I'm running Slackware 12.1 on my laptop. I've installed the drivers for my wireless card and I know they're the correct ones since I was able to connect to the wifi network using Fedora. I also know I'm not out of range since Windows (and sometimes Slackware) marks the connection as strong.
My difficulty with Slackware comprises of 3 seemingly minor problems:
1. The wireless indicator (light) on my laptop does not always glow. It usually lights up during startup. If it doesn't, there's nothing I can do about it except continuously restart the computer and see if I can get lucky. Using KWiFiManager to disable and enable the radio doesn't turn on the light (only in this case).
KWiFiManager uses the following commands to accomplish this:
iwconfig wlan0 txpower off
iwconfig wlan0 txpower on
I would like to know how to turn on the light if it does not turn on during startup.
2. Assuming I do not face problem 1, I get the following screen.
Scanning for networks does not help.
I would like to know how to obtain the window in the next screenshot.
3. This appears when I've been magnanimous for the whole week. I rarely obtain the following screen:
But I can't even ping a website. I'm guessing that's because my dhcpd doesn't run for my wireless connection. During bootup it mentions polling for a server on eth0 (which isn't there currently). There's no mention of wlan0. It's probably because I didn't have wifi when I installed Slackware. But this is just my conjecture, so please feel to ignore it if you think this isn't the cause.
Thank you very much for your help.