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Old 07-20-2004, 08:55 PM   #1
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Wifi on SuSE 9.1

Yes, i know its been asked upteen times before, but no matter how much i search i cant really find any decent answers to my problem, most notably becasue i am a bit new to thie linux malarky

Ok heres the thing.. i installed suse 9.1 on my dell l400 (detected everything fine, as it should) and it even detected my wlan pcmcia card, super i thought all is well.. oh no :/

Ok, so yast is telling me that my card is installed and its called 'sit0' its got drivers and everything and SHOULD work ok...

however, i do ifconfig and it dosent show up! only 'eth0' and 'lo' so i dont really know what gives :/ i was trying to assign paramaters to the card through the terminal and i couldnt understnad why they were supposedly invalid.. then i realised the card may have been installed but not initiallised properly?

Was having the pcmcia card in the slot when i installed everything a bad idea ?

Ok so now... my biggest question is, how the hell do i get suse to initialise the card on bootup (if this is the problem) and then how do go about getting it to work!!

Actually get it installed, recognised, and with drivers is a GIANT leap from any other distro i ahve tried, so i am very confident that this is fixable without too much fuss...

please help a linux noob

ta guys!!

P.S. Im using gnome, i noticed there were some wlan utils for KDE, should i try going back to this ?

Last edited by BGM; 07-20-2004 at 08:57 PM.
Old 08-13-2004, 04:06 PM   #2
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Interesting, not many responses

I have the same problem SuSe 9.1 pro, Thinkpad and compaq wl-100 wifi

Installation without a hitch but no network connection although the card is fully recognised and installed. Lights are flashing

System keeps coming back with the message "eth not (yet) up??????"

Have no clue as to what to do now. Tried both dhcp and fixed address
Old 08-14-2004, 09:13 AM   #3
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Check what chipset's your WiFI card works off, if it's Intel, they have a sourceforge project dedicated to these. This is the firmware for the cards. (Intel 2100 and 2200)

SuSE 9.1 (Pro, maybe personal) comes with a smart little program that allows you to 'install" an XP .inf driver for the WiFI cards.

This is called ndiswrapper

My problem is, i have no idea how to install the firmware!



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