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I installed the ipw2200 driver/firmware, and didn't need to install ieee80211_crypt to get it working. Read the INSTALL file that comes with the ipw2200 driver, it's *AMAZINGLY* detailed, but it boils down to:
run the upgrade script in the ipw2200 driver directory
configure/compile/install the ipw2200 driver
copy all the files in the firmware file to /lib/firmware
Please try generic kernel and make sure that you have the correct firmware version. (There are many versions but you need only one).
I have the ipw3945 card in my laptop and if it's similar to the ipw2200 all you do is compile the driver, copy the firmware, DO NOT INSTALL THE GENERIC IEEE80211 PROTOCOL (hope that was clear enough ) and install the user space regulatory daemon. When modprobing the module you will see nothing happen, but if you do a dmesg you will see the module respond. Hope that helps.
And dmesg says it detected my card. However, when I do a iwconfig my network interface eth1 is not listed. Is there a file I need to modify somewhere? Or is something wrong? I don't want to be fooling around with files unless I know what to change.
Slackware 12 already has drivers for the ipw2200
Just get the firmware from here http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/firmware.php
I user the firmware v.3.
And copy the firmware files to /lib/firmware.
Reboot and your wireless should be fully functional.
I am using the generic-smp kernel.
The huge kernel is really only meant for installation.
If you need wpa_supplicant then see my thread on it I started recently, there is more info there.
My card is detected as far as I can see. But the interface eth1 doesn't show up anywhere. So, I'm completely confused here. And I've already configured it to use the wpa_supplicant. I just need to get the interface up.