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Old 06-26-2008, 12:27 PM   #1
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How to Install Firmware in Slackware 12.1 IBM Thinkpad T30 (Cisco MPI350)

I have a dual-boot computer (Elive and Slackware) and wireless works in Elive but not Slackware. This website Cisco Aironet Wireless 802.11b - ThinkWiki says the firmware information for the driver is in /proc/driver/aironet/eth(x)/Status. This file exists in Elive, the version is 5.02.19. However, there are not even any subdirectories in /proc in Slackware. Is the driver/firmware information in another directory in Slackware? If not how would I go about installing the newest version that I downloaded from the Cisco website. I unzipped the .exe and got a 50C56021.IMG file. Should I put this file somewhere to install it? If so, where? Do I need to have subdirectories in /proc for the wireless card to work? Will they be made automatically after installing the firmware, or will I have to make them myself?
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If your /proc is empty, then something is wrong with your installation. The /proc filesystem is not a real filesystem, the 'files' & 'directories' you find below /proc are views on the kernel and your comnputer's processes.

Firmware files should go into the /lib/firmware directory.
What version of Slackware are you running?

Old 06-28-2008, 06:30 PM   #3
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I have Slackware 12.1. I think I'll just do a system reinstall, I really have nothing on my installation because there is no network. However, would you know when using iwconfig to change network settings if WEP hexadecimal keys require any extra settings to be changed? Because I just enter iwconfig (interface) key xxxxxxxxxx.


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