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Hello all, I am trying to resurrect an old Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop with 256MB, so I put Slacko Puppy on it, which works fine. But I haven't been able ...
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- 07-07-2012 #1
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- Jul 2012
[SOLVED] Netgear wifi just barely working
I am trying to resurrect an old Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop with 256MB, so I put Slacko Puppy on it, which works fine. But I haven't been able to get the wireless to connect, which is the main thing I wanted it for.
The card is recognized, lights flash properly, sees the network, and on rare occasions will connect - but it's like the routers giving it the cold shoulder, not talking to it. Puppy sends out lots of pings and only gets the occasional response. I only get about 10% reply rate on a ping test, sometimes less. It actually loaded mozilla.org one time, but it was verry slow and dropped before I could load another page. Just getting an IP address from the router takes a long time, and often fails.
I have the output requested on the "wireless start here"' page, which follows.
============ lspci ============ 00:00.0 Host bridge : Intel Corporation 82815 815 Chipset Host Bridge and Memory Controller Hub [8086:1130] (rev 04) Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel 00:01.0 PCI bridge : Intel Corporation 82815 815 Chipset AGP Bridge [8086:1131] (rev 04) 00:1e.0 PCI bridge : Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev 03) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge : Intel Corporation 82801BAM ISA Bridge (LPC) [8086:244c] (rev 03) 00:1f.1 IDE interface : Intel Corporation 82801BAM IDE U100 Controller [8086:244a] (rev 03) Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device [8086:4541] Kernel driver in use: ata_piix 00:1f.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB Controller #1 [8086:2442] (rev 03) Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device [8086:4541] Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller : nVidia Corporation NV11 [GeForce2 Go] [10de:0112] (rev b2) Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:00e6] Kernel driver in use: nouveau 02:03.0 Multimedia audio controller : ESS Technology ES1983S Maestro-3i PCI Audio Accelerator [125d:1998] (rev 10) Subsystem: Dell ES1983S Maestro-3i (Dell Inspiron 8100) [1028:00e6] Kernel driver in use: snd_maestro3 02:06.0 Ethernet controller : 3Com Corporation 3c556 Hurricane CardBus [Cyclone] [10b7:6055] (rev 10) Subsystem: 3Com Corporation Device [10b7:6456] Kernel driver in use: 3c59x 02:06.1 Communication controller : 3Com Corporation Mini PCI 56k Winmodem [10b7:1007] (rev 10) Subsystem: 3Com Corporation Mini PCI 56K Modem [10b7:615b] 02:0f.0 CardBus bridge : Texas Instruments PCI4451 PC card Cardbus Controller [104c:ac42] Subsystem: Dell PCI4451 PC card CardBus Controller (Inspiron 8100) [1028:00e6] Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus 02:0f.1 CardBus bridge : Texas Instruments PCI4451 PC card Cardbus Controller [104c:ac42] Subsystem: Dell PCI4451 PC card CardBus Controller (Inspiron 8100) [1028:00e6] Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus 02:0f.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Texas Instruments PCI4451 IEEE-1394 Controller [104c:8027] Subsystem: Dell PCI4451 IEEE-1394 Controller (Dell Inspiron 8100) [1028:00e6] Kernel driver in use: firewire_ohci 07:00.0 Ethernet controller : Atheros Communications Inc. Atheros AR5001X+ Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0013] (rev 01) Subsystem: Netgear WG511T 108 Mbps Wireless PC Card (rev.A/B) [1385:4b00] Kernel driver in use: ath5k ============ lsusb ============ Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub Bus 001 Device 038: ID 0461:4d64 Primax Electronics, Ltd Bus 001 Device 036: ID 0781:5530 SanDisk Corp. ============ lsmod ============ Module Size Used by ch7006 13961 1 nouveau 537585 2 drm_kms_helper 17455 2 ch7006,nouveau ttm 36543 1 nouveau drm 119536 5 ch7006,nouveau,drm_kms_helper,ttm mxm_wmi 993 1 nouveau wmi 5863 1 mxm_wmi i2c_algo_bit 3600 1 nouveau i2c_core 12559 5 ch7006,nouveau,drm_kms_helper,drm,i2c_algo_bit fan 1714 0 arc4 978 2 snd_maestro3 11568 0 snd_ac97_codec 76936 1 snd_maestro3 ac97_bus 702 1 snd_ac97_codec snd_pcm_oss 27363 0 snd_mixer_oss 9846 1 snd_pcm_oss snd_pcm 46865 3 snd_maestro3,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss snd_page_alloc 4685 1 snd_pcm snd_seq_dummy 907 0 snd_seq_oss 19155 0 snd_seq_midi 3248 0 snd_seq_midi_event 3636 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi snd_rawmidi 11838 1 snd_seq_midi ath5k 110457 0 mac80211 135762 1 ath5k snd_seq 32220 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event ath 10422 1 ath5k cfg80211 113722 3 ath5k,mac80211,ath rfkill 9954 1 cfg80211 snd_seq_device 3541 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq snd_timer 11743 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq snd 32906 10 snd_maestro3,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_timer soundcore 3321 1 snd evdev 5816 1 firewire_ohci 21551 0 firewire_core 34504 1 firewire_ohci 3c59x 25376 0 intel_agp 7956 1 intel_gtt 9113 1 intel_agp pcspkr 1195 0 agpgart 17874 4 ttm,drm,intel_agp,intel_gtt shpchp 17907 0 ppdev 4074 0 video 9383 1 nouveau button 3275 1 nouveau battery 8263 0 thermal 6162 0 parport_pc 18236 0 parport 20315 2 ppdev,parport_pc processor 20513 1 thermal_sys 9722 4 fan,video,thermal,processor ac 2293 0 hwmon 965 1 thermal_sys fuse 47599 2 aufs 119852 52 squashfs 18852 1 yenta_socket 16011 0 floppy 40861 0 ============ dmesg-firmware ============ ============ kernel version ============ 3.1.10-slacko_4gA ============ ifconfig ============ eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:04:76:50:E4:51 UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B) Interrupt:10 Base address:0xec00 lo Link encap:Local Loopback inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0 UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1 RX packets:1189 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:1189 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 RX bytes:120923 (118.0 KiB) TX bytes:120923 (118.0 KiB) wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:09:5B:98:9C:53 UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:1698 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:2536 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:152808 (149.2 KiB) TX bytes:298976 (291.9 KiB) ============ iwconfig ============
Just to speed things up, here's what I know so far:
- Card is Netgear WG511T, chipset Atheros AR5001X (from code posted above)
- ath5k driver doesn't specifically support this chip #.
