I told everyone I was shutting down the Wacky Linux project due to lack
of budget. I couldn't afford the hardware purchases that were necessary to
get my old Compaq Armada M300 laptop wireless ready.
In an example of true open source collectivism, TR member Palmetto stepped up: "I've got a spare Cisco Aironet 802.11a/b/g PCMCIA adapter. It works
successfully in my M300 under XP. If Ubuntu has drivers for it, or if
you can get them, drop me a private message and I'll send it to you."
Just this afternoon, I took possession of the Wacky Linux Wireless Card - Sponsored by Palmetto
(as it shall henceforth be known). In exchange for his generosity, CNET
picked up Palmetto's shipping costs and sent him a hefty batch of
rarified TR swag (though he refused a legendary TR Smug Mug).
5.1 OS has native drivers for my device. To test the theory, I inserted
the card in my laptop's PCMCIA slot and booted the machine.
Two things happened:
- The machine booted safely, including the green status light on the wireless card (I know its getting power, at least)
- For the first time ever, Ubuntu was able to get an accurate power
level reading from the laptop's battery. Previously, it always indicated
the battery was 100% charged, but could never run on battery power.
When I booted this time with the card in place, it showed a 14% charge,
and has been charging steadily for the last half hour. (That said,pulling the power cord still drops the machine.)
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