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thomasfaller
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Wifi card not recognized at all on my X61 Tablet

#1 Post by thomasfaller » Tue May 21, 2019 8:56 am

Hey folks,,

I recently bought a X61 Tablet and the built-in WiFi card doesn't seem to be recognized at all.
I didn't show up in the OEM Windows 7 the X61 came with, it's not recognized in Windows 10, nor in Ubuntu (the OS the laptop currently uses).

I tried switching OFF and ON the security wireless switch on the front, did Fn + F5 as well but the card simply did not appear anywhere.

At some point I thought that there was no wireless card at all so I opened the X61 and found the following module (see pictures links below). I assume this is a RaLink RT2571WF.
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1) This isn't the Intel card the x61 is supposed to ship with is it ?

2) Would the Middleton BIOS help in any way ?

3) I'm on Lubuntu at the moment. Although I'm using a WiFi dongle, I'd really like to be able to use the built-in one. I found the following link: - http://www.opendrivers.com/download/driver-154981.html but compiling a driver is a bit out of my league in terms of knowledge. I can't seem to be able to do that :/

So my questions are,

- Is there anyone on the forum with some experience with that particular wifi chipset ? How did you achieve to make it work?
- Will I have more luck with Windows?
- If I can't make the card work, would using the Middleton's BIOS and installing another card be worth the hassle ?

Thanks!

Thomas
Thinkpad X61 (Middleton Bios)
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Re: Wifi card not recognized at all on my X61 Tablet

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue May 21, 2019 10:10 am

1. Check BIOS settings (there may be a setting that enables/disables WiFi).
2. Open a terminal window on linux and type

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lspci
If the WiFi card is not listed, it's probably defective.

3. On the same terminal window, gain root privilege, then run

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dmesg > log.txt
then open the log.txt file on a text editor. Look for relevant terms like "Ralink", wifi, wireless , or in the worst case, error messages about a PCI device that cannot be enumerated.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: Wifi card not recognized at all on my X61 Tablet

#3 Post by violajack » Tue May 21, 2019 11:18 am

I bought a used x61 tablet with the same problem. BIOS setting is buried somewhere stupid. I'll go grab the x61t and see if I can find it again. IIRC, it's hiding in security.

Found it: security > I/O port access > wireless lan
Set to enabled.


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Re: Wifi card not recognized at all on my X61 Tablet

#4 Post by thomasfaller » Wed May 22, 2019 5:49 am

Hey guys,

Thanks for the replies,

I checked the BIOS settings and the WiFi is enabled and since lspci doesn't seem to output my WiFi card, it's likely to be defective.

lspci output:

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00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 0c)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (primary) (rev 0c)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (secondary) (rev 0c)
00:03.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965 MEI Controller (rev 0c)
00:03.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965 PT IDER Controller (rev 0c)
00:03.3 Serial controller: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965 KT Controller (rev 0c)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82566MM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M-E) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801HM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
05:00.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ba)
05:00.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 04)
05:00.2 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 21)
I ran the command you suggested but nothing in the log seems to be matching with anything WiFi-related. Greping on 'pci' only, here's the output:

