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I've been using Slackware 10.2 for a couple of days now on my Laptop...
The only two problems I'm having are a lack of all sound (except for the default internal *beep* sounds), and though it detects a card in the PCMCIA slot, the card is not active and I'm incapable of connecting to my wireless network and thus the internet...
I installed under bareacpi.i (having read a few posts on here, this was another option I attempted having reinstalled several times already)...
Any suggestions? I use a Netgear WG511 PCMCIA wireless network card...
As for sound, interestingly enough my volume control does control the internal *beep* default sounds, but... yuck.
Anyway, I appreciate any help that can be thrown this way.
Did the Madwifi driver tell you this? It is supposed to insert this on the way. Did you simply untar it , go root and ask it to 'make'? I never had problems with this on Slackware.
You are sure your card is an Atheros chipset? Not that that would have an impact on compiling.
Is your wifi card made in Tiawan or China? Netgear has a history of making their first run of cards in Tiawan with a good chipset (hermes, anthros, prism, etc) followed by a run of cards from China that says that it has the same good chipset but lies.
The Intersil Corporation Intersil ISL3890 [Prism GT/Prism Duette] chipset is supported by the prism54 module that is part of both 2.4 and 2.6 kernels that Slackware 10.2 ships with AFAIK.
Could you check dmesg output for any sighs of the prism54 driver trying to load?
In particular, this driver needs a firmware file that you would normally download from http://prism54.org/~mcgrof/firmware/126.96.36.199.arm - it's just not there because of the mess that their web site is in. You might find that file on the CD that came with the card, or by looking hard on the internet. The 188.8.131.52.arm file has to be renamed to isl3890 and placed in the /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware/ directory (this hotplug firmware directory changed name in recent Slackwares, you'd have to check if that directory is where your hotplug looks for firmware files).