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|align="left" padding=".5"|These are instructions for testing Wireless PCI Cards for desktop computers. PCI cards are not hot swappable, so make sure the computer is off before starting the testing process. If you have any questions, check in with your instructor.
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|align="left" padding=".5"|These are instructions for testing Wireless Cards for desktop computers. Cards are not hot swappable, so make sure the computer is off before starting the testing process. If you have any questions, check in with your instructor.
 
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| Check for Damage || Visually inspect the PCI wireless card for a missing faceplate and or loose or damaged antenna connector. If the card is missing its antenna, replace it with another antenna.
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| Check for Damage || Visually inspect the wireless card for a missing faceplate and\or loose or damaged antenna connector. Determine that it is not a pre. 802.11g spec. card. If the card is missing its antenna, replace it with another antenna.
 
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| Seat Card & Turn On || Place The Wireless Card into the PCI slot on the external motherboard, click the Power On switch, log into Ubuntu OS.
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| Seat Card & Turn On || Place The Wireless Card into the slot on the motherboard, click the Power On switch, log into Xubuntu OS.
 
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| Determine Card Status ||  
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| Determine Card Status ||
Keep IF:  
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Keep IF:
 
#you can connect to the Free Geek Wireless Network and surf the web.
 
#you can connect to the Free Geek Wireless Network and surf the web.
 
#OR if the card shows up in '''lspci''' or '''sudo lshw''' (run these commands in a terminal) but does not work with Linux (eg does not allow you to connect to the internet.)
 
#OR if the card shows up in '''lspci''' or '''sudo lshw''' (run these commands in a terminal) but does not work with Linux (eg does not allow you to connect to the internet.)
''Not sure if the card is compatible?''  
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''Not sure if the card is compatible?''
 
#Open Firefox and type this address in the URL https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WirelessCardsSupported. This is an Ubuntu community page dedicated to listing wireless cards' varying functionality under linux operating systems. The page may also list the need for drivers on specific cards.
 
#Open Firefox and type this address in the URL https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WirelessCardsSupported. This is an Ubuntu community page dedicated to listing wireless cards' varying functionality under linux operating systems. The page may also list the need for drivers on specific cards.
 
#Click the side link “By Manufacturer” and search for the wireless card's chip set.
 
#Click the side link “By Manufacturer” and search for the wireless card's chip set.
 
*Keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive and may not include the card you are looking for.  If that's the case, test it anyway.
 
*Keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive and may not include the card you are looking for.  If that's the case, test it anyway.
Recycle into the yellow bin IF:  
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Recycle into the yellow bin IF:
 
#the card's lights do not come on
 
#the card's lights do not come on
 
#AND the card does not show up in lspci or sudo lshw when you type these commands into a terminal
 
#AND the card does not show up in lspci or sudo lshw when you type these commands into a terminal
 
*If both conditions are true, your done with testing, go to the next card and start again.
 
*If both conditions are true, your done with testing, go to the next card and start again.
 
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| Label || Initial and stick a Tested By Sticker on the Keeper Card. If the wireless card is not compatible with Linux, write that on a sticker or piece of tape, attach to the card with a Powers On Untested Sticker.  
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| Power Down || Turn off the computer and remove the wireless card.
 
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| Power Down || Turn off the computer and remove the wireless card.  
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| Label || Initial and stick a Tested By Sticker on the Keeper Card. If the wireless card is not compatible with Linux, write that on a sticker or piece of tape, attach to the card with a Powers On Untested Sticker.  
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| Store Box || Place the Keeper Card in the outgoing thrift store box.
 
| Store Box || Place the Keeper Card in the outgoing thrift store box.

Revision as of 15:20, 20 November 2013

These are instructions for testing Wireless Cards for desktop computers. Cards are not hot swappable, so make sure the computer is off before starting the testing process. If you have any questions, check in with your instructor.
STEPS NOTES AND DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS
Check for Damage Visually inspect the wireless card for a missing faceplate and\or loose or damaged antenna connector. Determine that it is not a pre. 802.11g spec. card. If the card is missing its antenna, replace it with another antenna.
Seat Card & Turn On Place The Wireless Card into the slot on the motherboard, click the Power On switch, log into Xubuntu OS.
Determine Card Status

Keep IF:

  1. you can connect to the Free Geek Wireless Network and surf the web.
  2. OR if the card shows up in lspci or sudo lshw (run these commands in a terminal) but does not work with Linux (eg does not allow you to connect to the internet.)

Not sure if the card is compatible?

  1. Open Firefox and type this address in the URL https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WirelessCardsSupported. This is an Ubuntu community page dedicated to listing wireless cards' varying functionality under linux operating systems. The page may also list the need for drivers on specific cards.
  2. Click the side link “By Manufacturer” and search for the wireless card's chip set.
  • Keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive and may not include the card you are looking for. If that's the case, test it anyway.

Recycle into the yellow bin IF:

  1. the card's lights do not come on
  2. AND the card does not show up in lspci or sudo lshw when you type these commands into a terminal
  • If both conditions are true, your done with testing, go to the next card and start again.
Power Down Turn off the computer and remove the wireless card.
Label Initial and stick a Tested By Sticker on the Keeper Card. If the wireless card is not compatible with Linux, write that on a sticker or piece of tape, attach to the card with a Powers On Untested Sticker.
Store Box Place the Keeper Card in the outgoing thrift store box.
Do it again! Thanks for your good work!