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hansencomputers
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:31 am    Post subject: Toshiba laptop wireless Reply with quote

Hi guys,
Just looking for some quick tips on getting the built-in wireless to work on my Toshiba Tecra laptop.

This laptop has built-in wireless. I'm using Gnome as the Desktop Environment, BLAG 70K.

When I go to the "Network Device Control", I see that eth0 is active. This is the wired LAN. I also see the wireless LAN as eth1. This is inactive.

When I select eth1 and click the "Activate" button, I get a error messages saying:

Quote:
Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06):
SET failed on device eth1 ; Operation not supported.
Error for wireless request "Set Frequency" (8B04):
SET failed on device eth1 ; Device or resource busy.

Determining IP information for eth1... failed; no link present. Check cable?


If I go into the "Configuration" for eth1, and I click on the "Hardware" tab, I can see eth1 listed as:

Quote:
TOSHIBA Wireless LAN Card Version 01.01


The status is listed as "OK"

So, I hope this leads to some pointers on getting this to work. If you think it is better for me to get a PCMCIA wireless LAN card instead of using the built-in hardware, then I'll do that. Please recommend a card.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

Mike H

extraspecialbitter
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it would help to find out what is really running "under the covers". An "lspci" and/or "lsmod" might reveal which vendor's wireless card is installed. I have an Intel Pro Wireless card, which boasts good driver support from BLAG (minus the firmware, which must be downloaded from elsewhere because it is non-free). Broadcom cards are somewhat more troublesome in that the drivers have had to be reverse-engineered for Linux (because the developers won't release the source code). That said, you should probably try to get what you have working first, and then go the PCMIA card route as a fall-back.

Just my two sheckles.

hansencomputers
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
An "lspci" and/or "lsmod" might reveal which vendor's wireless card is installed


How do I do this?

Mike

extraspecialbitter
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hansencomputers wrote:
Quote:
An "lspci" and/or "lsmod" might reveal which vendor's wireless card is installed


How do I do this?

Mike


Mike - here's an example from my [non-wireless] desktop:

Code:

root@brixton=> /sbin/lspci | egrep -i 'ethernet|wireless'
03:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82541EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
root@brixton=> /sbin/lsmod | grep e1000
e1000                 112133  0


The "lspci" example above should capture your wireless info. Not sure what you need to grep for with the "lsmod" example. Why not post the entirety of your "/sbin/lsmod" command here. It shouldn't be too long.

hansencomputers
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
[mike@localhost ~]$ /sbin/lsmod
Module Size Used by
autofs4 24773 2
sunrpc 161981 1
nf_conntrack_netbios_ns 7104 0
nf_conntrack_ipv4 15049 6
xt_state 6593 6
nf_conntrack 63049 3 nf_conntrack_netbios_ns,nf_conntrack_ipv4,xt_state
nfnetlink 9945 2 nf_conntrack_ipv4,nf_conntrack
ipt_REJECT 8641 2
iptable_filter 7105 1
ip_tables 16517 1 iptable_filter
xt_tcpudp 7233 18
ip6t_REJECT 9537 2
ip6table_filter 6849 1
ip6_tables 17669 1 ip6table_filter
x_tables 18629 6 xt_state,ipt_REJECT,ip_tables,xt_tcpudp,ip6t_REJECT,ip6_tables
ipv6 277957 33 ip6t_REJECT
video 20937 0
toshiba_acpi 10457 0
sbs 22729 0
button 12113 0
bay 10177 0
dock 13921 1 bay
battery 14149 0
ac 9285 0
snd_intel8x0 36061 4
snd_intel8x0m 20813 1
snd_ac97_codec 96613 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m
snd_seq_dummy 7877 0
ac97_bus 6465 1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_seq_oss 33473 0
snd_seq_midi_event 11073 1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq 50609 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_seq_device 11981 3 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
snd_pcm_oss 43457 0
snd_mixer_oss 19521 3 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm 74949 5 snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
snd_timer 24901 3 snd_seq,snd_pcm
parport_pc 30821 0
snd 53317 14 snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m,snd_ac97_codec,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_timer
orinoco_cs 19781 1
orinoco 41941 1 orinoco_cs
parport 38281 1 parport_pc
hermes 11201 2 orinoco_cs,orinoco
iTCO_wdt 14693 0
irda 118009 0
iTCO_vendor_support 7877 1 iTCO_wdt
crc_ccitt 6337 1 irda
soundcore 11681 3 snd
snd_page_alloc 14281 3 snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m,snd_pcm
e100 38349 0
mii 9409 1 e100
intel_rng 9793 0
sr_mod 20837 0
cdrom 37089 1 sr_mod
sg 37469 0
dm_snapshot 21093 0
dm_zero 6209 0
dm_mirror 25153 0
dm_mod 56833 8 dm_snapshot,dm_zero,dm_mirror
ata_piix 18757 2
ata_generic 11589 0
libata 118321 2 ata_piix,ata_generic
sd_mod 31297 3
scsi_mod 140749 4 sr_mod,sg,libata,sd_mod
ext3 125641 2
jbd 59881 1 ext3
mbcache 12485 1 ext3
ehci_hcd 35405 0
ohci_hcd 23877 0
uhci_hcd 27089 0
[mike@localhost ~]$


