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Oy, I just did a stage-1 compile/install of gentoo, but i'm having some problems with my wireless card. It is a NetGear WG511 802.11g PCI NIC @ 54mbps using the ...
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    Wireless Card


    Oy,
    I just did a stage-1 compile/install of gentoo, but i'm having some problems with my wireless card. It is a NetGear WG511 802.11g PCI NIC @ 54mbps using the Prism GT/Duette chipset (prism54 driver). I have gotten this card working on both Fedora Core 1 and Yoper v2.1 (How I got it working on Yoper), but for some reason, when I've tried it on Gentoo, no dice. I've tried
    Code:
    ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~x86" emerge prism54
    and it will download and install, but it won't work. So I tried manually compiling the driver:
    Code:
    tar xvfj prism54-1.1.tar.bz2
    cd prism54-1.1gjf
    make KDIR=/usr/src/2.6.8-gentoo-r3/ clean modules
    make KDIR=/usr/src/2.6.8-gentoo-r3/ install
    depmod -a
    Which compiles/installs the driver
    Then I
    Code:
    mkdir -p /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware
    cd /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware
    wget http://prism54.org/~mcgrof/firmware/isl3890
    which downloads/installs the firmware.
    Then I do:
    Code:
    ifconfig eth1 up
    And it says that it couldn't find the device.
    HELP???
    thanks
    -lakerdonald

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    laker_jedi ,

    Are you sure it's called eth1? Maybe it's eth0. I've heard of the wireless card being called wth1 instead of eth1. What does ifconfig say?

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    i'm sure it's not eth0, cos my wired ethernet is eth0. i did ifconfig and it showed:
    eth0 blah blah blah (wired ethernet)
    top1 blah blah blah (no idea)
    lo blah blah blah (loopback)
    I had no idea what top1 was, so i did
    Code:
    iwconfig top1
    and it said "wireless extension not found" or something like that
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    i'll check some more when i get home, but i am at school right now

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    So you don't have an eth1 either? Is there a tool in Gentoo that allows you to install new hardware?

    (I'm no good w/ gentoo, sorry )
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    well i just got home, and this time it at least recognized eth1:
    Code:
    ifconfig eth1 up
    and then it just spit out crap how it can't load the module cos its in a bad directory (which it was)
    Code:
    Error:can't stat /lib/modules/2.6.7-gentoo-r11/blahl/blah/blah
    which makes sense since i have the 2.6.8-gentoo-r3 kernel installed, so i made a symlink:
    Code:
    ls -s /lib/modules/2.6.8-gentoo-r3 /lib/modules/2.6.7-gentoo-r11
    apparently, that worked to an extent, but not enough to get the driver working. This time, it found the module, but now it wasn't in the right format:
    Code:
    ifconfig eth1 up
    Error:/lib/modules/2.6.8-gentoo-r3/blah/blah/prism54.ko -- not a valid module
    ???

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    Mandrake linux

    I have had the same problem but it's with mandrake linux 1.0.
    I went and decompressed the tarbal
    changed directories (to the tarball)
    did make KDIR=/usr/src/linux/ clean module
    make install
    then depmod -a
    and it returns with *** Unresolved symbols in /lib/modules/2.4.25-2mdk/kernel/drivers/net/wirless/prism54/prism.o
    can anyone help this linux newbie out?

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