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Old 01-04-2013, 07:48 AM   #1
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Wifi on Thinkpad Edge in Slackware 14


Hi there

My computer is a Lenovo Thinkpas Edge 13, Intel i3 1.33ghz.

I've installed Slackware 14 on VirtualBox in Ubuntu to see what amount of configuration is required before possibly making the jump to Slackware.

So far I'm stuck getting wifi to work.

With 'lspci' in Ubuntu I get:

Code:
03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 1000
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 03)
Whereas in Slackware 'lspci' only gives me:

Code:
00:03.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82540EM Ethernet controller (rev 2)
And no other mentions of ethernet, wifi or wireless. Any hints on how to get Slackware to see me wifi chip? (I've checked Slackbook and searched around but haven't found anything specific enough to get me going).

I might be over my head with Slackware but once I get the internet connection working (I only have wifi) I'll have a fair chance of checking it out and reading about the configurations inside Slackware - instead of constantly having to switch between the Virtual Machine and the browser window in Ubuntu.

Thanks!
 
Old 01-04-2013, 11:31 AM   #2
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Most of this is described here as a page in the Slackware Documentation Project. The site is awesome and should definitely be on your bookmark list if you want to learn Slackware
 
Old 01-04-2013, 12:48 PM   #3
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I think you need to configure your network in slackware by typing netconfig then enter a hostname and select to get connected using dhcp type of connection.

Virtualbox should use the wireless connection in Ubuntu and make it available to Slackware. That connection I believe it should appear to slackware as a wired connection.

Good luck to you
 
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:40 PM   #4
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Thanks TroN, it was vital to find out that it's a VirtualBox issue so I'll stop looking for the wifi in Slackware - will mark the question as solved.

I ran netconfig and can connect to a wired connection but it's not working. Tinkered with the VB settings and it appears that it's bridging (in lack of a better word) the connection as eth0 while Slack has the wired connection set to eth1 so that could be it.

This means that VB isn't as good a way as I thought to check out what will work in a distro before installing ...

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Old 01-04-2013, 02:50 PM   #5
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I use Slack in a VirtualBox everyday at work and it is OK in there. The important part is to configure VB network settings right. Use NAT connection and then it does not matter how your host connects to the internet, Slackware inside the VB will see just a wired network connection as eth0. Also make sure that you use good network adapter in your VB config so that Slackware has the correct driver.
 
Old 01-04-2013, 03:14 PM   #6
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Thanks wigry - got connection!

VirtualBox is amazing, I'm actually really impressed with it. What I meant was just that this tells me nothing about how to configure wifi if I settle on doing a proper installation of Slackware. On the other hand just having completed a successful Slackware installation in VB has taken away some of the awe that otherwise would have been holding me back from a hardcore distro like Slackware so it's a good gateway to that.

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Old 01-04-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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WiFi specific config in Slackware is covered here:

http://slackbook.org/html/network-co...-wireless.html
 
  


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