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Busch 12-22-2006 10:32 PM

Wireless network not working on slackware 11.0!!!
 
I am running slackware 11.0 and I can not get the wireless network to work no matter what i do. I did the stuff that the slackbook.org thing said on wireless networks (sorry i cant post website links on first post. lame :P) But nothing happened it still says that

Quote:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.
with the iwconfig command. It's like i cant get it to detect my wireles card.

If you guys could post whats in your rc.inet1 and rc.wireless that might help me on what i should do

vdemuth 12-23-2006 02:18 AM

First thing we need to know to help is what type of wireless card/interface you have. Also, can you give the output from the command 'iwlist scan'

onebuck 12-23-2006 07:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Busch
I am running slackware 11.0 and I can not get the wireless network to work no matter what i do. I did the stuff that the slackbook.org thing said on wireless networks (sorry i cant post website links on first post. lame :P) But nothing happened it still says that



with the iwconfig command. It's like i cant get it to detect my wireles card.

If you guys could post whats in your rc.inet1 and rc.wireless that might help me on what i should do

Hi,

First, you should read some online reference. How to Ask Questions the Smart Way, is a good place to start.

What hardware (system,lan devices,wlan), kernel version.

You should as root post the output;

Code:

#dmesg |grep eth                #what eth devices
#dmesg |grep wlan              #whal wlan devices
#lspci -vv                      #post relavant devices
#ifconfig -a                    #post recognized devices
#lsmod                          #device modules

I think you want the /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf file. If you run netconfig the file will be created. Maybe you should post yours.

If you want to see a sample /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf, just do a search on LQ.

Busch 12-23-2006 08:24 AM

thx guys for your concern but I figured it out by reading all the other posts on it :P

Busch 12-23-2006 09:00 AM

dang wait nvm dont leave yet :) I thought i had it all figured out but i guess theres just one little problem idk what it is. sorry :( ill post the output you guys said i should.

for the iwlist scan it says

Quote:

lo interface doesnt support scanning.
for the dmesg | grep the only thing that said anything was the dmesg | grep ath

Quote:

multipath personality registered for level -4
anything else you need to know just tell me

Nylex 12-23-2006 09:12 AM

You wanted to use grep with eth, not ath. lspci should say something about your wireless card (or lsusb if it's a USB device).

Busch 12-23-2006 09:21 AM

dmesg | grep eth does nothing but the lspci -vv shows my atheros ethernet card. i can post you the whole output of the card but it will take a while since i will have to write it all out (using a different computer to post on here)

Alien Bob 12-23-2006 09:35 AM

Maybe you better tell us what the remaining problem is?

Eric

Busch 12-23-2006 09:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alien Bob
Maybe you better tell us what the remaining problem is?

Eric

i dont know myself really. im assuming the detection of the card itself.. anyways heres the output

Quote:

00.07.0 Ethernet controller: atheros communications, Inc. AR50056 802.1 1abg nic (rev 01)
Subsystem: D-link system Inc d-link airplus G DWL-g510 wireless pci adapter (rev .b) control: I/0 mem+ busmaster+ spec cycle- memwinv+ vgasnoop- ParErr- stepping- SERR- fastB2B
Status: cap+ 66mhz- UDF- fastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >tabort -<tabort- <mabort- >SERR- <DERR-

latency: 32 (2500ms min, 7000ns max), cache line size= 32bytes region 0: memory at dfff0000 (32-bit, non prefetchable) [size=64k]
Whew i think thats all of it

Busch 12-23-2006 10:21 AM

lol I give up going to use some other distro. thx for all your help but if I try to figure this out any more my head will exlpode.

aceo07 12-23-2006 11:28 AM

Hey, don't give up! You won't learn if you just give up. You just needed to provide all the information people asked so they can properly help you.

From one of your posts, it seems like you have an atheros wireless mini-pci card. I also have an atheros on my thinkpad. I had to install the driver for it myself and assume you have to do the same.

In order to install this driver, you need the windows driver installation software for that wireless card. In the software is a ndis driver that ndiswrapper (in linux) can use as a driver. After you get that installed, you can use kwifimanager or some other program to configure the connection.

Summary:
1. Make sure you have ndiswrapper installed. (I think it comes installed in full install. It is a package option you can install). See if you can run the 'ndiswrapper' program in terminal.
2. Get the windows drivers for your wireless card. Uncompress any files.
3. Use 'ndiswrapper -i XXXX' to install the driver from windows driver files. 'man ndiswrapper' if you need more information on that.
4. Get the wireless running with 'ifconfig wlan0 up'.
5. Use kwifimanager in KDE to configure and connect to wireless network. (personal choice, there are other options out there. It's easier than editing config files.


Don't give up. If slackware didn't have support for it, it may be that other distributions won't either.

I hope my descriptions were helpful. I am also a newbie. Hopefully my descriptions were acurate. If not, someone please correct me.

Finally using slackware as real OS after playing with it a few years. (At least since slackware 8-9).

slzckboy 12-23-2006 12:09 PM

as an alternative to the gentlemens last post do some reaseach on madwifi

the madwifi drivers support most atheros cards.
Check if they cover your particular wifi card.I found it v easy to install it and the website has a v good noob guide.

www.madwifi.org.

Once you have the card detected by the kernel using either ndiswrapper or madwifi drivers; iwconfig will give you something like this..

Code:

lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

eth1      no wireless extensions.

wifi0    no wireless extensions.

ath0      IEEE 802.11b  ESSID:""
          Mode:Managed  Channel:0  Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00
          Bit Rate:0 kb/s  Tx-Power:0 dBm  Sensitivity=0/3
          Retry:off  RTS thr:off  Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0  Missed beacon:0

then you can begin to use the files in /etc/rc.d to configure the card,ie rc.inet1 rc.wireless etc etc...
The card has to be detected at kernel level 1st b4 you can think about configuring it with these files.

Good luck,I guess if you go the other distro route you may get lucky and choose one with the correct kernel features already built in,but you will have learnt nothing.!!!!!!!!:twocents:

Busch 12-23-2006 12:36 PM

ace07 thanks for your post I guess i dont have ndiswrapper since i cant do it in the terminal. going to check on slackware cd if it has it. if not then im going to have to put it on a cd on this computer and put it on my other computer. I guess i wont give up this is just really p*ssing me off.

Well I cant find it anywhere in the slackware disk so im going with madwifi

Busch 12-23-2006 01:01 PM

:cry: noo now I have some modprobe problem lol! this has got to be a sign or something! lol

slzckboy 12-23-2006 01:09 PM

what happened?

what steps did you take?
what was fail output?


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