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M8 No wifi (MT7601U) or wired (RTL811G) networking! [Solved]

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Re: No wifi or wired networking!

#11 Postby kmathern » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:13 pm

Stevo wrote:M8 came with the little network-manager doodad on the taskbar--are you saying the gear spins around without ever connecting when you use it?

I wonder if mnetwork may be interfering--I also have memories about that application doing that.
Wasn't there an option to set it in a "manual mode"?

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Re: No wifi or wired networking!

#12 Postby kmathern » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:14 pm

dolphin_oracle wrote:what is the ethernet port chipset? The kernel is m8 would be pretty old.....you might be missing firmware or something.

In one of TenderFoot's other topics I thought he said that the wired connection also didn't work in M11 & MX14.

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Re: No wifi or wired networking!

#13 Postby kmathern » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:21 pm

TenderFoot wrote:Whilst I do have a couple of spare nic they are not low-profile which the case demands (and weren't very reliable and why I purchased the dongles prior to this project!). ...
I wasn't thinking of using a NIC card as a permanent fix, just until you get either the onboard ethernet or wireless connection working.

I think you can remove the mounting bracket from a non low-profile NIC card and plug it in, it'll be kind of flimsy but I think it'll work if you're careful.

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Re: No wifi or wired networking!

#14 Postby TenderFoot » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:47 pm

Stevo

M8 came with the little network-manager doodad on the taskbar--are you saying the gear spins around without ever connecting when you use it?


No - the b****y thing doesn't even spin!

dolphin

what is the ethernet port chipset?


Realtek RTL811G Pci-e Gigabit

kamathern

In one of TenderFoot's other topics I thought he said that the wired connection also didn't work in M11 & MX14.


No - M11 connects instantly on the wired and am also able to install the dongle drivers. Not tried MX-14 on this rig yet.

As a last resort could try kludging a nic but the first task would be to update (and would then need "hand-holding" to install RT2870 drivers if it's more complicated!).

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Re: No wifi or wired networking!

#15 Postby kmathern » Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:00 pm

Might be easier to get some info from one of your other installs where you have a working internet connection.

Could you boot into either M11 or MX14 (I prefer MX14) and post the output of the following?

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su -c 'ifconfig -a'

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inxi -Fxxx #{run as regular user}

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lspci -knn | grep -i -e Ethernet -e "\[02" -A3

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Re: No wifi or wired networking!

#16 Postby Stevo » Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:03 pm

dolphin_oracle wrote:what is the ethernet port chipset? The kernel is m8 would be pretty old.....you might be missing firmware or something.
Possibly, but if firmware is missing, usually no "eth0" interface is created at all.

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Re: No wifi or wired networking!

#17 Postby kmathern » Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:16 pm

Stevo wrote:Possibly, but if firmware is missing, usually no "eth0" interface is created at all.
So if the "eth0" interface has been created and is "UP", it's probably not a problem with the ethernet driver?

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Re: No wifi or wired networking!

#18 Postby TenderFoot » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:36 pm

These are the outputs from a liveusb session of M11 on the machine (can't access the installed version for reasons I won't you with here but Win7 has crashed and can't get at EasyBcd unless...!)

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demo@mepis1:~$ su -c 'ifconfig -a'
Password:
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr bc:5f:f4:eb:4f:38 
          inet addr:192.168.1.3  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:2099 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:1543 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:2447484 (2.3 MiB)  TX bytes:175979 (171.8 KiB)
          Interrupt:41 Base address:0x4000

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:44 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:44 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:2200 (2.1 KiB)  TX bytes:2200 (2.1 KiB)

Which is very similar to earlier out shown in #347800 but diifers in las couple of lines of each block.

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[root@mepis1 demo]# lspci -knn | grep -i -e Ethernet -e "\[02" -A3
02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller [10ec:8168] (rev 0c)
        Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Motherboard (one of many) [1849:8168]
        Kernel driver in use: r8169


More or less as previously described

Sorry inxi not installed or available.

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Re: No wifi or wired networking!

#19 Postby kmathern » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:44 pm

TenderFoot wrote:...Sorry inxi not installed or available.
That's why I said I preferred MX14.

There's instructions on installing inxi here: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Inxi#Installation, but there's probably enough info for now with just the lspci output you posted.


edit: if you run the same lspci command in M8 does it say it's using the r8169 driver?

edit #2: if you want you can run a simpler lspci command

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lspci -knn | grep Ethernet -A3

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Re: No wifi or wired networking!

#20 Postby TenderFoot » Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:44 pm

Yes M8 also shows r8169 as in use.

PS At least I got the grinding wheel this time if I plug in after starting M8 but it grinds to halt after about 30sec with no connection!


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