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Old 08-24-2006, 10:18 PM   #1
kthnx
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Young Slackware newbie trying to configure wireless on an IBM T30 lappy


Title pretty much says it all. I'm pretty much a total newbie, and looking for some serious help/education in the whole world of wireless Lans and Linux. Basically, I know I need to compile drivers.. or something... heh. Help?

By the way, I have a built in Wi-Fi card, an Aries2-1.00 (NL-5354MP)

I think.

Please help me out, I really have no idea what I'm doing.

I have not really done anything yet, I've attempted to read the iwconfig mannages, and only seriously confused myself. I'm slowly reading through the hp.com Linux related wireless docs (can't provide link due to lack of posts =|) but you probably know what I'm talking about... Trying to educate myself in this area.. but..

Basically, I'm looking for a brief simple explanation of what exactly I need to do to configure this so I can connect to the wireless network set up by my father for all the Windows boxes all over the house. Even after I get this configured I'm going to keep reading up on this subject so hopefully I can do it myself next time

Thanks, seriously, for at least checking out my thread.
 
Old 08-24-2006, 11:53 PM   #2
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lspci will list the devices on the PCI bus and tell you more about the WiFi card. lspci -v will provide more detail if needed.

Once you know which chipset the adapter uses, you can get the right driver. Once the driver is installed, it must be loaded. Then, configure the card with iwconfig. Finally, use dhcpcd to pull an IP.
 
Old 08-25-2006, 12:00 AM   #3
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Welcome to LQ!


There is another LQ member with the nick of Alien Bob who has a wiki and a nice repository of Slackpackages and SlackBuild scripts.

In that wiki are articles on wireless for Slackware. In my experience, you can copy and paste most all of his information and get cards working. If you have any problem, he is more than willing to help, and gives access information.

I bought a card from BestBuy (oxymoron) and questioned the Geek Squad (oxymoron). They could not tell me what chipset it used, though they thought it used the Atheros chipset. Alien Bob's ndiswrapper tute worked just fine for that card -- never a problem.

Like your sig -- now let's see you prove that African distro is a bunch of baloney, as you master Slack!!!
 
Old 08-25-2006, 01:18 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by 2Gnu
lspci will list the devices on the PCI bus and tell you more about the WiFi card. lspci -v will provide more detail if needed.

Once you know which chipset the adapter uses, you can get the right driver. Once the driver is installed, it must be loaded. Then, configure the card with iwconfig. Finally, use dhcpcd to pull an IP.
Well, I've run an lspci -v, here is the result:

Quote:
Originally Posted by lspci -v
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset Host Bridge (rev 04)
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Memory at e0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=64M]
Capabilities: [e4] #09 [d104]
Capabilities: [a0] AGP version 2.0

00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 04) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, 66Mhz, fast devsel, latency 96
Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=64
I/O behind bridge: 00003000-00003fff
Memory behind bridge: d0100000-d01fffff
Prefetchable memory behind bridge: e8000000-efffffff

00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #1) (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad A/T/X Series
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
I/O ports at 1800 [size=32]

00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #2) (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad A/T/X Series
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
I/O ports at 1820 [size=32]

00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #3) (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad A/T/X Series
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
I/O ports at 1840 [size=32]

00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 42) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=08, sec-latency=168
I/O behind bridge: 00004000-00008fff
Memory behind bridge: d0200000-dfffffff
Prefetchable memory behind bridge: f0000000-f7ffffff

00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801CAM ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 02)
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0

00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801CAM IDE U100 (rev 02) (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad A/T/X Series
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
I/O ports at <ignored>
I/O ports at <ignored>
I/O ports at <ignored>
I/O ports at <ignored>
I/O ports at 1860 [size=16]
Memory at 20000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]

00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801CA/CAM SMBus Controller (rev 02)
Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad A/T/X Series
Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 11
I/O ports at 1880 [size=32]

00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad T30
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
I/O ports at 1c00 [size=256]
I/O ports at 18c0 [size=64]

00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [Generic])
Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad A/T/X Series
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
I/O ports at 2400 [size=256]
I/O ports at 2000 [size=128]

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility M7 LW [Radeon Mobility 7500] (prog-if 00 [VGA])
Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad T30
Flags: bus master, stepping, fast Back2Back, 66Mhz, medium devsel, latency 66, IRQ 11
Memory at e8000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
I/O ports at 3000 [size=256]
Memory at d0100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled] [size=128K]
Capabilities: [58] AGP version 2.0
Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2

02:00.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1520 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad T30/T40
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 168, IRQ 11
Memory at 50000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
Bus: primary=02, secondary=03, subordinate=05, sec-latency=176
Memory window 0: 20400000-207ff000 (prefetchable)
Memory window 1: 20800000-20bff000
I/O window 0: 00004000-000040ff
I/O window 1: 00004400-000044ff
16-bit legacy interface ports at 0001

02:00.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1520 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad T30/T40
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 168, IRQ 11
Memory at 51000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
Bus: primary=02, secondary=06, subordinate=08, sec-latency=176
Memory window 0: 20c00000-20fff000 (prefetchable)
Memory window 1: 21000000-213ff000
I/O window 0: 00004800-000048ff
I/O window 1: 00004c00-00004cff
16-bit legacy interface ports at 0001

02:02.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
Subsystem: Atheros Communications, Inc.: Unknown device 2031
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 80, IRQ 11
Memory at d0200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Capabilities: [44] Power Management version 2

02:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82801CAM (ICH3) PRO/100 VE (LOM) Ethernet Controller (rev 42)
Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad A/T/X Series
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 66, IRQ 11
Memory at d0210000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
I/O ports at 8000 [size=64]
Capabilities: [dc] Power Management version 2
I guess more information about the card is in there somewhere, too bad I'm too much of a newbie to see where or be able to identify anything.

@Bruce Hill: Thanks, I'll check that out, and edit this post if I figure it out using those docs.

I'm still just as confused as ever really... I think /me needs to do some research on WLANs

Thanks =D
 
Old 08-25-2006, 01:20 AM   #5
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It's an Atheros Communications card ... use Alien Bob's madwifi instructions. They work great!
 
  


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