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LPLinuxIO 07-24-2010 03:38 PM

Lucid Puppy - Installing Wireless Driver
Greetings and Salutations,

I have Lucid Puppy installed to HD. I'm setting up this little box to take over WinME for Mum and it needs to connect via wireless to the network.

To that end, I have installed a Texas Instruments ACX 111 card. My experience with Linux is limited to working with package managers, and my research has been a little confusing since I'm not sure what would work with what.

Any help would be appreciated, :hattip: since this is WinME, you can understand my strong desire to get this thing working :Pengy:

Drakeo 07-24-2010 07:40 PM

use your connect button on the desk top and you should see it wlan0 choose it . now configure your connection per step by step as it asks youy and tells you. The ACX 111 card the driver for this has been in the linux kernel for a few years. so that means you already have the driver installed.

LPLinuxIO 07-24-2010 08:42 PM

No dice -

There is no wlan0. Under SNS details, it says there are no wireless extensions detected. I'm reasonably certain the card works since lspci sees it.

Kenny_Strawn 07-24-2010 10:57 PM

Found this document while Googling:

See if it helps, as the latest Puppy is based on Ubuntu.

Drakeo 07-25-2010 12:11 AM

the driver for it is in /lib/modules/all-firmware .
read this link if it is running in 4.31 it will run in yours.

it seems the native driver is there just the puppy wifi manager is not seeing it.

My wireless card is recognised, but I'm getting a message saying that WPA is not supported.

Yes, that's the fault of Puppy's Network Wizard not keeping up with newer (or uncommon) wifi drivers.
The Linux acx-mac80211 driver is, in fact, WPA-compatible. You just need to modify the Network Wizard's configuration file to define the acx-mac80211 driver as WPA-compatible.

Open /usr/sbin/ in Geany. At line 323 you will see this - Code:
ath5k*|b43|b43legacy|bcm43xx) CARD_WPA_DRV="wext" ;;

To the start of that line add "acx*|" (without quotation marks) so it looks like this - Code:
acx*|ath5k*|b43|b43legacy|bcm43xx) CARD_WPA_DRV="wext" ;;

Now run the Network Wizard and you should be good.

I just caution that the acx-mac80211 driver never achieved full maturity, so it may be less than stable, especially with WPA encryption.
The harsh reality is that TI ACX wifi devices are not an ideal choice under Linux.

Kenny_Strawn 07-25-2010 11:11 AM

According to this post, you can edit the Puppy Network Wizard's configuration file to recognize the ACX driver as being WPA or WEP-compatible. Just be cautious.

LPLinuxIO 07-25-2010 02:42 PM

Adding acx*| didn't help.

Attempting to build the driver. I couldn't find the kernel-headers (or source, whichever).I went ahead and installed apt-get but it didn't work either. I do have make and gcc installed.

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