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Old 08-27-2006, 04:44 AM   #16
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As Graz said, did you put

alias ra0 rt2500

in your /etc/modprobe.conf

Old 08-27-2006, 06:22 AM   #17
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You should also upgrade your wireless-tools package. But you'll find that more and more bleeding edge software will no longer compile on Slackware 10.0.

Old 08-27-2006, 08:36 AM   #18
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alias ra0 rt2500 was added to /etc/modprobe.conf as well as /etc/modules.conf.

I also downloaded the rc.inet1 and rc.wireless from alien, (after reading the HCL where someone had troubles with the rc.inet1 file) which didn't make any difference, however the file doesn't seem to be executed at boot even after chmod +x /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1. Would it need to?

Old 08-28-2006, 04:10 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Chikne

I recompiled a kernel without iEEE 802.11 networking stack, just wireless drivers and wireless extensions and it's gone a bit better this time:

I am now able to compile and install the driver, however after doing a modprobe rt2500 nothing else happend the module loads though it shows in lsmod but doesn't seem to be used!!!

iwconfig doesn't give me anything either...

I also tried the driver from alien and ralink but those don't even compile!
Yeah i could never get the ralink driver to work either. I would have thought after doing the modprobe rt2500 and it giving no errors *it should* link up with the pci_hotplug module or something similar..
I recon youll get it sorted out given how pursistant you are being

I remember going through this same stuff and then it just worked.. from memory i had to also use the CSV from the serialmonkey site.
Old 08-28-2006, 09:14 AM   #20
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Download the lates rt2500 tarbal.

make install

In Fedora configure /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ra0

It worked for me.
Old 08-28-2006, 01:26 PM   #21
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This is driving me nut!!!

I think I'm gonna have to resort to installing 10.2 to see if it makes any difference... I have a second hard drive with Suse 9.1 personal on it, the problem with it is it's missing make as well as gcc, downloaded both of them and guess what, gcc requires make to be installed so it can compile, make requires gcc to be installed so it can compile. SOUND!!!!

Here's a good one:

Not having broadband yet and being quite impatient to try with 10.2 I went down the road to see if some internet cafe could download it for me. Well the first one I went to didn't have a clue at all about computers and could hardly understand what to download something means. The second one I went to was a bit more helpful but still didn't know what linux was , so he went on the slackware website and started to download the thing only to tell me later that he was gonna charge me 30($60) for it, WHAT??? Well at least he downloaded the distro and I think he was interested for himself. hehe I felt a bit proud that maybe I did convert someone

Anyway sorry about this off topic thing, but it's amazin the number of unhelpful morons that there are out there. If people were helping each other a bit more and stop acting like robots or machines the world would be a much better place to live in, IMO.


I'll post again when I can get hold of 10.2
Old 09-02-2006, 09:59 AM   #22
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GOT IT WORKING!!!!!! well, got the driver to recognize the card at least, I haven't tried anything else yet.

Here's the problem, on the HCL the card named Edimax EW-7128g (my card) is listed as a card using an rt2500 chipset.
Now yesterday while browsing on the serialmonkey website I spotted a thread discribing the same kind of problems as mine, I had a good look and there was the answer:

When doing lspci if you get:

00:0e.0 Network controller: RaLink: Unknown device 0301

Then the 0301 at the end means that your card is using an rt61 chipset, nothing wrong with it but it needs the dedicated rt61 driver, also available on the serialmonkey site, to work!!!

note that i am still under slack 10.0, that I tried to get hold of 10.2 by going down the road again, downloaded it from a net cafe, left it overnight when I came down this morning my CDs were waiting for me. Came back home to try the install, wouldn't work, that muppet burned 4 times the same image on 4 different CDs .... OK, enough rant, but it makes me wonder how he got his job in the first place, well at least he was a bit more helpful..

I will have to go and edit the HCL to warn other people


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