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[    0.155939] PCI: Using host bridge windows from ACPI; if necessary, use "pci=nocrs" and report a bug
[    0.205333] pci_bus 0000:00: root bus resource [io  0x0000-0x0cf7 window]
[    0.205339] pci_bus 0000:00: root bus resource [io  0x0d00-0xffff window]
[    0.205344] pci_bus 0000:00: root bus resource [mem 0x000a0000-0x000bffff window]
[    0.205349] pci_bus 0000:00: root bus resource [mem 0x000d4000-0x000d7fff window]
[    0.205354] pci_bus 0000:00: root bus resource [mem 0x000d8000-0x000dbfff window]
[    0.205359] pci_bus 0000:00: root bus resource [mem 0x000dc000-0x000dffff window]
[    0.205365] pci_bus 0000:00: root bus resource [mem 0xc0000000-0xfebfffff window]
[    0.205370] pci_bus 0000:00: root bus resource [mem 0xfed40000-0xfed4bfff window]
[    0.205376] pci_bus 0000:00: root bus resource [bus 00-ff]
[    0.205403] pci 0000:00:00.0: [8086:2a00] type 00 class 0x060000
[    0.205776] pci 0000:00:02.0: [8086:2a02] type 00 class 0x030000
[    0.205814] pci 0000:00:02.0: reg 0x10: [mem 0xf8100000-0xf81fffff 64bit]
[    0.205835] pci 0000:00:02.0: reg 0x18: [mem 0xe0000000-0xefffffff 64bit pref]
[    0.205850] pci 0000:00:02.0: reg 0x20: [io  0x1800-0x1807]
[    0.206208] pci 0000:00:02.1: [8086:2a03] type 00 class 0x038000
[    0.206242] pci 0000:00:02.1: reg 0x10: [mem 0xf8200000-0xf82fffff 64bit]
[    0.206627] pci 0000:00:03.0: [8086:2a04] type 00 class 0x078000
[    0.206689] pci 0000:00:03.0: reg 0x10: [mem 0xfe226800-0xfe22680f 64bit]
[    0.206880] pci 0000:00:03.0: PME# supported from D0 D3hot D3cold
[    0.207189] pci 0000:00:03.2: [8086:2a06] type 00 class 0x010185
[    0.207239] pci 0000:00:03.2: reg 0x10: [io  0x1828-0x182f]
[    0.207258] pci 0000:00:03.2: reg 0x14: [io  0x180c-0x180f]
[    0.207277] pci 0000:00:03.2: reg 0x18: [io  0x1820-0x1827]
[    0.207296] pci 0000:00:03.2: reg 0x1c: [io  0x1808-0x180b]
[    0.207315] pci 0000:00:03.2: reg 0x20: [io  0x1810-0x181f]
[    0.207724] pci 0000:00:03.3: [8086:2a07] type 00 class 0x070002
[    0.207778] pci 0000:00:03.3: reg 0x10: [io  0x1830-0x1837]
[    0.207803] pci 0000:00:03.3: reg 0x14: [mem 0xfe024000-0xfe024fff]
[    0.208392] pci 0000:00:19.0: [8086:1049] type 00 class 0x020000
[    0.208478] pci 0000:00:19.0: reg 0x10: [mem 0xfe000000-0xfe01ffff]
[    0.208516] pci 0000:00:19.0: reg 0x14: [mem 0xfe025000-0xfe025fff]
[    0.208554] pci 0000:00:19.0: reg 0x18: [io  0x1840-0x185f]
[    0.208832] pci 0000:00:19.0: PME# supported from D0 D3hot D3cold
[    0.209176] pci 0000:00:1a.0: [8086:2834] type 00 class 0x0c0300
[    0.209377] pci 0000:00:1a.0: reg 0x20: [io  0x1860-0x187f]
[    0.209793] pci 0000:00:1a.1: [8086:2835] type 00 class 0x0c0300
[    0.209993] pci 0000:00:1a.1: reg 0x20: [io  0x1880-0x189f]
[    0.210436] pci 0000:00:1a.7: [8086:283a] type 00 class 0x0c0320
[    0.210518] pci 0000:00:1a.7: reg 0x10: [mem 0xfe226c00-0xfe226fff]
[    0.210828] pci 0000:00:1a.7: PME# supported from D0 D3hot D3cold
[    0.211189] pci 0000:00:1b.0: [8086:284b] type 00 class 0x040300
[    0.211290] pci 0000:00:1b.0: reg 0x10: [mem 0xfe020000-0xfe023fff 64bit]
