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Old 09-22-2006, 01:06 AM   #1
jon2088
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PCMCIA wireless card problem


Hi,

Can any experts advise me on how to get Asus WL-107G pcmcia wireless card to work in Slackware 10.2.

I have post this question in the Networking and Wireless forum but so far had no reply.

Is it really very hard to find the solution here?

Thanks.
 
Old 09-22-2006, 02:14 AM   #2
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The Hardware Compatibility List at LQ says it needs the rt2500 driver.
I have a Slackware 10.2 package for that driver here: http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slac...2500/pkg/10.2/
The card will come up under the interface name ra0.

You'll have to setup the card by editing the configuration file
Code:
/etc/rc.d/rc,inet1.conf
with something like this (as a replacement for the -assumed- empty values for the "eth1"):

Code:
# Config information for ra0:
IFNAME[1]="ra0"
IPADDR[1]=""
NETMASK[1]=""
USE_DHCP[1]="yes"
DHCP_HOSTNAME[1]=""
WLAN_ESSID[1]=YOUR_ESSID
WLAN_MODE[1]=Managed
WLAN_RATE[1]="auto"
WLAN_CHANNEL[1]="auto"
Things like WEP key could be added, too but you did not give any info on that. Just play with the values, make them match your Access Point. I also assumed you are using DHCP - if not, supply IP address, netmask and possibly a GATEWAY value.

Eric
 
Old 09-22-2006, 04:48 AM   #3
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Hi Eric,

Thank you very much for your reply.

This is my first time using Linux. Where should I place the tar driver file?

Can you give me the steps to install this driver?

Thanks.
 
Old 09-22-2006, 06:11 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jon2088
Can you give me the steps to install this driver?
These steps:
If the install was successfull (the "installpkg" command), and the driver loaded OK (the "modprobe rt2500" command), then "ifconfig ra0" should show that the ra0 interface is present.
If you entered the configuration correctly, the interface can be configured and brought "up" using the command
Code:
/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 ra0_start
A reboot would do the same.

Eric
 
Old 09-22-2006, 09:57 PM   #5
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Eric you rock! The wireless is working!

I have another question. How can I configure the sound?

When I start KDE, the sound drivers cannot be initialize.

I am using Compaq Presario 1255 Notebook.

Thank you very much for your expert help.
 
Old 09-22-2006, 10:35 PM   #6
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Have you run alsaconf as root? That should detect your sound card and get you going. Then you can run KMix and turn up your sound.

Last edited by Wirt; 09-22-2006 at 10:39 PM.
 
Old 09-23-2006, 01:00 AM   #7
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Smile

I run alsaconf and use manual configuration as the auto detection does not detect the sound card.

Everything is working now. I am starting to learn Slackware with the help of wonderful people in this forrum.

Thank you Eric and Wirt.
 
Old 09-23-2006, 01:40 AM   #8
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Hi Eric,

How did you compile the driver for rt2500?
 
Old 09-23-2006, 03:58 AM   #9
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wow, that's satisfying, seeing someone sort out their problem with the right help!

OK, I have a WEP setting, how do I work out the syntax for it and so insert it into rc.inet1.conf? I lookedin rc.inet1, and didn't get much of a clue. I guess WLAN_WEP[1]="1234etc". Still on this file's syntax, how come
Quote:
WLAN_ESSID[1]=YOUR_ESSID
WLAN_MODE[1]=Managed
settings don't use double quotes?

Also, what's with this "Slackware 10.2" package? Put in that way, it implies it won't do for "Slackware 10.1"? Suppose I'll try it out to find out.

On another line of investigation, I compiled the rt2500 from CVS source, got it up, but then when I apply my wep and dhcpcd, it pauses a minute or two and switches off! Weirdly, dhcpcd does not come up as a running process in "ps". Ah well, I must be mispelling something. I remember ages back I had similar problems though I was using "dhcpd" instead of "dhcpcd"... took me a while to sort that one out.
 
Old 09-23-2006, 04:52 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jon2088
How did you compile the driver for rt2500?
Simple, check the rt2500.SlackBuild script in http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slac.../rt2500/build/

Quote:
What's with this "Slackware 10.2" package? Put in that way, it implies it won't do for "Slackware 10.1"?
The package contains a kernel module, specifical to the Linux kernel that ships with Slackware 10.2. If you want to compile the package yourself, use the build script (see above).

Eric
 
Old 09-23-2006, 05:12 AM   #11
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Thanks Alien Bob.

How about the rc.inet1.conf syntax? Cheers.
 
Old 09-23-2006, 06:01 AM   #12
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Quote:
WLAN_ESSID[1]=YOUR_ESSID
WLAN_MODE[1]=Manage

settings don't use double quotes?
No need to use quotes.

If you are using using WEP, then add WLAN_KEY[1]=YOUR_KEY
 
Old 09-23-2006, 06:13 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alien Bob
Simple, check the rt2500.SlackBuild script in http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slac.../rt2500/build/
Haha...you called this simple? Anyway thanks.
 
Old 09-23-2006, 06:40 AM   #14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jon2088
Haha...you called this simple? Anyway thanks.
Hm yeah, simple:
Code:
lftp -c "open http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/rt2500/; mirror build"
cd build
sh rt2500.SlackBuild
installpkg /tmp/rt2500-1.1.0-b4*.tgz
Simple... if you know how, I admit.

Eric
 
Old 09-23-2006, 07:01 AM   #15
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thanks jon2088, but it ain't working for me.

Glancing through rc.inet1 which I don't understand fully (no variable declarations) it seems to want "eth" type interfaces. Maybe it's a Slack 10.1 thing.

Of course if this is wireless, why isn't all this happening in rc.wireless? Hmm.. it's modified by Alien Bob .. so OK, I'm out of my depth

dhcpcd continues to bring down the card for me too ... takes the law into its own hands ...
 
  


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