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If you where new to Linux and you had a Toshiba Satellite A135 Notebook with Slackware 12.2, and you where able to go online with your Ethernet cable but not your wireless card (An Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG) what would you do?
I've spent a couple of days trying to fix it but the best information I can find online is out-of-date practically.
When I run a command, in my KDE Suite, shell Konsole like:
this is what I get:
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
wmaster0 no wireless extensions.
wlan0 IEEE 802.11abg ESSID:"DARKSTAR"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2352 B
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
More specifically you need iwconfig wlan0 and ifconfig wlan0. You can look at the man pages and help output for these commands to see what you need to do. Make sure everything is configured properly then do ifconfig wlan0 up.
It looks my wireless card is dead. It works fine with vista (sorry for my bad language), but I'm really looking forward using it with slack 12.2. right now I am obsessed with getting this thing to work. Only then will I be a happy man
With Slackware, there are basically 2 ways to configure your wireless card.
One way is to manually edit /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf and fill in the appropriate sections in order to get your wireless card running. This is the way I do it.
A second, perhaps simpler way to get it up and running is to download wicd,(from any Slackware mirror) or if you have the slackware installation media available, it's in /extra, and install it:
Depending on what you're using as a DE (I'm assuming KDE), you should be able to find the wicd executable, and fill in the blanks, and you should be up and running. There are numerous threads and references to wicd, particularly in the Slackware forum.
Likewise, there are many threads on how to properly configure rc.inet1.conf.
I'll let you take it from here, and if you get bogged down somewhere, we'll go from there.
Edit: the previous poster is correct in how you would manually configure your wireless card, but going with one of the methods I've addressed will automate the process for future bootups.
but right now I'm trying to find the full name of the wicd...tgz. you said something that it's located in the /extra directory. Is that what /etc is? Because I didn't see it in there? But I do know that my shell-Konsole is recognizing it somewhat. It said:
well to configure manually and connect you would have to iwconfig wlan0 essid "FOSHO" then iwconfig wlan0 ap 00:18:F8:E9:9B:62 then iwconfig wlan0 key yourkey and finally ifconfig wlan0 up and dhcpcd wlan0 im assuming
with netcfg you can set it to do all of this on startup
ill also give you the run down... if you want to connect to a wireless network say if you left ur house and are at the mall you first scan by using iwlist scan then you set all of the iwconfig settings then you connect
if you want to connect to you home network you will likely run netcfg "name"
Thanks for the "netcfg" I downloaded and untared the thing but it won't seem to install. Is there a particular designation folder i need to put it in before it installs? Also, is the command "install" good enough to install it?
root@blah:~/Desktop# install gnome-netcfg-0.7
install: missing destination file operand after `gnome-netcfg-0.7'
Try `install --help' for more information.