You won't believe this! I got the problem fixed!
I was messing around around with the driver with no luck.
I had even tried ndiswrapper and had the windows driver install
fine and even it didn't work.The ndiswrapper was loaded into the kernel,
the windows driver installed fine, and after running ifconfig -a and iwconfig,
even ndiswrapper didn't work! I was about to give up.Even that, I had previous
experience with ndiswrapper and I have been able to get other wireless cards
with no drivers, working because of ndiswrapper, so it's not like I didn't
know how to use the tool.Then I started thinking that maybe the usb port on the
wireless dongle was bad.There was a onboard broadcom wireless card on the laptop,
and I thought lets try use ndiswrapper to try get it working! I first did some
googling, and ran into this website:http://linux.gotfoo.org/xubuntu-606-rocks/
and found that this guy used the ndiswrapper to get his broadcom up and working.
So then I found this:http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=190177
and he shown
how he got his 4318 card up and working.I again used ndiswrapper and installed the
windows driver for the card and like it happened with the wireless dongle, the windows
driver was installed, ndiswrapper working, etc but the card wasn't showing up!
Then I read this:
Step 1: Disabling bcm43xx
Ok, so first thing we need to do is make it so that the pre-installed driver, bcm43xx, doesn't attach to the hardware on bootup.
I remembered that I seen bcm43xx messages on boot up of the laptop and thought that maybe it
was interfering with ndiswrapper.So I did this, I went into /etc/modprobe.d and on the bottom
of the list I added this:
and I rebooted the laptop.After it had started up, I went back to ndiswrapper and reloaded the windows drivers and after running the necessary commands, I ran ifconfig -a and iwconfig and the
broadcom device had shown up! I got really exited and I realized that's what was stopping all the
wireless cards from properly functioning.I quickly reinstalled the windows driver for the wireless
dongle and I got it working too! I told my friend that I fixed it, and man was he happy! Even though he is a new linux user, he loves slackware for its speed and simplicity.
Right now the wireless dongle is using the ndiswrapper driver, I think the rt2500 slackbuild
should work just fine.When I get a chance, I will try it. I just wanted to tell that the problem is fixed!
Thanks for the help!