[    0.211651] pci 0000:00:1b.0: PME# supported from D0 D3hot D3cold
[    0.212058] pci 0000:00:1c.0: [8086:283f] type 01 class 0x060400
[    0.212440] pci 0000:00:1c.0: PME# supported from D0 D3hot D3cold
[    0.212856] pci 0000:00:1c.1: [8086:2841] type 01 class 0x060400
[    0.213237] pci 0000:00:1c.1: PME# supported from D0 D3hot D3cold
[    0.213653] pci 0000:00:1d.0: [8086:2830] type 00 class 0x0c0300
[    0.213855] pci 0000:00:1d.0: reg 0x20: [io  0x18a0-0x18bf]
[    0.214266] pci 0000:00:1d.1: [8086:2831] type 00 class 0x0c0300
[    0.214467] pci 0000:00:1d.1: reg 0x20: [io  0x18c0-0x18df]
[    0.214924] pci 0000:00:1d.7: [8086:2836] type 00 class 0x0c0320
[    0.215010] pci 0000:00:1d.7: reg 0x10: [mem 0xfe227000-0xfe2273ff]
[    0.215344] pci 0000:00:1d.7: PME# supported from D0 D3hot D3cold
[    0.215697] pci 0000:00:1e.0: [8086:2448] type 01 class 0x060401
[    0.216297] pci 0000:00:1f.0: [8086:2811] type 00 class 0x060100
[    0.216633] pci 0000:00:1f.0: quirk: [io  0x1000-0x107f] claimed by ICH6 ACPI/GPIO/TCO
[    0.216649] pci 0000:00:1f.0: quirk: [io  0x1180-0x11bf] claimed by ICH6 GPIO
[    0.216660] pci 0000:00:1f.0: ICH7 LPC Generic IO decode 1 PIO at 1600 (mask 007f)
[    0.216671] pci 0000:00:1f.0: ICH7 LPC Generic IO decode 2 PIO at 15e0 (mask 000f)
[    0.216681] pci 0000:00:1f.0: ICH7 LPC Generic IO decode 3 PIO at 1680 (mask 001f)
[    0.217088] pci 0000:00:1f.1: [8086:2850] type 00 class 0x01018a
[    0.217160] pci 0000:00:1f.1: reg 0x10: [io  0x0000-0x0007]
[    0.217198] pci 0000:00:1f.1: reg 0x14: [io  0x0000-0x0003]
[    0.217235] pci 0000:00:1f.1: reg 0x18: [io  0x0000-0x0007]
[    0.217273] pci 0000:00:1f.1: reg 0x1c: [io  0x0000-0x0003]
[    0.217310] pci 0000:00:1f.1: reg 0x20: [io  0x18e0-0x18ef]
[    0.217394] pci 0000:00:1f.1: legacy IDE quirk: reg 0x10: [io  0x01f0-0x01f7]
[    0.217399] pci 0000:00:1f.1: legacy IDE quirk: reg 0x14: [io  0x03f6]
[    0.217404] pci 0000:00:1f.1: legacy IDE quirk: reg 0x18: [io  0x0170-0x0177]
[    0.217409] pci 0000:00:1f.1: legacy IDE quirk: reg 0x1c: [io  0x0376]
[    0.217758] pci 0000:00:1f.2: [8086:2829] type 00 class 0x010601
[    0.217849] pci 0000:00:1f.2: reg 0x10: [io  0x1c30-0x1c37]
[    0.217886] pci 0000:00:1f.2: reg 0x14: [io  0x1c24-0x1c27]
[    0.217923] pci 0000:00:1f.2: reg 0x18: [io  0x1c28-0x1c2f]
[    0.217961] pci 0000:00:1f.2: reg 0x1c: [io  0x1c20-0x1c23]
[    0.217998] pci 0000:00:1f.2: reg 0x20: [io  0x1c00-0x1c1f]
[    0.218037] pci 0000:00:1f.2: reg 0x24: [mem 0xfe226000-0xfe2267ff]
[    0.218237] pci 0000:00:1f.2: PME# supported from D3hot
[    0.218589] pci 0000:00:1f.3: [8086:283e] type 00 class 0x0c0500
[    0.218661] pci 0000:00:1f.3: reg 0x10: [mem 0xfe227400-0xfe2274ff]
[    0.218795] pci 0000:00:1f.3: reg 0x20: [io  0x1c40-0x1c5f]
[    0.219371] pci 0000:00:1c.0: PCI bridge to [bus 02]
[    0.219386] pci 0000:00:1c.0:   bridge window [io  0x2000-0x2fff]
[    0.219400] pci 0000:00:1c.0:   bridge window [mem 0xfc000000-0xfdffffff]
[    0.219424] pci 0000:00:1c.0:   bridge window [mem 0xf8000000-0xf80fffff 64bit pref]
[    0.219617] pci 0000:00:1c.1: PCI bridge to [bus 03]
