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Old 02-16-2003, 12:05 PM   #1
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Question Linksys WPC11 Version 3.0

Would someone please assist me. I'm running Yellowdog Linux Version 2.3 (dayton) on a powerbook g3 wallstreet. I've read from the other posts that I can use my wireless pcmcia card in linux relatively easily. I'm new to linux and am hoping someone can assist me in setting it up. I downloaded the driver for linux from their site the wlan linux files to compile. I am wondering if there is an easier way or if someone can give me very exact instructs on how to get it to work. I think yellowdog is based on redhat,
I appreciate any help you can give, I am also open to suggestions as to if there is a better or easier in install verion of linux for the PPC based Macs. Thanks
Old 02-16-2003, 12:36 PM   #2
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First of all, you should look at some help sites like this .

Secondly, I am not familiar with Yellow Dog at all, but if it is really based on Red Hat and you are feeling adventurous, goto: and install the rpm's.

My reccomendations would be to use the files you downloaded from the linux-wlan project. That is almost sure to work.

I am going to give you instructions to install the tar.gz files. I will assume that you are a complete newbie and know nothing, so, if you're not, then bare with me.

1) cd into the directory that you downloaded the tar.gz file. cd is a command that puts you into the directory that you are working with. as an example, if you downloaded it to /home/espo/linux-wlan.tar.gz then type

cd /home/espo

into a shell and hit enter to cd into the correct directory

2) Now that you are in the correct directory, you need to decompress the file. to do this, type in

tar -xzvf linux-wlan-ng-0.1.13.tar.gz

(or whatever version of linux-wlan you downloaded). You will probably see a lot of text come up. Don't worry about it.

3) Now, open up a window and go to the directory that contained linux-wlan-ng-0.1.13.tar.gz and you should see a new folder created (probably called linux-wlan or something of the sort). Remember its name, and cd into that folder ie, if it is call linux-wlan

cd /home/espo/linux-wlan

Note: You don't really have to use the complete path name, but you do if you accidentally closed the shell, so just do it anyway to minimize problems.

4)Now, in the same shell that you just used to cd to the correct folder into, type


and then hit enter. You should see a bunch of text fly by really fast, don't worry.

5) Now type

make all

and hit enter. Then type:

make install

and hit enter.

6) If you encounter any problems, check the README that will surely be included with the linux-wlan project. If it gives you directions that differ in ANY WAY with mine, use their directions.

7) Edit the /etc/wlan.conf file, and any other files linux-wlan might tell you to after it is installed. Make sure wlan0 is aliased correctly in the /etc/modules.conf file. You should see something like this:

alias wlan0 prism2_pcmcia

Note: I am not sure what the correct driver is (I used a pci card, so I could be wrong here).

8) If you are still having troubles, read some documentation from , or ask me and I will do my best to help.

Happy hunting!

Old 02-16-2003, 11:44 PM   #3
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Old 02-17-2003, 07:53 AM   #4
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still not working This is like a nightmare. I got the pcmcia sources and put them in /usr/src/pcmcia <--thats where the confige of wlan asked for them to be. However on the make all i get errors. what am i doing wrong
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Old 02-17-2003, 10:09 AM   #5
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Exactly what errors do you get from the make? Have you tried ignoring them and continuing with a 'make install'?

Do you get any errors on startup?

Do a reboot and then check /etc/syslog for anything that seems suspicious.

Is wlan0 aliased in /etc/modules.conf?

I went through the same things your going through now, but it is really worth it. In my case, I was getting errors that were actually just because I wasn't inside a wireless network, so tell me exactly what errors you're getting.

Also, you need to make sure your card is supported (chesk It almost certainly is because it is made by linksys.

And, if yello dog supports rpm's, try the rpm's from . Maybe you will have more luck with the binaries than with the source.

Happy hunting!

Old 02-19-2003, 04:25 PM   #6
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no wlan0 is not aliased in /etc/modules.conf
this is all thats in my modules.conf

alias sound-slot-0 dmasound_pmac
alias sound-slot-1 dmasound_pmac
alias sound-service-0-0 dmasound_pmac
alias sound-service-0-3 dmasound_pmac
alias sound-service-1-0 dmasound_pmac

thats it
and my sound wont work either. It came on once by itself but now is back to not working this is gettin frustrating.
I had someone message me and have me download some lqhacks.conf file to put in my /etc/pcmcia directory and then restart pcmcia services but i am soooooooo lost
please any help you can offer i'd appreciate
I appreciate the time you have spent so far


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