As an experiment, I loaded the latest version of Ubuntu on this laptop (7.10). After installing, the wireless worked fine. I checked and found that the driver in use is called "orinoco_cs"

I removed Ubuntu and have re-installed BLAG 70K. Now I'm ready to sort this out using BLAG.

Thanks,
Mike

jebba
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to your `lsmod` orinoco_cs is there, so it "should" be going, if that's the card you have. Orinoco is actually a good card to have. You shouldn't need to compile or install anything additional.
weyasey
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes orinoco cards work out the box with Blag, to check if it is available just do
Code:
iwconfig

this will tell you the name of the wireless interface ie: eth1, eth2, ath0 or wlan0 etc. If for eg it returns eth1 then to connect to your wireless AP you do
Code:
iwconfig eth1 essid whatever-your-AP key xxxx-xxxx-xx

if you don't use any security on the AP then don't add the key part.

One last important fact if your wifi card is a 802.11b variant it won't do WPA which could be the cause of your problem because if you have NetworkManager installed and started in the services it will start up the wifi card.


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hansencomputers
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys,
Problem seems to be solved.

I installed "Wireless Assistant" and with that found my SSID to which I want a connection. I was able to connect, and it seems to be working fine.

Thanks for helping. I learn a bit more every day.

Mike

extraspecialbitter
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had similar issues getting my ipw2200 wireless card to run after upgrading to 79K, but the root cause was different. I discovered that there's a configuration setting in the "system-config-network" GUI that indicates whether or not NetworkManager should be used for a particular interface. The box was checked off while I wrestled with wifi-radar without success, but when I rechecked the box and rebooted, NetworkManager started up the wireless interface right away. I'm mystified as to how it got unchecked in the first place, or why wifi-radar refused to work, but for the moment I'm satisfied to be up and running again.
Galar
PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hansencomputers wrote:


As an experiment, I loaded the latest version of Ubuntu on this laptop (7.10). After installing, the wireless worked fine. I checked and found that the driver in use is called "orinoco_cs"

I removed Ubuntu and have re-installed BLAG 70K. Now I'm ready to sort this out using BLAG.

Thanks,
Mike


Great idea!
Never thought to use ubuntu this way, sounds like it's what I need now ))

Saint of Killers
PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blag 70000? That's way old, out of date, and unsupported mate. Better off using 90000 at least.
JDkid
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My laptop decided to take an early retirement option last week. I was given the same model as "hansencomputers" - Toshiba Tecra laptop.

It was free so I said thank you and took it. Now I am ready to jump off a cliff trying to set up the wireless to work. I ran through the suggested way of fixing it here in this tread.

It did work but I wasted so much time with it. I am going to buy a new computer this weekend and gladly give this one to some poor man to do with it as he pleases.

Anyway thank you for the ideas every on. e

felmor
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took your ideas into consideration, guys. I have 5 different computers in my house with built in wireless cards. My toshiba Tecra 9100 can't find an available network. I didn't know why.
Junichirô
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We don't know what OS is running on your box; and what wifi card it has.

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