[    0.219631] pci 0000:00:1c.1:   bridge window [io  0x3000-0x3fff]
[    0.219645] pci 0000:00:1c.1:   bridge window [mem 0xdc000000-0xddffffff]
[    0.219669] pci 0000:00:1c.1:   bridge window [mem 0xdfe00000-0xdfefffff 64bit pref]
[    0.219752] pci_bus 0000:05: extended config space not accessible
[    0.219920] pci 0000:05:00.0: [1180:0476] type 02 class 0x060700
[    0.220009] pci 0000:05:00.0: reg 0x10: [mem 0xf8300000-0xf8300fff]
[    0.220140] pci 0000:05:00.0: supports D1 D2
[    0.220145] pci 0000:05:00.0: PME# supported from D0 D1 D2 D3hot D3cold
[    0.220371] pci 0000:05:00.1: [1180:0832] type 00 class 0x0c0010
[    0.220445] pci 0000:05:00.1: reg 0x10: [mem 0xf8301000-0xf83017ff]
[    0.220791] pci 0000:05:00.1: supports D1 D2
[    0.220797] pci 0000:05:00.1: PME# supported from D0 D1 D2 D3hot D3cold
[    0.221004] pci 0000:05:00.2: [1180:0822] type 00 class 0x080500
[    0.221077] pci 0000:05:00.2: reg 0x10: [mem 0xf8301800-0xf83018ff]
[    0.221422] pci 0000:05:00.2: supports D1 D2
[    0.221427] pci 0000:05:00.2: PME# supported from D0 D1 D2 D3hot D3cold
[    0.221778] pci 0000:00:1e.0: PCI bridge to [bus 05-08] (subtractive decode)
[    0.221792] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [io  0x4000-0x7fff]
[    0.221807] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [mem 0xf8300000-0xfbffffff]
[    0.221830] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [mem 0xf4000000-0xf7ffffff 64bit pref]
[    0.221837] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [io  0x0000-0x0cf7 window] (subtractive decode)
[    0.221843] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [io  0x0d00-0xffff window] (subtractive decode)
[    0.221848] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [mem 0x000a0000-0x000bffff window] (subtractive decode)
[    0.221854] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [mem 0x000d4000-0x000d7fff window] (subtractive decode)
[    0.221859] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [mem 0x000d8000-0x000dbfff window] (subtractive decode)
[    0.221865] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [mem 0x000dc000-0x000dffff window] (subtractive decode)
[    0.221871] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [mem 0xc0000000-0xfebfffff window] (subtractive decode)
[    0.221876] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [mem 0xfed40000-0xfed4bfff window] (subtractive decode)
[    0.221977] pci_bus 0000:06: extended config space not accessible
[    0.222049] pci_bus 0000:06: busn_res: [bus 06-08] end is updated to 07
[    0.229820] pci 0000:00:02.0: vgaarb: setting as boot VGA device
[    0.229820] pci 0000:00:02.0: vgaarb: VGA device added: decodes=io+mem,owns=io+mem,locks=none
[    0.229820] pci 0000:00:02.0: vgaarb: bridge control possible
[    0.239854] PCI: pci_cache_line_size set to 64 bytes
[    0.318884] pci 0000:00:1c.0: PCI bridge to [bus 02]
[    0.318896] pci 0000:00:1c.0:   bridge window [io  0x2000-0x2fff]
[    0.318916] pci 0000:00:1c.0:   bridge window [mem 0xfc000000-0xfdffffff]
[    0.318930] pci 0000:00:1c.0:   bridge window [mem 0xf8000000-0xf80fffff 64bit pref]
