Ok, let's see.. how the hell did I do it in the first place??
Firstly, I installed Slackware Linux v12.1 (of course).
1. Then, without editing any files (such as /etc/rc.d/rc.wireless.conf), I installed the firmware for my WLAN Adapter
. Clicking here
will teach you how to install your device-specific firmware. Since I have found it quite difficult (as a REAL NOOB) to install it from there, I will outline the main points and will show exactly what I did to install the firmware:
1a. Download Fwcutter v011
and place it in a directory. For the sake of this explanation, let's say you will place it in the /root/Fwcutter directory.
1b. Cd into the "/root/Fwcutter
" directory ("cd /root/Fwcutter") -- if you don't have that directory, use 'mkdir /root/Fwcutter
' and you will have it
1c. Untar Fwcutter using this command: 'tar xjf b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
1d. Cd into the new extracted directory: 'cd b43-fwcutter-011
1e. Install the firmware: 'make
1f. Exit the directory: 'cd ..
Voila! Now you have your tool (Fwcutter
) that will enable you to install the firmware needed.
2. Download the Broadcom's Proprietary Driver (v126.96.36.199)
. This works, however only on the following Linux Kernels: Linux-2.6.24, including 2.6.24-rcX and 2.6.24.Y
. Check out your Kernel Version using the command 'uname -r
'. If you have a different version, download a different driver from here
2a. Untar it: 'tar xjf broadcom-wl-188.8.131.52.tar.bz2
'. (into a folder like you created for fwcutter)
2b. Cd into the folder: 'cd broadcom-wl-184.108.40.206/kmod
2c. Then just apply this command: 'sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o
Voila! Now you have your Broadcom Proprietary Drivers installed. But you've not finished everything. I would recommend issuing a restart to your system - I am not sure it's needed, but I would advise you to.
3. Now you need a WORKING tool to connect to your wireless networks. As advised by Forum 1793, I used Wicd Manager
3a. Download the file somewhere on your computer (preferably somewhere where you won't forget where it is, such as /root/wicd
3b. Cd into the folder where you can find the downloaded file
3c. Issue the 'pkgtool
' command and select its first option. Select the package you have just downloaded and let it install it.
3d. voila once again
I don't think you need to perform any other tasks yet, so just RESTART YOUR MACHINE
('shutdown -r now')
I don't know if it is going to connect automatically, but after logging in again, just go into X by using 'startx
'. There, your Wicd Manager should have appeared in the taskbar or in the KMenu. You can learn using wicd using the 'wicd --help' command, but I would recommend starting x and configuring its graphical interface. There, you should find the wireless networks in range and everything you need will be there.
Thank you everyone for helping me, and, once again, sorry for being SUCH a noob. I hope there will be people benefitting from this LONG (yet complete -- I hope) walkthrough. I hope you will spend much less time fixing your wireless network than me.