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Out of the box no wireless was detected, so I installed the driver from the realtek website and installed using src2pkg which worked fine. After a reboot the wireless seems to be detected. WICD can see networks and iwconfig detects wlan0.
However WICD can never seem to connect to the network, even with the wep key and settings correct it fails with "Failed to get IP address". Interestingly the following seems to reliably result in a connection
I'm running Slackware64-current without wicd on a Thinkpad x100e with the same wireless device. The module in use is rtl819xSE, if your system uses the same driver (check with lspci -k) for the device, it should work.
Hi - using same wireless (not my PC) and lspci -k indicates that no kernel module is being loaded for this device.
What's the correct module? Do I need to recompile (running huge atm) or do I need to download driver from realtek?
Module listed above is either incorrectly stated or not in the huge kernel.
I can confirm that on a similar Lenovo Thinkpad (Edge with AMD/ATI hardware), wireless (Realtek RTL8188CE adapter) works fine with WICD control once I remembered that in order to get this working previously with Slackware 13.1 I had to download the driver from Realtek website. Presumably this kernel module is not included in Slackware distribution as it contains some binary-only code.
I have a modified rc.inet1.conf with details I have added such as the wireless LAN key, but this does not seem to interfere with WICD management, except that now and again I have to do a
before WICD can arrange the connection.
BTW did I read in another thread that WICD was going to be dropped by Slackware as it was not being maintained? If so, what should we be using in the future? Or even right now?
wicd is not able to handle wpa2 encryption. If you have wpa2 you'll need wpa_supplicant. But since wpa_supplicant can handle any encryption one can substitute wicd with wpa_supplicant. I'd suggest to read the manpage for wpa_supplicant and wpa_supplicant.conf