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First off, I am a linux noob, and know only the bare essentials. I have been trying to install Slackware 11 on my Toshiba Satellite M55. Actually, the installation goes fine, but when I try to boot normally using the default, or any kernel, the system hangs up when the hotplug script is started. This makes little sense to me, beacuse I previously installed Slackware 11 on this laptop, initially just to play around with it, and hotplug took a while to find things, but it did work. There have been no hardware changes made. Anyway, now I want to actually start using linux. For starters, I want to get my Intel/Pro wireless adapter working. I have read that for this driver, you need to run a 2.6 kernel, and of course the default for Slack is a 2.4. When I tried to use the huge26.s kernel that comes with slack, I got some error message during boot something like "kernel panic: could not mount root fs". At one point, I also downloaded the latest stable 2.6, and managed to get it onto my laptop, only to get an error message while it was compiling: something like "such and such directory does not exist". I have tried installing several times now and I just can't figure this out.
So I have a couple of questions:
What is the deal with hotlplug?
How do I get my wireless internet to work? and
should i just try a different distro....?
I know Slackware is a difficult distro to deal with, but I really feel like I was learning a lot when I had it running; I don't want to give up on this distro just yet. Please help, I really want to get this working!
I wrote this a little rushed, please ask for additional information if you need it. Thanks in advance.