Saturday, October 1, 2011

Shuttle xs35gt v2 BIOS settings for wireless networking

The original Shuttle xs35 series "barebones" case shipped with a very windows-centric BIOS that would shutdown power to the wireless card. There was no way to compensate for this with linux. A BIOS version that fixed this was posted to Shuttle's website, then subsequently removed, though it has been mirrored on a number of personal sites.

The second revision, the xs35 V2 series, ships with a BIOS that allows disabling of "Wireless Power Control". Here are (very bad) photos of the BIOS that is included with my Shuttle xs35gt v2. I bought this the first week it was available. I am unaware if there are new versions currently available.

BIOS Version: 1.01
EC Version: 1.00
Build Date: 03/21/2011







4 comments:

  1. Hello, do you know if disabling the Wireless power control does allow it to work with a linux distribution. I disabled it but my Ubuntu USB is not "seeing" the wireless device. Thanks.

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  2. Ubuntu has never been friendly with me and this hardware. Nicholas has the earlier revision and didn't have the number of problems. It seems that 10.10 (the latest version I installed) didn't have the drivers for both the wired and wireless cards. The XBMC live CD based on a 10.04 server install did have the wired card drivers, but I still had to bring up the network manually.

    This excellent post details having to compile and install the wireless drivers. Personally, I never bothered to setup wireless since I rely on the gigabit ethernet card for getting content on it.

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  3. Thanks for your quick answer. The link you provide describes the set up regarding the old version of X35 (which I already have and runs Ubuntu 11.10 without problems, as I updated the BIOS).
    Now I bought a XS35V2 for a similar use but did not figure out that the BIOS would be different.
    What I am searching is whether anybody has succeeded to activate the wireless on a linux distribution based on the existing BIOS 1.03- but you answered you do not use it.
    I am going to ask Shuttle, maybe they are receptive to providing more information as they did for the first XS35 version.
    Best regards.

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  4. That's a different question than you asked originally.

    The old version and the new version have the same NIC. So the write up I linked to is appropriate if your distro doesn't include the drivers. Do you even see it when you type ifconfig?

    If not, I would suggest you follow the instructions in the link I posted.

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