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Distribution: Slint64-14.2beta2 on Lenovo Thinkpad W520
First make sure wifi is enables (on some laptops there is a switch for that, I don't know for yours).
Then type as root in a terminal:
ifconfig -a # you should see you wireless interface, probably names wlan0. If not, there is a problem to be solved
ifconfig # if the wireless interface shows in previous command but not in this one, bring it up with following command (tne try this one again to check)
ifconfig wlan0 up # replace wlan0 with the wireless interface name, if different
iwconfig # your wireless interface should show, probably as "not associated"
iwlist wlan0 scan # you should see the networks. Replace wlan0 with the wireless interface name, if different
I suggest you try wicd (available in /extra) which is very easy to use.
Last edited by Didier Spaier; 07-24-2012 at 11:03 AM.
Just for future reference, wpa_supplicant/wpa_gui is meant to allow you access to a protected access point (e.g. setting the password, ESSID, frequency, etc. for that access point). If you want to learn how to connect via terminal (without the use of wicd, NetworkManager or anything else out there), this guide can help: