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Old 06-13-2014, 03:56 PM   #1
KrazyKanuk
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Keyboard and wireless with wpa_supplicant WPA2 scripts on boot


I found old computer in basement that I cleaned up and tried to install Slackware 14.1 but the CPU wasn't X_64 compatible so I ended up putting Slackware 13.37 on it. It installed perfectly with my Microsoft A-I-O media keyboard, but when I went to boot it for the first time it would not work in Lilo and still doesn't. I changed the timeout for Lilo to 3 seconds and after Lilo screen disappears and I am waiting at the login prompt the keyboard works perfectly. I have full intentions of changing to grub2 but I would need the keyboard to work on the grub screen is there some way to get it to work in lilo and grub2 when I get it switched?

As far as wireless networking goes after I got the firmware and modules installed loaded and running for my D-Ling DWA-160 B2 I could bring the card up and I could get a static IP on boot but for life of me I couldn't get wpa_supplicant to connect. I finally got it only after commenting out everything in /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf (I deleted the rc.wireless.conf and rc.wireless) and waiting for it to boot and entering everything on the command line, now after I go to try it on boot again after I un-comment everything in rc.inet1.conf that I previously commented out it doesn't assign the static IP, route or even the wireless usb device. Looking for suggestions on how to get it to work on boot, so I am not manually entering commands on the command line all the time. I prefer not to use the rc.local and rc.local_shutdown if I can avoid it. Any suggestions, comments or anything else would be greatly appreciated. Eventually everything I do on this system once finances permit me to get a more current system bought and built. Thank You in advance for any help you can provide.
 
Old 06-13-2014, 06:03 PM   #2
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Sooo, why didn't you install the 32bit version of 14.1?
 
Old 06-13-2014, 06:15 PM   #3
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For all I had without re-downloading anything and then burning the DVD was either 32 of 13.37 or 64 of 14.1 and 14.1 64 wouldn't install because of CPU limitations.
 
Old 06-13-2014, 09:27 PM   #4
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Are you using the -huge kernel or the -generic kernel?
If you are using the -generic kernel then you will need to include the kernel modules to support your USB devices in the initrd for those devices to be supported at boot.
 
Old 06-14-2014, 08:24 AM   #5
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I found how to fix the keyboard I had usb keyboard disabled in the CMOS turned it on and it now works in Lilo and continues to work once slackware is booted and the modules are loaded.
 
Old 06-14-2014, 09:18 AM   #6
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On a really old computer, you should boot off the non-SMP kernel.
 
  


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