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Old 2nd July 2006, 01:59 AM
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ASUS Laptop Modem, and Wireless problems

Hello Forum!

I have installed fedora (2.6.15-1.2054_FC5) on my ASUS Z8100 laptop. The install went perfectly, but did not pick up my modem or my wireless card. Here is lspci's output:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 661FX/M661FX/M661MX Host (rev 11)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS AGP Port (virtual PCI-to-PCI bridge)
00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS963 [MuTIOL Media IO] (rev 25)
00:02.1 SMBus: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS961/2 SMBus Controller
00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE]
00:02.6 Modem: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AC'97 Modem Controller (rev a0)
00:02.7 Multimedia audio controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] Sound Controller (rev a0)
00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller
00:04.0 Ethernet controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS900 PCI Fast Ethernet (rev 90)
00:09.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ac)
00:09.1 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ac)
00:09.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C552 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 661/741/760/761 PCI/AGP VGA Display Adapter
1) Has anybody got a AC'97 modem going on a laptop? I have tried installing the modem driver from www.linmodems.org, which seemed to install properly, but on reboot it came up with a massive error when starting udev, and would not continue booting, which brings me to my second question...

2) Is there a way to recompile the kernel, and kernel modules incase this happens again? I realise that I can boot into the system using "rescue linux", but where to from here? In the end I just reinstalled the whole system, but this doesn't seem like the ideal way of fixing the problem.

3) My wireless adapter doesn't seem to be detected. I think it is a usb wirless adapter, but I don't know where to start as lspci doesn't seem to pick it up. Does anybody know a good hardware diagnostic tool in linux?

Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old 3rd July 2006, 11:18 AM
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Well seeing as nobody else is replying, this is what I have found out so far...

1) - There are drivers avaliable here http://dag.wieers.com/packages for HSF modems. I havn't tried any yet.

3) - You can find out information on your USB devices using "lsusb". You may need to 'yum install usbutils' if its not installed, and will need to specifiy -v (verbose mode) in order to see anything useful. Aparently mine is a ASUSTek USB2.0 WLAN device.
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Old 3rd July 2006, 11:54 AM
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ok, try this guide out:


this will get you started on what you need to do to get it to work. hope this helps....

sorry if you had to wait a while too.
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Old 8th July 2006, 07:31 AM
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Thanks Manix,

I have installed ndiswrapper using livna no problems, and it seems to run properly. I have copied across my driver, and loaded it into ndiswrapper, which happily says that the driver (sis162u) is installed, and the hardware is present. I ran depmod -a, and modprobe ndiswraper which seems to work fine. I can then go into system-config-network, and add a new wirless adapter (wlan0 (ndiswrapper), but when i try to activate it, it says:

ndiswrapper device wlan0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization. Not surprisingly, when i run /sbin/iwconfig, wlan0 isn't listed.

Im not sure what to try next?
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Old 8th July 2006, 07:07 PM
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This is just another question!
Have you tried too contact the support squad on www.asus.com?
I知 very interested in what is there solution on this problem. I know I deed that just too times. Once they really helped me, and once no.
I知 interested on your problem because I知 planning too by an ASSUS laptop too.

One more thing: I知 just guessing that the internal modem is a winmodem, there for, there is no chance for you to find Linux drivers for that one. I hope I知 wrong.
Bogdan Marian Oloeriu
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Old 9th July 2006, 03:53 AM
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Yep, it is a win modem, and there are drivers available, but nobody has created an RPM for my kernel (only 2.4), and linmodems one seemed to work, but as I said previously, stuffed up udev. I havn't looked at creating one because we are getting broadband soon, and I'm still new to linux

Thanks for the tip regarding contacting ASUS...I'll give them a shot.

As far as everything else on the laptop goes, it runs fine - sound, eth0 etc....
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Old 14th July 2006, 02:31 AM
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I contacted ASUS. They didn't want to know, becuase ASUS do not support Linux on their laptops.

Ive tried using SLMODEM for dialup - it creates the device, but its unusable.

I have no idea about how to fix the problem with either my modem or WLAN.

I think im going to have to say farewell to Fedora after all.
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Old 22nd July 2006, 03:19 PM
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Alright, Ive had some sucess - wireless now appears to be working! I think it may have been because I tried using the source version, but as it didnt compile i just went to using livna's version - but didnt uninstall the source version first. So I uninstalled it, and kmod-ndiswrapper and reinstalled it using livna, and it worked!

Very happy!
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Old 23rd July 2006, 07:56 AM
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Okey, I'm having another bash trying to install slmodem... Ive yum'ed slmodem-alsa from livna, and ran
modprobe snd-intel8x0m ....then....
/usr/sbin/slmodemd --alsa --country=NEW_ZEALAND hw:0, and it says:

error: mixer setup: Off-hook switch not found for card hw:0
SmartLink Soft Modem: Version 2.9.11 Mar 30 2006 00:30:39
symbolic link /dev/ttySL0 -> /dev/pts/3
modem hw:0 created. TTY is /dev/pts/3
Modem Device: /dev/ttySL0

When I try access the device, it comes up with this:

error: cannot set channels for playback: Invalid argument.

Considering the number of responses Ive had thus far Im pretty sure nobody will know how to fix this, but you never know.
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Old 9th March 2007, 03:00 AM
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Hi all,

I have finally found a driver for my wireless adapter - ASUSTek USB2.0 WLAN device. It is called zd1211rw, and you can get more info about it here.


Between that and http://www.manix-place.co.uk/wireless.html, you should be able to get it going. (Its already built into the standard Fedora kernel, so just modprobe and follow the advice at mainx).

Hope this helps somebody out.

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Old 9th March 2007, 12:50 PM
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If your still having problems

If your still having problems let me know, ive got an ASUS A4D and had similar problems with ASUS.

My drivers a ZD1211u and ive got it working perfectly.

Let me know via PM.
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