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Old 09-28-2003, 10:11 PM   #1
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Cool SMC2635W driver install instructions

I finally got my SMC 2635W wireless nic to work in Slackware 9.0. I thought that I would document what I did to get it to work to save someone else some time. Here is the URL to my home page where I describe the installation (this is my first post, and placing links in a thread isn't allow until you've posted five):

The page is semi-newbie-friendly. I was too lasy to go into extreme detail on alot of things, but at the same time I tried to specify all of the commands I used during the install. Hope it helps.


*8-17-04* Updated link above - hope this helps out.

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Old 09-29-2003, 06:46 PM   #2
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SMC 2635W

Do you have to add ifconfig and route to your startup scripts?

I have to manually add the router's IP address and add rule to the firewall to open the connection.
Old 09-30-2003, 12:31 AM   #3
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I didn't have to. After running netconfig and specifying dhcp, everything worked fine for me.
Old 10-16-2003, 04:41 PM   #4
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I am on Red Hat 9.0. My version of gcc is gcc (GCC) 3.2.2 20030222.

I follow your instructions, when I hit make gcc produces lots of warnings about parse, type errors ect. In the end it fails with this error message:

/usr/include/linux/mii.h: At top level:
adm8201.c:139: storage size of `LM_timer_list' isn't known
adm8201.c:1737: storage size of `adm8211_driver' isn't known
{standard input}: Assembler messages:
{standard input}:40: Error: symbol `__devinitdata' is already defined
make: *** [adm8201.o] Error 1

Any surgestions. I really need to get this card working!

Old 08-17-2004, 12:22 AM   #5
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Man, I've been trying to get my SMC2635W to work for over a week now and my eyes can't focus past a couple of feet with the reading and thread-chasing I've been doing. Any chance the steps you have take might work with SuSE 9.1 (kernel 2.6.4)? I tried to go to your web page but got "object not found" there a typo by chance? My pulse is quickening at the thought of getting to a *newbie-friendly" site (semi or not). Thanks for any help!

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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Wireless Networking and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
Old 08-24-2004, 01:46 PM   #7
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New Open source driver for Adm8211 chipset

There is work on a open source driver for the adm8211 chipset. The effort is mainly for 2.6.6 kernel and above. There are some 2.4 make files. See the main thread for this project at:

I hope this helps with your problem. I used ndiswrapper with windrivers in Mnadrake 9.2 with success. I am using this new driver in Mandrake 10.0.
Old 08-24-2004, 02:58 PM   #8
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lightsail wrote:

>See the main thread for this project at:


>I hope this helps with your problem.

Thanks for the info. I've been following both threads. Couldn't get DrEvil's instructions to work and tried the ...105-2.6.tar.gz file without success as well. (My kernel's 2.6.4).

Have gotten myself a little smarter on some of what's involved in the meantime and will try both again. If that fails, I will document what I've done and post for some help and advice. Will probably do that in the 132161 thread.

In the meantime...insmod has been a problem in loading the driver, and I've been wondering whether modprobe might work better? Any thoughts? Thanks.
Mike Farnsworth
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Old 09-28-2004, 11:13 PM   #9
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Does anybody know if these steps work for RH8 or Fedora Core 1??

I'm new to Linux and wireless, could you please help..

Old 04-21-2006, 11:54 PM   #10
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I also tried that URL. It doesn't work. I tried several variations, and managed to get a listing of that directory. There are no files ('cept for directories) in that directory. It does not appear to be a spelling error. Most likely, that resource just doesn't exist. That makes this thread quite useless.
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Two year old posts about wireless networking are usually not very to the point, due to advancements in hardware and distros.



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