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Old 11-16-2005, 08:40 PM   #1
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Slackware 10.2 - ipw2100 problems- cant find module to load/recognize?


So I'm going through the long process again- re-installing off of the CD to start from scratch. I am quite a newbie to linux, so please excuse me.

The Low Down:

- At a small college with unencrypted 802.11b Cisco routers

- I am running Slackware 10.2 on an IBM THINKPAD T42 with intel centrino processor.

- I have read many manuals/tutorials about compiling the new 2.6 kernel (I am just going to upgrade as i've had problems trying to load with the test.26 kernel off of the cd) but something seems to happen each time:

Either PCMCIA wont get initialized at bootup -- I get a cardmgr error about PCMCIA devices and thus eth0 cannot be found.

So without the internet working I cant do further patching to try and fix anything from the machine itself.


- Most importantly-- I <b> NEED </b> to have my wireless connection working for class so I can email papers and presentations to teachers

- The school runs Novell client services

--------------------------Lets get to the point already!....--------------------------

When I run lspci it finds my Ipw2100 card but I guess there is no alias for it because I cant iwconfig eth1 or anything (Isn't that what Im supposed to do?)

Im sorry if my post is very convuluted but im stressed and have been trying to get wireless working for DAYS.




<b>So I guess my real question is if someone can walk me through the process to install the new kernel, configure it for my laptop, install the ibm-acpi drivers, and have wireless working. I cant figure out how to power the wireless switch because it is done with hotkeys (in windows at least)I


What info do I need to give you guys to help me? I know these forums have a solution for my problem!!


I am STRUGGLING with this issue and need it resolved immediately if I'm expecting to even stay in school- my goal is to eventually pursue a career in Computer Science. Please help!
 
Old 11-16-2005, 08:45 PM   #2
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Lets try to make this easier...

What I need accomplished-



- Updating from the standard generic 2.4.x kernel Installed with Slackware 10.2 to 2.6 (or most recent ver.)
- Install ibm-acpi support so I can turn on and off the wireless adapter (ipw2100)
- A step-by-step process for a newbie to get started on his way into the wonderful world of Linux!



- Also, the way the schools network is setup is that each user is given a virtual "H:" drive which is only mounted upon login through the novell client. Is there anyway to accomplish this from linux?

I will give you guys all the information you need... just please try to help me out because my future basiically depends on a working laptop!
 
Old 11-16-2005, 08:59 PM   #3
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I have a Toshiba laptop with an Intel 2200 wireless card (ipw2200 driver).

I did a quick and dirty how to compile a kernel ( http://www.hclg.org:8080/tangle/linu...pile-a-kernel/ ). If you follow it to the "T", you should not have a problem.

I can email you my .config file for the 2.6.13 kernel. The config file should work for you.

I never installed the 2100 driver, but if you get stuck post here and I might be able to help.

Last edited by tangle; 11-16-2005 at 11:52 PM.
 
Old 11-16-2005, 09:10 PM   #4
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thanks for the quick reply! I couldnt access your how-to on kernel compilation:

My email address is derek.generic@gmail.com I'd appreciate your .config and the howto


also on the upgrade post from LQ.org (to 2.6 kernel from Install disc #2) one of the commands is mkinitrd ... something something.... REISERFS when I do that it says cannot find the reiserfs module. Where is this package located and how can i install it to have a working initrd.gz ?
 
Old 11-16-2005, 09:48 PM   #5
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The config file I emailed you has the reiserfs set to yes. So you should be good there.
 
Old 11-16-2005, 11:05 PM   #6
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REISERFS - how can I install it so I can run the
Code:
cd /boot
mkinitrd -c -k 2.6.11.9 -m reiserfs
As seen in command without using startxthis Article on kernel Upgrading from the archives

Is there any instance of it on the cd? where can i get it
 
Old 11-16-2005, 11:16 PM   #7
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Well since im on my windoze box and need to burn the config to a cd-- where should I cp it to once I mount cd-rom?
 
Old 11-16-2005, 11:20 PM   #8
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bump? Sorry its urgent :\
 
Old 11-16-2005, 11:36 PM   #9
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im using the ext2 filesystem do I need to mess with mkinitrd before I edit lilo and boot 2.6?
 
Old 11-16-2005, 11:54 PM   #10
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No I built ext2 support in. It should boot fine.
 
  


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