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Old 02-04-2012, 05:33 AM   #1
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problem working wired and wifi internet - slackware 13.37

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I am a regular Ubuntu user but very new to salackware. installed Slackware 13.37 with kde some days ago.

Unable to get internet. It seems the devices are not even getting detected.

Machine: Samsung netbook N148
ethernet device: Marvell Tech. 88E8040 (PCI-E)
wifi device: Broadcomm BCM4313 (802.11 b/g/n)

i am looking for instructions to configure or compile drivers for these two devices.

kindly point me in the right direction.

Old 02-04-2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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Did you set up your network during installation?

If not, you'll need to do so; log in as root and execute
Choose DHCP or Fixed-IP as you prefer.

If you choose DHCP, just follow the prompts accepting any defaults that are shown.

If you choose Fixed-IP, you'll need to know the address of the gateway (your router or switch, frequently or -- you need to know that from the router or switch documentation), you will need to assign an address to the machine (either or depending upon the address of the gateway), and you'll need to assign the netmask (the default value,, that shows will generally be fine).

When you've finished that, you will need to reboot the machine.

There is a utility, WICD, that is found in the extra directory on your installation media -- it's for quick and easy connection to Wi-Fi.

It's likely that you haven't done this, so let's walk through a couple of steps that will make it a little easier for you.

By default, a CD-ROM or DVD will not automatically mount if you're working in the console; i.e., without X running. So here's what you do
log in as root (do not startx)
vi /etc/fstab
There is a line in /etc/fstab that looks like this:
#/dev/cdrom       /mnt/cdrom       auto        noauto,owner,ro  0   0
You want to remove the pound sign (#) then save the file so you can manually mount the CD-ROM or DVD.

Insert the CD-ROM/DVD then
prompt: mount /dev/cdrom
prompt: cd /mnt/cdrom/extra/wicd
prompt: installpkg *.t?z
<when that finishes>
cd          <this takes you back to root's home directory>
eject       <this eject the disk>
You will need to reboot; you can leave /etc/fstab as is.

When you log in and startx, WICD will be available and you use it to connect to a wi-fi network -- you probably want to read through the manual page (man wicd, but you can simply click the icon in the task bar to open wicd and see what's available (there are helps too).

Hope this helps some.

Last edited by tronayne; 02-04-2012 at 09:14 AM.
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This may help with the Broadcom driver. -->
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thanks tronayne

Both procedures went through smoothly. now I can see dhcp running at boot up & I have access to wicd; however no internet.

I can see that the hardware itself is not getting detected, so probably need to compile drivers for both the Broadcomm wifi device & Marvell network card


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