Presario 900 - Hidden 802.11b Wireless Card?

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Presario 900 - Hidden 802.11b Wireless Card?

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I have had my Compaq Presario 900 laptop essentially since it was released in 2002. For the entire time I've had the laptop, I've had to resort to using a PCMCIA wifi adapter, as I hadn't any indication that one was built in. It turns out that my presumption may have been wrong, as I discovered in this article.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mobile ... -p900.html

Some distance down the page is the following picture:
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This picture shows the top of the laptop with a panel (which I hadn't noticed before) removed. Beneath this panel is the antenna for an integrated wireless card. (!)

Furthermore, the driver list for my particular model (Presario 915US) has an XP driver for a "Compaq Wireless LAN Multiport W200" and a "Compaq 802.11b Multiport Module Software".

Unfortunately, this hidden card isn't automatically supported my Linux Mint 7. (Or Windows XP for that matter, but I don't want it on this machine.) Network Tools tells of an unsupported "pan0" device, which some prodding reveals is commonly either a bluetooth driver without a device, or vice versa. However, I can't find any mention of a Bluetooth device on the Presario 900 series notebooks.

Is pan0 another sign I have a hidden wireless card? Or is there a chance I will have to trace the antenna cables to the card itself in order to tell whether or not it is connected?
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Re: Presario 900 - Hidden 802.11b Wireless Card?

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Jesus - if I'm allowed to be a bit blasphemous
In a terminal run lspci and lsusb and see if you find a trace of it
Post here and do some googling yourself for the ID you hopefully arrive at
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Re: Presario 900 - Hidden 802.11b Wireless Card?

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Your response pretty much matches my own.

Taken without my cardbus wifi adapter installed.

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ian@ian-LM7-laptop ~ $ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc AGP Bridge [IGP 320M] (rev 13)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc PCI Bridge [IGP 320M] (rev 01)
00:02.0 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev 03)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: ALi Corporation M1533/M1535/M1543 PCI to ISA Bridge [Aladdin IV/V/V+]
00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: ALi Corporation M5451 PCI AC-Link Controller Audio Device (rev 02)
00:0a.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 02)
00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 20)
00:0c.0 Communication controller: Conexant Systems, Inc. HSF 56k HSFi Modem (rev 01)
00:0f.0 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev 03)
00:10.0 IDE interface: ALi Corporation M5229 IDE (rev c4)
00:11.0 Bridge: ALi Corporation M7101 Power Management Controller [PMU]
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility U1
ian@ian-LM7-laptop ~ $ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
No trace whatsoever. I don't know where to go from here.

Sorry for the late reply, I've been rather overcome by events as of late.

-Ian
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Re: Presario 900 - Hidden 802.11b Wireless Card?

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Is there a hidden switch too? :)
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Re: Presario 900 - Hidden 802.11b Wireless Card?

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Not readily accessible. If there is it's buried under the keyboard or palmrest somewhere - very inaccessible.
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Re: Presario 900 - Hidden 802.11b Wireless Card?

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I have had exactly the same experience as you. After 8 years of owning my Presario 900 I have only just realising that it might be capable of wireless connection! I am an XP user. Did you ever get yours to work or have you had to continue to use a card? Also, do you know if you turn wireless on and off using Function + F2?

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Re: Presario 900 - Hidden 802.11b Wireless Card?

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I have yet to get around to attempting to get it to function, as it would involve reinstalling XP on time I am quite simply finding hard to come by. If I do get around to taking another look, I will be sure to let you know how it goes!
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