[    0.318955] pci 0000:00:1c.1: PCI bridge to [bus 03]
[    0.318964] pci 0000:00:1c.1:   bridge window [io  0x3000-0x3fff]
[    0.318983] pci 0000:00:1c.1:   bridge window [mem 0xdc000000-0xddffffff]
[    0.318998] pci 0000:00:1c.1:   bridge window [mem 0xdfe00000-0xdfefffff 64bit pref]
[    0.319034] pci 0000:05:00.0: BAR 15: assigned [mem 0xf4000000-0xf7ffffff pref]
[    0.319046] pci 0000:05:00.0: BAR 16: assigned [mem 0xc0000000-0xc3ffffff]
[    0.319052] pci 0000:05:00.0: BAR 13: assigned [io  0x4000-0x40ff]
[    0.319059] pci 0000:05:00.0: BAR 14: assigned [io  0x4400-0x44ff]
[    0.319066] pci 0000:05:00.0: CardBus bridge to [bus 06-07]
[    0.319071] pci 0000:05:00.0:   bridge window [io  0x4000-0x40ff]
[    0.319086] pci 0000:05:00.0:   bridge window [io  0x4400-0x44ff]
[    0.319101] pci 0000:05:00.0:   bridge window [mem 0xf4000000-0xf7ffffff pref]
[    0.319116] pci 0000:05:00.0:   bridge window [mem 0xc0000000-0xc3ffffff]
[    0.319131] pci 0000:00:1e.0: PCI bridge to [bus 05-08]
[    0.319141] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [io  0x4000-0x7fff]
[    0.319159] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [mem 0xf8300000-0xfbffffff]
[    0.319173] pci 0000:00:1e.0:   bridge window [mem 0xf4000000-0xf7ffffff 64bit pref]
[    0.319199] pci_bus 0000:00: resource 4 [io  0x0000-0x0cf7 window]
[    0.319204] pci_bus 0000:00: resource 5 [io  0x0d00-0xffff window]
[    0.319210] pci_bus 0000:00: resource 6 [mem 0x000a0000-0x000bffff window]
[    0.319215] pci_bus 0000:00: resource 7 [mem 0x000d4000-0x000d7fff window]
[    0.319220] pci_bus 0000:00: resource 8 [mem 0x000d8000-0x000dbfff window]
[    0.319226] pci_bus 0000:00: resource 9 [mem 0x000dc000-0x000dffff window]
[    0.319231] pci_bus 0000:00: resource 10 [mem 0xc0000000-0xfebfffff window]
[    0.319236] pci_bus 0000:00: resource 11 [mem 0xfed40000-0xfed4bfff window]
[    0.319242] pci_bus 0000:02: resource 0 [io  0x2000-0x2fff]
[    0.319247] pci_bus 0000:02: resource 1 [mem 0xfc000000-0xfdffffff]
[    0.319252] pci_bus 0000:02: resource 2 [mem 0xf8000000-0xf80fffff 64bit pref]
[    0.319258] pci_bus 0000:03: resource 0 [io  0x3000-0x3fff]
[    0.319263] pci_bus 0000:03: resource 1 [mem 0xdc000000-0xddffffff]
[    0.319268] pci_bus 0000:03: resource 2 [mem 0xdfe00000-0xdfefffff 64bit pref]
[    0.319273] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 0 [io  0x4000-0x7fff]
[    0.319278] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 1 [mem 0xf8300000-0xfbffffff]
[    0.319284] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 2 [mem 0xf4000000-0xf7ffffff 64bit pref]
[    0.319289] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 4 [io  0x0000-0x0cf7 window]
[    0.319294] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 5 [io  0x0d00-0xffff window]
[    0.319299] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 6 [mem 0x000a0000-0x000bffff window]
[    0.319305] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 7 [mem 0x000d4000-0x000d7fff window]
[    0.319310] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 8 [mem 0x000d8000-0x000dbfff window]
