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Offline RYTCL

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Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« on: November 24, 2020, 07:41:19 PM »
I need help in setup / configuration of WiFi on my HP Laptop

Here is the list of Extensions that are loaded at BOOT time

SDA9:/tce/onboot.lst
  jwm-full.tcz
  Xorg-7.7.tcz
  rxvt.tcz
  wbar.tcz
  xf86-input-synaptics.tcz
  firefox-ESR.tcz
  wifi.tcz

WiFi ICON shows up.  Clicking, brings up a blank window & dies after a min or so.

Any WiFi SETUP Guide, I could follow
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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2020, 08:26:30 PM »
I have tried adding the following WiFi firmware extensions 1 at a time, rebooting every time.

WiFi FirmWare
  • firmware-iwlwifi.tcz
  • firmware-ralinkwifi.tcz
  • firmware-rtlwifi.tcz

Ran Command : "sudo wifi.sh"  for each firmware after bootup.
System Response : "
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No WiFi devices detected"
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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2020, 10:12:51 PM »
Note that firmware-*.tcz needs to be loaded before wifi.tcz can be loaded.

Edit your onboot.lst
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jwm-full.tcz
Xorg-7.7.tcz
rxvt.tcz
wbar.tcz
xf86-input-synaptics.tcz
firefox-ESR.tcz
...
firmware-iwlwifi.tcz
firmware-ralinkwifi.tcz
firmware-rtlwifi.tcz
wifi.tcz
...
Reboot your machine and try again later.

If wifi still doesn't work, try the following:

Execute the following code on your terminal
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tce-load -wil firmware-iwlwifi
tce-load -wil firmware-ralinkwifi
tce-load -wil firmware-rtlwifi
tce-load -wil wifi
tce-load -wil wpa_supplicant-dbus
tce-load -wil libnl
tce-load -wil dbus
tce-load -wil expat2
tce-load -wil elogind
tce-load -wil acl
tce-load -wil attr
tce-load -wil libcap
tce-load -wil openssl-1.1.1
tce-load -wil readline
tce-load -wil ncursesw
tce-load -wil wireless_tools
tce-load -wil wireless-5.4.3-tinycore64
tce-load -wil libiw
First remove wifi and firmware-* from your onboot.lst, then reboot your machine and execute the following code
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tce-load -i firmware-iwlwifi wifi
tce-load -i firmware-ralinkwifi
tce-load -i firmware-rtlwifi
sudo wifi.sh
« Last Edit: November 24, 2020, 10:47:33 PM by ONE »

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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2020, 01:23:57 AM »
You don't mention what wifi hardware you have.

Most, if not all, wifi hardware will try to load firmware under linux - if the hardware does not find the correct firmware, it will not work.

You can find which firmware your hardware is trying to load by looking at dmesg - you should see something analogous to this:
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$ dmesg | tail -10
...
cfg80211: failed to load regulatory.db
Intel(R) Wireless WiFi driver for Linux
Copyright(c) 2003- 2015 Intel Corporation
iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0002)
iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: Direct firmware load for iwlwifi-7260-17.ucode failed with error -2
iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: Falling back to sysfs fallback for: iwlwifi-7260-17.ucode
iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: loaded firmware version 17.459231.0 op_mode iwlmvm
iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: Detected Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless AC 7260, REV=0x144
iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: base HW address: a0:a8:cd:2c:3e:13
..where, in this example, the firmware is iwlwifi-7260-17.ucode.

Once you know which firmware extension you need, it must be loaded before the wifi extension.

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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2020, 03:42:21 AM »
..where, in this example, the firmware is iwlwifi-7260-17.ucode.
I wonder if firmware and driver are the same concept on Linux? Is all the files under firmware-*.tcz  necessary for every computer, or is it just a file that suits firmware?

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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2020, 03:57:31 AM »
Usually just one or two files from the firmware extension

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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2020, 04:22:05 AM »
Usually just one or two files from the firmware extension
Is the same for other firmware? Like a graphic card, a sound card? Do I just need a few files to get my graphics and sound card to work?

