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List of supported PCI wireless cards?

Post by Telkwa » Mon Dec 25, 2006 8:15 pm

Hi, everyone!
First post. A friend is trying out Dapper on a desktop PC that has a PCI wireless card installed. They have a wireless router. When jacked into the router directly the PC will go online. But Ubuntu didn't recognize the PCI wireless card.

We haven't tried to hack the problem with ndiswrapper or whatever.

I'll see him tomorrow. Can anyone turn me on to a list of PCI cards that Mint supports outta the box?

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Re: List of supported PCI wireless cards?

Post by scorp123 » Mon Dec 25, 2006 8:58 pm

Telkwa wrote:Can anyone turn me on to a list of PCI cards that Mint supports outta the box?
Download LinuxMint 2.1 "Bea" and burn it onto CD. Then please boot the PC in question with that CD and try to reach e.g. this web page: http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/
Follow the instructions there, e.g. type this command into a terminal window:

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sudo lspci -n
and copy and paste the output of this command into the web page above. This should tell you if your devices are supported or not. If they're supported the page will even tell you the name of the kernel modules (= drivers) that are needed and it's just a question of loading them.

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Post by Telkwa » Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:07 am

Thanks, scorp -
You mean run the CD Live, right?
That's a neat link, never saw that before!

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Post by Telkwa » Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:12 am

Hi, clem -
Thanks for sending the link. I'd already spotted that thread. He's got a Belkin F5D80001, with an Atheros - um - $#&@* it I forgot the chipset #. Anyways, Mike (our friend) maintains the computers and the network where he works. He's green at Linux, but much more competent with PC's as a whole (especially networking!) than I am.
We hosed his Ubuntu install and replaced it with Mint. He likes the blue :)
Went into Network Tools, the wireless card wasn't even there. Mike had done some homework and already knew about Mint's Windows Wireless function. He found it, and we got to the part where it says "Plug in the .inf file" I was going "Huh?" but he knew what he wanted to do next. Went back into XP, where his wireless connection works just fine, and found a thread regarding his Belkin. It described the "ath4615.inf" (or something like that) file so Mike found his way into Belkin's setup files and copied that .inf to a thumb drive. Back to Mint, dropped the .inf file into the slot, and now the wireless card shows up in Networking. Mike enabled it, plugged in his codes (I was lost at that part - no experience with wireless config) then he went downstairs and set the router to some sort of "broadcast" function that you're supposed to use when establishing a connection, but nothing happened.
At this point I don't know if the configuration is right but some setting is wrong, or if we need a better .inf file, or what. I'm scrounging for any leads on this. Have e-mailed Mike links from the Ubuntu Forums on general wireless setup stuff.
If anyone knows a good wireless troubleshooting link I'd sure appreciate it!

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Post by clem » Fri Dec 29, 2006 7:01 pm

I can only recommend to follow the steps from mintWifi. So ok he tried his own inf file... fair enough. Tell him to try without encryption, and to manually configure the card using iwconfig. Please paste the result here so we can troubleshoot.

If he needs a better inf file, he needs to find his PCI ID, and then have a look at the long list of drivers that comes with mintWifi...

PS: Also, once he found the one that works for him, if he tells us his PCI ID and a link to the right inf file, we'll make his card work through mintWifi directly in the next release.

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Post by Telkwa » Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:02 pm

Thanks, clem -
I really appreciate you taking the time to help. I've been dinking around with Ubuntu for about a year, but completely unfamiliar with Mint's features and with wireless in general.

Could you please tell me what "PCI ID" is, and how we'd get it? I know about the "lspci" command, but I don't think that's what you're talking about.

And where's MintWiFi? Is that something on the distro itself?

That would be awesome if we could get the right info to you and have the card supported on the next release!

I'll look for some directions for iwconfig. Not familiar with that either.

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Post by scorp123 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:15 am

Telkwa wrote:Could you please tell me what "PCI ID" is, and how we'd get it?
http://linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2310#2310

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Post by clem » Sat Dec 30, 2006 8:54 am

mintWifi describes and explain all of that. In Linux Mint 2.1 there are many ways to access mintWifi:

- open firefox. If you haven't changed the default start page, read through.. there's a link to mintWifi.

- open your Home folder. Go in Documents. There's a shortcut to mintWifi.

- open firefox and write file:///usr/lib/linuxmint/mintWifi/index.html

- open nautilus (the file explorer) and go to /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintWifi then double click on index.html

mintWifi will tell you what a PCI ID is, how to find it... and where to find the driver corresponding to it. If you're lucky you won't even need to connect to the internet.

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Post by mroseberry » Wed Jan 03, 2007 3:18 pm

I'm running "Bea" and I have installed a Hawking HWPG1 which has a PCI ID of 1814:0301 which is not on the list of supported devices and I am unable to find a Linux driver for this model elsewhere.

The drivers are installed by running an .exe. I tried running it on a XP system and searching for .inf files modified the same day but the only hit didn't help when I transfered it by thumb drive to the system running Mint.

Is there a way I can make it work, or am I S.O.L.?

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Post by scorp123 » Wed Jan 03, 2007 3:52 pm

mroseberry wrote: I have installed a Hawking HWPG1 which has a PCI ID of 1814:0301 which is not on the list of supported devices
Can you please give me the output of this command:

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sudo lspci -n

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Post by mroseberry » Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:26 pm

Gladly...

00:00.0 0600: 8086:7190 (rev 03)
00:01.0 0604: 8086:7191 (rev 03)
00:02.0 0604: 1011:0024 (rev 03)
00:07.0 0601: 8086:7110 (rev 02)
00:07.1 0101: 8086:7111 (rev 01)
00:07.2 0c03: 8086:7112 (rev 01)
00:07.3 0680: 8086:7113 (rev 02)
00:0e.0 0200: 10b7:9050
00:10.0 0200: 8086:1229 (rev 08)
00:11.0 0401: 13f6:0111 (rev 10)
01:00.0 0300: 1002:4757 (rev 7a)
02:09.0 0280: 1814:0301
02:0a.0 0100: 9005:0010
02:0b.0 0100: 9005:001f (rev 01)

Please let me know how you got yours to work.

Thanks scorp123

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Post by clem » Wed Jan 03, 2007 8:42 pm

try that in a terminal:

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unzip yourexefile.exe
If it doesn't work, try "unshield" or "cabextract" the same way. There should be an INF file somewhere in that EXE, the only issue is to get it out of it.

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