[    0.319315] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 9 [mem 0x000dc000-0x000dffff window]
[    0.319321] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 10 [mem 0xc0000000-0xfebfffff window]
[    0.319326] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 11 [mem 0xfed40000-0xfed4bfff window]
[    0.319331] pci_bus 0000:06: resource 0 [io  0x4000-0x40ff]
[    0.319336] pci_bus 0000:06: resource 1 [io  0x4400-0x44ff]
[    0.319342] pci_bus 0000:06: resource 2 [mem 0xf4000000-0xf7ffffff pref]
[    0.319347] pci_bus 0000:06: resource 3 [mem 0xc0000000-0xc3ffffff]
[    0.321622] pci 0000:00:02.0: Video device with shadowed ROM at [mem 0x000c0000-0x000dffff]
[    2.287856] pcieport 0000:00:1c.0: Signaling PME with IRQ 24
[    2.287945] pcieport 0000:00:1c.1: Signaling PME with IRQ 25
[    2.288072] pciehp 0000:00:1c.0:pcie004: Slot #2 AttnBtn- PwrCtrl- MRL- AttnInd- PwrInd- HotPlug+ Surprise+ Interlock- NoCompl- LLActRep+ (with Cmd Compl erratum)
[    2.288191] pciehp 0000:00:1c.1:pcie004: Slot #3 AttnBtn- PwrCtrl- MRL- AttnInd- PwrInd- HotPlug+ Surprise+ Interlock- NoCompl- LLActRep+ (with Cmd Compl erratum)
[    3.250702] ehci-pci: EHCI PCI platform driver
[    3.251078] ehci-pci 0000:00:1a.7: EHCI Host Controller
[    3.251097] ehci-pci 0000:00:1a.7: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
[    3.255092] ehci-pci 0000:00:1a.7: cache line size of 64 is not supported
[    3.255128] ehci-pci 0000:00:1a.7: irq 22, io mem 0xfe226c00
[    3.272446] ehci-pci 0000:00:1a.7: USB 2.0 started, EHCI 1.00
[    3.274151] ehci-pci 0000:00:1d.7: EHCI Host Controller
[    3.274175] ehci-pci 0000:00:1d.7: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
[    3.274212] ehci-pci 0000:00:1d.7: debug port 1
[    3.278163] ehci-pci 0000:00:1d.7: cache line size of 64 is not supported
[    3.278211] ehci-pci 0000:00:1d.7: irq 19, io mem 0xfe227000
[    3.296454] ehci-pci 0000:00:1d.7: USB 2.0 started, EHCI 1.00
[    3.297826] ohci-pci: OHCI PCI platform driver
[    3.315517] pcie_mp2_amd: AMD(R) PCI-E MP2 Communication Driver Version: 1.0
[    3.737637] sdhci-pci 0000:05:00.2: SDHCI controller found [1180:0822] (rev 21)
[    3.737661] pci 0000:00:1e.0: enabling device (0005 -> 0007)
[    3.737819] sdhci-pci 0000:05:00.2: Will use DMA mode even though HW doesn't fully claim to support it.
[    3.737892] sdhci-pci 0000:05:00.2: Will use DMA mode even though HW doesn't fully claim to support it.
[    3.742658] sdhci-pci 0000:05:00.2: Will use DMA mode even though HW doesn't fully claim to support it.
[    7.077450] pci 0000:00:00.0: Intel 965GM Chipset
[    7.077501] pci 0000:00:00.0: detected gtt size: 524288K total, 262144K mappable
[    7.078746] pci 0000:00:00.0: detected 8192K stolen memory
[    7.900253] input: HDA Intel Mic as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input8
[    7.900476] input: HDA Intel Dock Mic as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input9
[    7.900652] input: HDA Intel Headphone as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input10
Not sure that helps :?:

