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Old 05-08-2012, 12:23 AM   #1
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Wireless card not working - slack 13.37

I consider myself a newbie for debian, running a few games under wine, surfing the net writing docs etc is about the extent of my linux skills.

I am used to installing debian, setting up root password, username and password and then going to town.

I wanted to get into something completely different and slack was it.

After fighting acpi and xorg issues with the help of a fellow slackers I finally have a bootable laptop running Slack 13.37. Just one small problem. Wifi doesnt work.

I know the wifi card works as it was the same card in my previous windows 7 install and debian installs and worked just fine. The only difference in this laptop (Dell e6500) is I swapped out the 160GB spinner for a 120GB Vertex 3 SSD.

Is there a way to check the kernel modules for wifi cards and if the wireless card is compatible.

The card does show in the kinfocenter "Intel Co Ultimate N WiFi Link 5300".

As I said before I am a newbie to linux as a whole and slack was only installed a few days ago, so anything anyone can offer as guidance that is current or help would be very appreciated.
Old 05-08-2012, 04:03 AM   #2
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Note: The iwlwifi driver has been merged into mainline kernel since 2.6.24. If you are using kernels after this release, please use the intree (drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi) driver directly.

If the card shows, what does lsmod tell you? (open a terminal, type lsmod, post results here on this thread).
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To set up wlan the easy way in slackware, install wicd (if it isn't) and use it to configure your card.
You may follow the wicd section in aliens guide :

Sometimes you'll need
to make sure your card isn't hard or softblocked (wifi switch or button or Fn+F7 etc)

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