/sdb ASUS 16.1GB 3: /dev/sdc SanDisk_Cruzer 4.1GB
Partition: ID: / size: 1010M used: 250M (25%) fs: rootfs
Sensors: Error: You do not have the sensors app installed.
Info: Processes: 76 Uptime: 32 min Memory: 120.3/2018.2MB Client: Shell

After xorg_high intel graphics driver install (reboot required)


1691 frames in 5.0 seconds
1671 frames in 5.0 seconds
1714 frames in 5.0 seconds

sh-4.1# xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1024 x 600, maximum 4096 x 4096
VGA1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
LVDS1 connected 1024x600+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
1024x600 59.5*+
800x600 85.1 72.2 75.0 60.3 56.2
640x480 85.0 72.8 75.0 59.9
720x400 85.0
640x400 85.1
640x350 85.1



 
Old 07-20-2012, 03:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for your help, I'll give it a go now!
 
Old 07-20-2012, 05:30 PM   #5
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Oh my god. Well, nothing that you suggested worked, and it was all my fault. The good news is, Wlan0 works now.
Hehe... well the hotkey do activate or deactivate Wlan is disabled on macpup so I naturally assumed it would be activated... a suspicion creeped up on me, and I checked the BIOS settings. And the Wireless was disabled. So it wasn't a driver error at all.
Thank you for your effort, I'm sure it would have helped if it was a driver problem!
 
  


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