I ordered on eBay what should be the stock WiFi card for that model I believe. Will I need to use something like the Middleton's BIOS to install that card ?
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Re: Wifi card not recognized at all on my X61 Tablet

#5 Post by dr_st » Wed May 22, 2019 6:32 am

RT2571WF is a USB device.

I think the WLAN slot of the X61 series does not have USB lanes?

Try putting the card in the WWAN slot and check lsusb.
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Re: Wifi card not recognized at all on my X61 Tablet

#6 Post by axur-delmeria » Wed May 22, 2019 11:26 am

dr_st wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 6:32 am
RT2571WF is a USB device.

I think the WLAN slot of the X61 series does not have USB lanes?

Try putting the card in the WWAN slot and check lsusb.
Haven't thought of that possibility. But yeah, IIRC the WLAN slot does not have USB signals wired in as you suspected. I remember reading the schematics a while back, to lazy to do it tonight though. :P
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Re: Wifi card not recognized at all on my X61 Tablet

#7 Post by ajkula66 » Wed May 22, 2019 2:08 pm

If the machine is not "barking" at an alien card with the 1802 code at boot, it either has Middleton's BIOS installed or it's not seeing the card, possibly both.

To me, the second option seems the most plausible.

Which BIOS version do you have installed ?
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Re: Wifi card not recognized at all on my X61 Tablet

#8 Post by thomasfaller » Thu May 23, 2019 4:25 am

That makes a lot of sense actually, looking up the WiFi card details I always end up on pages talking about a USB card which is very odd.

The Middleton BIOS is definitely not installed because I just received from eBay an Intel 6300, I tried to install it but it got rejected at startup, so I'm assuming that the Middleton would have allowed that...
I think the WLAN slot of the X61 series does not have USB lanes?

Try putting the card in the WWAN slot and check lsusb.
I'm not too sure how to check that and how to do that. When facing the opened x61, I can see

1) A small card I'm assuming a 56k modem
2) that Ralink card that's not recognised.
3) an empty slot where I think a 3G card would go if the x61 had that as a built-in option.

Am I right ?

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Anyway, I'm now attempting to install Middleton (if that works I can just use the Intel 6300 and dump the other card)

Will keep you posted!
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Re: Wifi card not recognized at all on my X61 Tablet

#9 Post by thomasfaller » Thu May 23, 2019 5:00 am

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

I managed to install Middleton and the Intel 6300 chip is not only recognized but rather fast so I’m delighted!

I’m still curious as to why that Ralink card would end up in an x61...

I guess that laptop was probably tweaked in some ways.

Anyway, I’m going to reinstall Xubuntu and leave a partition for windows 7. It looks like that’s the os that supports the x61 tablet the best out of the box.
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Re: Wifi card not recognized at all on my X61 Tablet

#10 Post by axur-delmeria » Thu May 23, 2019 5:35 am

thomasfaller wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 4:25 am
1) A small card I'm assuming a 56k modem
2) that Ralink card that's not recognised.
3) an empty slot where I think a 3G card would go if the x61 had that as a built-in option.

Am I right ?

Image
1. Correct.
2. Yes, that's the WLAN slot. It doesn't have USB signals wired in, so the if the Ralink card is indeed USB-based, it won't be detected.
3. Yes, that's called the WWAN slot (Wireless Wide Area Network). You could have tried putting the Ralink card there, but nevermind, as the Intel 6300 is much better.
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Re: Wifi card not recognized at all on my X61 Tablet

#11 Post by thomasfaller » Thu May 23, 2019 11:03 am

Thanks everyone for the help!
My X61 is working flawlessly now (Xubuntu 18.04)
Cheers! :banana:
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