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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2020, 04:22:21 AM »
Hi ONE
... Execute the following code on your terminal
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tce-load -wil firmware-iwlwifi
tce-load -wil firmware-ralinkwifi
tce-load -wil firmware-rtlwifi
tce-load -wil wifi
tce-load -wil wpa_supplicant-dbus
tce-load -wil libnl
tce-load -wil dbus
tce-load -wil expat2
tce-load -wil elogind
tce-load -wil acl
tce-load -wil attr
tce-load -wil libcap
tce-load -wil openssl-1.1.1
tce-load -wil readline
tce-load -wil ncursesw
tce-load -wil wireless_tools
tce-load -wil wireless-5.4.3-tinycore64
tce-load -wil libiw
...

No. Everything listed after  wifi  will be included automatically. All you need is:
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tce-load -wil firmware-iwlwifi
tce-load -wil firmware-ralinkwifi
tce-load -wil firmware-rtlwifi
tce-load -wil wifi

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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2020, 04:25:11 AM »
Hi ONE
Yes, the same applies to graphics and sound cards.

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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2020, 04:27:03 AM »
A few graphics cards need firmware - I haven’t heard of any sound cards that need it.

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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2020, 04:27:41 AM »
I updated onboot.lst and did a reboot.  Cannot identify any information related to wifi in dmesg.log

ONBOOT.LST

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SDA9: /tce/onboot.lst

jwm-full.tcz
Xorg-7.7.tcz
rxvt.tcz
wbar.tcz
xf86-input-synaptics.tcz
firefox-ESR.tcz
firmware-iwlwifi.tcz
firmware-ralinkwifi.tcz
firmware-rtlwifi.tcz
wifi.tcz

I do run Ubuntu 20.04  and also Windows.10 on different partitions on the same laptop

O/S : Ubuntu 20.04 :
$>  lspci


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00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series SoC Transaction Register (rev 0e)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Graphics & Display (rev 0e)
00:13.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series SATA AHCI Controller (rev 0e)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx, Celeron N2000 Series USB xHCI (rev 0e)
00:1a.0 Encryption controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Trusted Execution Engine (rev 0e)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series High Definition Audio Controller (rev 0e)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 0e)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 0e)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev 0e)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev 0e)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Power Control Unit (rev 0e)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series SMBus Controller (rev 0e)
02:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. RT3290 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe
02:00.1 Bluetooth: Ralink corp. RT3290 Bluetooth
03:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5227 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 07)

Windows 10 - System Information


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Name    [00000001] Ralink RT3290 802.11bgn Wi-Fi Adapter
Adapter Type    Ethernet 802.3
Product Type    Ralink RT3290 802.11bgn Wi-Fi Adapter
Installed       Yes

I have also included the complete DMESG log.

It looks like WiFi module is  " Ralink corp. RT3290 Wireless 802.11n ".

How do I check if module RT3290 is loaded on TinyCore.
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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2020, 04:32:28 AM »
I haven’t heard of any sound cards that need it.
???Doesn't ALSA include sound card firmware?
Don't need to install sound card drivers or firmware on Linux?

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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2020, 04:47:41 AM »
Hi RYTCL
It appears your wired connection requires firmware:
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r8169 0000:04:00.0: Direct firmware load for rtl_nic/rtl8106e-1.fw failed with error -2
r8169 0000:04:00.0: Falling back to sysfs fallback for: rtl_nic/rtl8106e-1.fw
r8169 0000:04:00.0: Unable to load firmware rtl_nic/rtl8106e-1.fw (-11)
That would be in  firmware-rtl_nic.tcz.

I don't see the  RT3290  being detected in your dmesg listing.

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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2020, 04:51:31 AM »
Hi RYTCL
Maybe run this on your Ubuntu setup and attach it to your next post:
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dmesg > dmesg-ubuntu.txt

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Re: Wifi Setup on a HP Laptop running TinyCore 11.1 (64 bit)
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2020, 05:09:50 AM »
I am including  the DMESG log attachment from Ubuntu.

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