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Old 05-17-2007, 10:22 PM   #1
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Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG and ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 on Slackware 11


Hi

Has anyone succussfully installed and configured the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG and ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 drivers on Slack 11.0. I would really appreciate some assistance including online guides driver download sites as well.

Thanks
 
Old 05-17-2007, 10:40 PM   #2
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For the Radeon, run 'xorgsetup' with Xserver down, it should auto-detect the right driver (should be 'radeon' I'm betting).

For the wireless:
http://linux-wless.passys.nl/query_p...randname=Intel

Looks like it uses this driver:
http://ipw3945.sourceforge.net/

After that read through the slackbook, especially the part on configuring wireless network.

Last edited by H_TeXMeX_H; 05-17-2007 at 10:46 PM.
 
Old 05-18-2007, 09:21 PM   #3
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the xorg radeon driver doesn't work with X1600... It's fglrx or vesa for that card. The choice should be obvious. At least it will be after you try the vesa driver...

http://ati.de/support/drivers/linux/linux-radeon.html

Open up a terminal and cd into the same directory as the .run file and:

sh ati-driver-installer-8.36.5-x86.x86_64.run

after it's done installing put "fglrx" in the driver section of your xorg.conf and then restart X... If you run "glxinfo" after restarting X and it says "direct rendering: no" then put this at the bottom of your xorg.conf...

Code:
Section "DRI"
	Mode	0666
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
	Option "Composite" "Disable"
EndSection
H_TeXMeX_H gave you a link for the wireless info... Looks like what you'll want.
 
Old 05-18-2007, 11:22 PM   #4
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If you setup your wireless card..
You can read this howto on how to connect to
your network.

http://www.vectorlinux.com/forum2/in...p?topic=1282.0

Good Luck
 
Old 05-19-2007, 02:47 AM   #5
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dri ("radeon" driver) won't work due to outdated xorg. upgrade to current or try to use fglrx which worked for me about every tenth time
 
Old 05-19-2007, 12:46 PM   #6
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I still don't think the latest radeon driver will work with it so updating to current should have no effect. Please, correc t me if I'm wrong. The problem is that ATI currently refuses to release any documentation on the X1xxx series of cards...

As long as you disable composite in your xorg.conf the fglrx binary drivers should work fine... I don't run Slackware current so I'm not sure what problems may arise with trying to install the ATI drivers. From what I've seen, it's problematic. Slackware current is a fast moving target. Xorg components are constantly being upgraded to development versions from what I've seen in the changelog so honestly... I wouldn't expect the binary ATI drivers to ever work if that keeps happening. ATI is usually behind anyway so..... I'm running a pure 7.2 release as specified by Xorg and I have no problems besides having to specify X_VERSION=x710 before I run the installer... That's just because they haven't gotten around to "officially" supporting Xorg-7.2 yet...

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Old 05-19-2007, 02:12 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jong357
I still don't think the latest radeon driver will work with it so updating to current should have no effect. Please, correc t me if I'm wrong. The problem is that ATI currently refuses to release any documentation on the X1xxx series of cards...

As long as you disable composite in your xorg.conf the fglrx binary drivers should work fine... I don't run Slackware current so I'm not sure what problems may arise with trying to install the ATI drivers. From what I've seen, it's problematic. Slackware current is a fast moving target. Xorg components are constantly being upgraded to development versions from what I've seen in the changelog so honestly... I wouldn't expect the binary ATI drivers to ever work if that keeps happening. ATI is usually behind anyway so..... I'm running a pure 7.2 release as specified by Xorg and I have no problems besides having to specify X_VERSION=x710 before I run the installer... That's just because they haven't gotten around to "officially" supporting Xorg-7.2 yet...
https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...ux_8.36.5.html

here they claim

System Requirements
* XOrg 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1, or 7.2; XFree86 version 4.3

but i havent tried it for ages

and yepp, radeon driver with new ati cards is odds ...
 
