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Old 06-02-2007, 05:50 PM   #1
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newbie + slackware + wifi = :(


hello friends
i still cant figure out how to connect to the net in slackware (i am using windows). i tried iwlist --help and other stuff, but didnt really understand.

how can i connect to the net? (i need to stop using windows)

thanks
 
Old 06-02-2007, 06:28 PM   #2
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Hi -osc. Here is a link about your wifi card with Slackware .
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=555687

I found this by using the "Search forum" button on the "Threads in forum" title bar of the main forum page. It's a good place to look for info on what your trying to do.

It is going to be far easier for you if you can connect to the net from Slackware with a cable first and then try and setup your Slackware wireless. You may need to be downloading drivers and tools to fix your problem and downloading them to windows and then getting them into Slackware can be a pain.

Wireless can be a bit of a nightmare at first anyway, especially if you have WAP setup. I have found it easier to first get a wired connection, second get a none encrypted wireless connection and then setup WPA or WEP. You may well have to do quite a bit of reading/searching to get your answers (unless someone gives you a set by step detailed way of doing this) but this will teach you a lot.

Not wishing to sound cruel or try and put you off here but if you want your wifi to "just work" instantly then maybe Slackware is not for you. I found that PCLinuxOS was the only distro (and I have played with a lot) that would "just work" with my wireless WPA setup. I don't use PCLinuxOS much as I love Slackware and have got my wireless working but it took a lot of research (I feel it was worth it ) but I am quoting this as an example.

Good luck whatever you decide.
 
Old 06-02-2007, 09:33 PM   #3
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You might need to find more information at IPW3945 project, http://ipw3945.sf.net
 
Old 06-03-2007, 04:58 PM   #4
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i had already installed the driver ipw3945.

when i type: iwconfig eth0
i get eth0: no wireless extensions

when i type: iwconfig eth0 essid "La Fuente"
i get: Error for wireless request "Set ESSID" (8B1A):
SET failed on device eth0; No such device

what must i do. what must i type.
 
Old 06-03-2007, 05:07 PM   #5
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have you installed these checklist?
- binary microcode image
- binary user space regulatory daemon
- ieee80211 subsystem version 1.1.11 or newer.
- Wireless Tools (from Slackware package)
 
Old 06-04-2007, 12:58 PM   #6
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Also, are you sure your wireless card is on eth0??

ifconfig -a will show you all network interfaces (enabled or disabled)
iwconfig (no arguments) will show all enabled interfaces, and if they have wireless extensions.
 
Old 06-05-2007, 06:58 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by osc~
i had already installed the driver ipw3945.

when i type: iwconfig eth0
i get eth0: no wireless extensions

when i type: iwconfig eth0 essid "La Fuente"
i get: Error for wireless request "Set ESSID" (8B1A):
SET failed on device eth0; No such device

what must i do. what must i type.
Code:
$ iwconfig
Post results.
 
Old 06-05-2007, 07:49 PM   #8
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hello all;

(as root)
when i type "ifconfig -a" i get:

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:13:A9:8C:C1:C9
BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
Interrupt:18

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

When i type "iwconfig" i get:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

what must i do with this info?

Last edited by osc~; 06-05-2007 at 07:59 PM.
 
Old 06-05-2007, 09:56 PM   #9
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hm.... i think you need to install the firmware first
what's the output of
Quote:
dmesg | grep ipw
 
Old 06-05-2007, 10:57 PM   #10
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when i type:
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dmesg | grep ipw
i get nothing.

Last edited by osc~; 06-14-2007 at 03:46 PM.
 
Old 06-14-2007, 03:47 PM   #11
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can anybody help me???
is slackware that difficult to configure or is it my laptop?
 
Old 06-14-2007, 07:52 PM   #12
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This is my output of dmesg | grep ipw

ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.2.0kdmprq
ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
ipw2200: Radio Frequency Kill Switch is On:
ipw2200: Detected geography ZZM (11 802.11bg channels, 0 802.11a channels)
 
Old 06-18-2007, 08:42 PM   #13
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when i type lsmod i get:
Quote:
Module Size Used by
cpufreq_ondemand 6476 2
snd_seq_dummy 2892 0
snd_seq_oss 30592 0
snd_seq_midi_event 6016 1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq 47952 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_seq_device 6412 3 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
snd_pcm_oss 43104 0
snd_mixer_oss 14976 1 snd_pcm_oss
ipv6 246048 14
ntfs 212116 1
acpi_cpufreq 9116 0
freq_table 4488 2 cpufreq_ondemand,acpi_cpufreq
thermal 13772 0
processor 28292 2 acpi_cpufreq,thermal
battery 8644 0
ac 3844 0
hci_usb 15100 0
bluetooth 44580 1 hci_usb
usb_storage 72000 0
usbhid 21536 0
nvidia 6832100 22
libusual 15636 1 usb_storage
ohci1394 32180 0
i2c_i801 9228 0
i2c_core 19456 2 nvidia,i2c_i801
intel_agp 20828 1
agpgart 28168 2 nvidia,intel_agp
snd_hda_intel 17016 5
ieee1394 87520 1 ohci1394
piix 9156 0 [permanent]
evdev 8256 1
snd_hda_codec 162928 1 snd_hda_intel
ehci_hcd 28504 0
uhci_hcd 21844 0
tifm_7xx1 5888 0
tifm_core 6336 1 tifm_7xx1
sky2 36312 0
snd_pcm 72460 4 snd_pcm_oss,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
snd_timer 20104 3 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd 45508 17 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss, snd_mixer_oss,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_pcm,snd_timer
usbcore 118348 7 hci_usb,usb_storage,usbhid,libusual,ehci_hcd,uhc i_hcd
soundcore 6048 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 7752 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
 
Old 06-18-2007, 09:25 PM   #14
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Did you read the instructions for the ipw3945 driver linked above?

The firmware needs to be correctly installed. Is it?
The regulatory daemon needs to be installed and running. Is it?

Without those two pieces, your card will not function.

There is an alternative driver under development that does not require the daemon: http://intellinuxwireless.org/?p=iwlwifi
 
Old 07-12-2007, 11:40 AM   #15
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I think this is a bug, similar to the Ubuntu bug reported last week with Radio Kill switch:

I have every loaded and reloaded many times, I still cannot get my eth1 to be deteced as a wireless device:

modprobe -r ipw3945
modprobe ipw3945

outputs the following in dmesg:
Jul 12 12:33:14 xps-m1710 kernel: ipw3945: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945 Network Connection driver for Linux, 1.2.1d
Jul 12 12:33:14 xps-m1710 kernel: ipw3945: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
Jul 12 12:33:14 xps-m1710 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:0c:00.0[A] -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
Jul 12 12:33:14 xps-m1710 kernel: ipw3945: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Jul 12 12:33:15 xps-m1710 kernel: ipw3945: Radio Frequency Kill Switch is On:
Jul 12 12:33:15 xps-m1710 kernel: Kill switch must be turned off for wireless networking to work.


I haven't found or googled and adedquate solution as I am juggling this while trying to work LOL but I feel your pain since I went nuts all day reloaded and recompiling crap...I can't figure out why this suddenly happend, but it seems to be ACPI related, I may end up trying a kernel boot parameter to turn it off
 
  


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