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Old 12-29-2003, 12:13 PM   #1
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slackware 9.1 kernel?

i've been having problems configuring slackware 9.1 to access my wireless network. My wireless card is on the atheros chipset so I downloaded madwifi and installed it, but i keep getting an error. on the madwifi website it said i have to make a custom kernel with some lines in it. i don't know how to directly edit the kernel to do so. help?
Old 12-29-2003, 03:30 PM   #2
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Technically, you don't edit a compiled kernel directly.

What you need to do is edit the various options that are either built into the kernel or as kernel modules through the .config file. If you did a full install of Slackware, then the kernel source should've been installed in /usr/src/linux-2.4.22 and a sym link created to /usr/src/linux. On my installation, the .config file used to compile the kernel/modules is in the /boot directory. I believe it is called config-2.4.22 (or something close to that). If you wish to reconfigure and recompile the kernel, copy this file to /usr/src/linux/.config, change to the /usr/src/linux directory, and then run either "make oldconfig" or "make menuconfig". After creating the new .config file, you'll need to actually compile the kernel/modules. I would check out the Slackware section of LQ for instructions on how to actually do this. DaOne and others have created very nice posts that I used when I did my first kernel compile.
Old 01-01-2004, 06:05 PM   #3
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ok now i have a different problem. i have got the card to turn on and it is searching for access points, but it will not recognize my wireless network at home. from the same exact spot though, windows xp will find it and the connection will be "very good".
Old 01-01-2004, 06:45 PM   #4
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ok i figured out what i was doing wrong. i needed to do this [for everyone else with problems in the future]:

install madwifi
iwconfig ath0 essid "your_ssid"
dhcpcd ath0

and now it works. gotta figure out freebsd now.


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