I just installed SlackWare 14 on an (old) Acer Aspire 5101AWLMi
. The laptop also has a Windows XP installation that works perfectly.
After installing Wicd I was still unable to make a wireless connection.
Running ifconfig does NOT show the wlan adapter, when adding the -a parameter it does show. The adapter shows up in iwconfig.
iwconfig wlan0 power
> Current mode: on
iwconfig wlan0 scan
> Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down.
When I try to start the adapter:
ifconfig wlan0 up
> SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory.
In Wicd I have a "Switch Off Wi-Fi" button. This button does actually toggle the WiFi LED on the front of my laptop.
Name in lspci:
Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g]
All the information I found on the Wireless network card (in windows):
Name: Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter - Packer Scheduler Miniport
From reading other thread/sites I assume I'm missing a (partial) firmware/driver for the device but I have no idea where or what to download/install.