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Old 01-24-2008, 12:58 PM   #1
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rt2500 on slackware 12

I use a slackware 12 machine as a firewall/gateway connecting to a wireless network and sharing internet connection. I use a pci Linksys wifi card with Ralink rt2500 chipset. When the machine boots, connects to the access point but after a while I get a link quality 0/100 and the card becomes inactive (the green light on the back of the card goes off as well). I can scan using iwlist for available networks but all having a link quality 0/100 and ping reply gives “network unreachable”. When I unload the kernel module which loaded at boot time (modprobe –r rt2500) and then run the connection script again everything works fine!

##connection script (rc.local)
ifconfig ra0 up
sleep 2
iwconfig ra0 essid tsiou
sleep 2
iwconfig ra0 mode Managed
sleep 2
iwconfig ra0 channel auto
sleep 2
iwconfig ra0 rate auto
sleep 2
iwconfig ra0 txpower auto
sleep 2
iwconfig ra0 key **************************
sleep 2
dhcpcd ra0

I tried both and kernels and all the rt2500 drivers (stable and cvs) from serialmonkey and I still got the same issue. It seems like a problem on module loading or something….i think…I also added /sbin/modprobe rt2500 in /etc/rc.d/rc.modules but nothing changed….after a while the connection goes of….then unloaded the module and run the script again and everything works as a charm…..
Can anybody help me pls?
Old 02-03-2008, 09:39 AM   #2
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Just a could be the kernel source. I had problems getting
a wireless module to work correctly with Debian. After downloading the
source code from and compiling a new kernel with the same
configuration, the module worked correctly.
Old 04-20-2008, 04:57 AM   #3
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Unhappy problem rt2500 slackware 12

Hi at all. I'm new in Slackware world. I have always used Ubuntu and now I decide to switch to slackware 12.
I have a problem, and I hope I am in the right place to resolve it.
I installed slack 12 in a old laptop (kernel huge.s), and I want to use a PCMCIA wireless card with chipset rt2500 Ralink.
I try to download and install the driver on the seamonkey project. All was perfect:
# make
# make install
give me no errors, but when I try the command
# modprobe rt2500
I obtain that no Module is not found. I check if the kernel source has been installed, and it's ok; but launching command
# lsmod
I obtain that rt2500 is not installed (it isn't list in the output).
I don't know what I have to do... Has someone have any ideas? Should I recompile kernel or something other?
Thank you in advance...


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