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Old 09-06-2004, 12:12 PM   #1
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Debian Woody WLAN card

I am trying to install a lynksys WPC11 ver 3 card.
I installed Debian Woody with the additional command for the 2.4.18 kernel
I got the message PCMCIA was installed and doesn't appear needed. I removed it.

I obtained the linux-wlan-ng-0.2.0 tarball, expanded it read the README etc.

upon the command make config, it chokes on finding the linux source directory.
so the distrubition doesn't install the source. I run dselect grabbed the kernel-source and the packages that it depends on, as well as kernel-packages and the package that it depends on opened the tarball etc.
so now I am running kernel 2.4.18 and have matching kernel source in the directory (/usr/src/kernel-source-2.4.18) I then set up a symbolic link linux for ease of use. I then tried to make the wireless package again, receiving the same error. I looked through the make file to see if it was simply unable to not find certain files, from what I can tell the files are there (though it is possible that the content is not exactly what is looking for, not sure how to check that) Unfortunately as I am setting up this system, I do not have internet access with that computer and am having to ferry files over quite a bit. Out of curiosity, upon installation does Debian Sarge include the apparently necessary kernel-source files.

Also I tried rebuilding the kernel from the source files, at the time I did the default woody installation which created the 2.2.20 kernel that clearly didn't correspond to the source files that i had. succeeded in building a new kernel but then tags associated with files on a cd had garbled text (correct tags however). Unfortunately I was able to get the Prism package at that point, but still not able to successfully configure. Apparently I did something really bad and crashed my system so badly it refused to boot (something about data in the superblocks not matching data that was actually on the drive). I did research and found how get the 2.4.18 kernel to install instead, successfully did that and it reads things well.

Do I need to rebuild the kernel again and if so are there caveats to prevent silly things like garbled text etc.
Old 09-06-2004, 02:08 PM   #2
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Hello there,
My personal advice would be to upgrade to the testing branch (sarge).
Sarge will be the stable release in a few weeks and it is already Rock-solid.
I personally had a lot of problems when I was using woody, and these
problems were only solved by upgrading to Sarge.

apt-get dist-upgrade


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