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Old 06-18-2009, 09:20 PM   #1
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Wireless in Lenny/XFCE

Trying to get wireless up manually in LXDE since there's no network manager with the basic install. Oddly, I didn't have this problem with XFCE from the same install disk.

lsmod shows that the correct wireless module is installed.

"ifconfig wlan0 up" returns "SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such flag or directory"

net-tools and wireless-tools are installed.

What am I missing here?

Old 06-18-2009, 10:13 PM   #2
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What is the output of "ifconfig -a", and which wireless module (and what hardware) are you working with?
Old 06-18-2009, 10:45 PM   #3
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LOL. Dang it, MS3FGX! Thanks for the reply but I can't try your suggestion right now.

I hung around for awhile using Puppy then booted back up with my XFCE install to see if the kernel modules are the same. They are.

It's a Linksys usb device that uses the rt73usb kernal module (and supporting modules). All that looks good.

I had worked up a simple manual startup script that goes:

ifconfig wlan0 up
iwconfig wlan0 essid linksys #yes: it is "linksys"
iwconfig wlan0 key off
iwconfig wlan0 mode managed

This worked fine in XFCE to get me up. Then I got wicd and was good to go.

ifconfig -a in XFCE install gives info for lo, wlan0, and wmaster0-00. As I recall it was only giving me lo in the LXDE install.

Thanks again. Still scratching my head...

Last edited by rerushg; 06-18-2009 at 10:48 PM. Reason: Correct omission


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