Old 05-19-2007, 02:25 PM   #8
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You can download a ready-made Slackware 11.0 package for the ipw3945 wireless driver here: http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/ipw3945/

Eric
 
Old 05-19-2007, 03:02 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by berVi
https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...ux_8.36.5.html

here they claim

System Requirements
* XOrg 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1, or 7.2; XFree86 version 4.3
Yea.. I know. It's a typo. The release notes here don't mention 7.2

http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/l...ux-radeon.html

and, indeed, if you extract the run file, their is no x720 directory. That's why you have to run the installer like so:

Code:
X_VERSION=x710 ./ati-driver-installer-8.36.5-x86.x86_64.run
Otherwise, you get:
Code:
==================================================
 ATI Technologies Linux Driver Installer/Packager 
==================================================
Detected configuration:
Architecture: i686 (32-bit)
X Server: X.Org 7.2.x

Detected version of X does not have a matching 'x720' directory
You may override the detected version using the following syntax:
     X_VERSION=<xdir> ./ati-driver-installer-<ver>-<arch>.run [--install]
That or you can extract the run file, symlink x710 to x720 and then repackage it to avoid the initial variable.

I know that with slackware-current, people are getting an xorg version of 1.3 or something like that. It's because Pat is using "development" versions of xorg-server. That will really screw up the ati installer because they'll never package an x130 directory in the installer. They aren't even keeping up with official xorg releases. I seriously doubt they'll ever support in-between releases of xorg-server...

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Old 05-19-2007, 03:09 PM   #10
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"Yea.. I know. It's a typo."

it tells everything about the quality of the ati linux driver
 
Old 05-19-2007, 03:22 PM   #11
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Yep.. I'm not very happy with ATI... I heard about the horror stories for years while I happily used my nvidia card but my new laptop came with an ATI X1600... It's been a headache ever since.

Another big gripe is that fglrx doesn't support compositing. They claim to be waiting on composite to be an "official" part of modular X but near as I can tell, it has been since 7.1... Of course, I hear you can use XGL with fglrx but that opens up a whole nother' can of worms getting it to compile from stable xorg-server... You start running into mesa/libdrm problems whereas the rest of xorg-server compiles just fine.

Basically, I'm not like modular X along with ATI...
 
Old 05-19-2007, 07:09 PM   #12
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what about the ieee80211 subsystem?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alien Bob
You can download a ready-made Slackware 11.0 package for the ipw3945 wireless driver here: xx Eric

Wow this is a great help!...but being a newbie, I have 3 questions:

1. i think i need to install the ieee80211 subsystem, which in theory is easily obtained by going to ieee80211.sf.net BUT it says I need kernel 2.6.8 or greater. The only kernel 2.6.8 I've found online is dated 2004. So I'm assuming 2.6.17.13 is actually MORE recent that 2.6.8 in spite of what the numbers suggest....?

2. Is it safe to use these slackbuilds on an i686 system even though the file "ipw3945.SlackBuild" suggests it was written for i486?

3. Actually, I guess I only had two questions. But I reserve this space for a third question later


Thanks!

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Sony Vaio VGN-N250N
cpu::core duo 1.73ghz / centrino::
graphix::Intel GMA 950::
wireless::ipw3945ABG::
OS::just Slackware 11.0::
 
Old 05-19-2007, 07:15 PM   #13
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Quote:
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Wow this is a great help!...but being a newbie, I have 3 questions:

1. i think i need to install the ieee80211 subsystem, which in theory is easily obtained by going to ieee80211.sf.net BUT it says I need kernel 2.6.8 or greater. The only kernel 2.6.8 I've found online is dated 2004. So I'm assuming 2.6.17.13 is actually MORE recent that 2.6.8 in spite of what the numbers suggest....?

2. Is it safe to use these slackbuilds on an i686 system even though the file "ipw3945.SlackBuild" suggests it was written for i486?
1. ieee80211 is part of the kernel, you don't have to install it separately. you must have CONFIG_IEEE80211=y instead, i donno if slack ships with a kernel built with such config, but i guess so

2. you can use i486 stuff on an i686 system

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Old 05-19-2007, 07:54 PM   #14
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.config location

Quote:
Originally Posted by berVi
CONFIG_IEEE80211=y

Cool! I did a ls -al in /usr/src/linux-2.4.33.3 -- and sure enough there was a .config file with screenfuls of options. Thanks!

...now I'll just spend the rest of the day figuring out alien bob's slackbuild and hopefully my NeXT post will be made wirelessly from my slackbook.....
 
Old 05-19-2007, 07:58 PM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by harkonen
Cool! I did a ls -al in /usr/src/linux-2.4.33.3 -- and sure enough there was a .config file with screenfuls of options. Thanks!

...now I'll just spend the rest of the day figuring out alien bob's slackbuild and hopefully my NeXT post will be made wirelessly from my slackbook.....
nonono, its part of the kernel since 2.6.20-rc1 only
 
  


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