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Old 09-12-2020, 10:25 AM   #16
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Probably a stupid question on my part but does your WiFi LED light up? Since you know the proper firmware comes with Slackware can you confirm it and the proper module/driver is actually loading?
Not a stupid question at all. My laptop's does, but the wireless adapter's doesn't. I'd assume the module isn't loading by default. How can I check/enable this?
 
Old 09-12-2020, 10:27 AM   #17
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Might not be relevant, but ifconfig will only show enabled interfaces by default. There's "ifconfig -a" switch for listing all interfaces.
Forgot to specify I also tried it with the -a argument. No new devices. Just eth0, lo and wlan0 (laptop's standard wireless card).
 
Old 09-13-2020, 04:39 AM   #18
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Not a stupid question at all. My laptop's does, but the wireless adapter's doesn't. I'd assume the module isn't loading by default. How can I check/enable this?
I really don't know very much about wifi 'cuz I hardwire everything, but my ancient Thinkpad needs to use wifi sometimes and it did not initially load by default. I tried "modprobe <module name>" and it would load but it didn't light up or work. Then I downloaded the firmware for that wifi nic and installed it and from then on no modprobe was needed. It was detected and loaded, lit up and worked ever since. So I'm thinking your first order of business is to get the firmware installed, although admittedly I am a bit confused why a USB device needs loadable firmware but whatever.
 
Old 09-13-2020, 10:56 AM   #19
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Hi,

One note is that you cannot use network manager & rc.inet1.conf ;
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From https://wiki.alienbase.nl/doku.php?i...eless_networks

If you want to use NetworkManager, you will have to remove any network interface configuration information from /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf in order to prevent a struggle for power between NetworkManager and Slackware's rc.inet1 script.
Some people forget this and wonder why there are issues.
Plus remember if you use rc.inet1.conf is that the last configure index Number [recommend not to use more than 6] then if you wanted index [0] to be the functioning and spec further down another index than the last will be the one used.

I typically setup my laptops with manual configures with '/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf' & /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf

I use 'networkmanager' with the Slacklive ISO for ease of use on testing laptops.

Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy Slackware!
 
Old 09-15-2020, 10:35 AM   #20
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Let's get some more details on your wireless adapter and we'll go from there:

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lspci -k | grep -iA 3 net
 
  


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