- it seems to be working better than most folks posting problems; we are in fact talking with the router over wireless! Just not very reliably, and not enough to support a connection.
- when I am lucky enough to get an IP address I can ping Google and Yahoo with ~700ms or more delay, and high packet loss.
- Not out of range. The signal is good enough to support a connection, and its no better sitting right by the router.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
Last edited by kymetro9999; 07-08-2012 at 12:54 PM. Reason: solved
- 07-07-2012 #2
Hello and Welcome!
I've not used Slacko. So my help might be limited.
But ath5k is rather outdated. That chipset is batter supported by ath9k.
Not an easy fix, but this page might help.
- 07-07-2012 #3
Here is something that might help or not.
Puppy Linux Discussion Forum :: View topic - Toshiba Satellite Pro L20 with Atheros 2413 wifi bug fix
last post kinda bothers me though
not sure if anyone has succeeded in getting it working on Slacko. . .
Puppy Linux Discussion Forum :: View topic - Lighthouse Pup 5.03 203M Wine 1.3.14 (not being maintained)
Because it works well on my IBM A22 M new/old laptop I received. 800 mhz processor. 256MB of ram. 7 gig hardrive. Same wireless chip and driver as yours. My wireless card is a Dlink WNA 1330 pcmcia carbus.
I have removed opera as default browser in that Lighthouse Puppy install and am running Flash 11.1 (anything later fails on low spec pcs). Plus latest java also.
SeaMonkey 2.6.1 ,Firefox 9.0.1,LightHouse,503,Frugal Install,Flashplayer&Plugins « Puppy Linux Help & Forum
The post is 6months old so I have updated stuff since then.
If wanting a tweaked version of slack0. You might to look at
PuppEX 2012, A remaster of Puppy Linux Slacko 5.3.1 « Puppy Linux Help & Forum
By the way. Howdy and Welcome.
Edit: just saw your post Jay. I think Slack0 5.3.3 comes with a newer kernel and the ath9k driver also.
- 07-07-2012 #4
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- Jul 2012
Hi rokytnji and jayd512, thanks for the welcome. Newbie to Linux as you can tell.
The only reason I picked slacko - it's currently at the top of the page on Puppylinux.org, under "download latest release". It's the first one I saw, didn't even scroll down, didn't think about multiple variants, just figured that was *the* Puppy distro.
So now I see Lucid Puppy further down, Wary on another page. Any others that might be what I want? Mostly looking for light web browsing (parts lookup) and a music player for the workshop. Will give Lucid a shot next.
Hoping a more mainstream release will have the new driver preinstalled, because plugging it into ethernet will be a hassle. Old machine, broken screen means ext. monitor, no battery life, etc. It's more of a desktop machine with all the peripherals.
OK, off to get Lucid Puppy and will report back!
EDIT: rokytnji, I am using that version, 5.3.3 Slacko. If it has the ath9k driver, it chose not to use it. I will verify whether it's there or not.
- 07-07-2012 #5
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- Jul 2012
OK, I just verified that ath9k is included in the Slacko build. Why isn't it loading if it's better than the ath5k?
Will try forcing it to load the ath9k and see if that helps.
- 07-07-2012 #6
ath5k is still a default working driver for many wireless adapters.
While athk9 is a bit newer and still slightly untested for others.
Hence, the default loading.
Let us know how your test goes.
- 07-07-2012 #7
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- Jul 2012
OK, ath9k is a no-go for this card. After these commands:
sudo modprobe -r ath5k sudo modprobe ath9k lsmod
Quick reversal and we're back to square one:
sudo modprobe -r ath9k sudo modprobe ath5k lsmod
Lucid Pup in 10 minutes...
- 07-07-2012 #8
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- Jul 2012
Lucid Puppy is no better, different tool set, defaulted to ath5k as expected. I tried ath9k and got nothing. ath5k works - except that it wont talk with the router. I think I've hit a rabbit trail, the driver is fine, card seems OK, must be something else not working. Maybe the router doesn't like Linux?
- 07-08-2012 #9
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- Jul 2012
Solved! Rebooted the router with Puppy machine running and now all is well. Internet is working great! Thanks for all your help.
- 07-08-2012 #10
And here I was looking through various webpages for a fix!
You've just gotta love it when the solution is right there in front of you!
Glad you got it working!
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