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    cant get wireless to work in slack 13


    Guess this is not a new problem... I have been looking around on the net and tried a few things, none that really changed anything.

    So I installed slackware 13 on my laptop. i am kind of newbeish, but i do know a little of linux.

    the wpa_gui in kde 4.something says "could not get status from wpa_supplicant"

    also, iwconfig says lo no wireless connections and eth0 no wireless connections...

    any ideas? all help is greatly appreciated!

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    I don't do any wireless at all so can't offer any specific help, but check this wireless guide if you haven't done so already for some steps to get you started:

    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/wir...tart-here.html
    oz

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    Hello

    Out of the many posts, this one attract my attention. I believe it is possible for anyone to participate.

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    hey and thanks...

    tried installing the driver from broadcoms homepage, guess i did something sightly right, but not right enough...

    earlier, it always said that lo, eth0 and eth1 had no connections and iwlist scanning said that nothing could be scanned.

    now it says like this:

    Code:
    last 3 lines of dmesg:
    
    eth1 (wl): not using net_device_ops yet                                         
    lib80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'TKIP'                                     
    eth1: Broadcom BCM4311 802.11 Wireless Controller 5.10.91.9                     
    
    iwconfig:                                           
    lo        no wireless extensions.                                               
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    irda0     no wireless extensions.
    
    eth1      IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:""  Nickname:""
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
              Bit Rate:54 Mb/s   Tx-Power:32 dBm                                
              Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off                
              Power Managementmode:All packets received                         
              Link Quality=5/5  Signal level=0 dBm  Noise level=0 dBm           
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0          
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0          
    
    iwlist scanning:
    lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
    eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
    irda0     Interface doesn't support scanning.
    eth1      Scan completed :
              Cell 01 - Address: 00:90:D0:FC:C5:93
                        ESSID:"TN_private_C0430C"
                        Mode:Managed
                        Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
                        Quality:4/5  Signal level:-66 dBm  Noise level:-92 dBm
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        Encryption key:on
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                                  24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
                                  12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
              Cell 02 - Address: 00:13:49:F8:C6:9D
                        ESSID:"zork"
                        Mode:Managed
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Quality:5/5  Signal level:-51 dBm  Noise level:-92 dBm
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        Encryption key:on
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
                                  9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
                                  48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
              Cell 03 - Address: 00:19:5B:DE:E0:D4
                        ESSID:"dlink"
                        Mode:Managed
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Quality:3/5  Signal level:-69 dBm  Noise level:-92 dBm
                        Encryption key:off
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
                                  9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
                                  48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
    you see the essid zork? thats my wireless....

    anyway, the wpa_qui still says no to status from wpa_supplicant. so any ideas what the next step here could be to get it to work?

    PS: this is the closest i have been to get wireless to work. i have tried in on and off for 2 years . my wife always complains about me messing up the computer for nothing since i always go back to windows, please help me get her quiet this time

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    thanks ozar, i did that and here is the info:

    Code:
    ============ lspci ============
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 Host Bridge [1002:7910]
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel modules: ati-agp
    00:02.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Graphics Port 0) [1002:7913]
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:04.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc Device [1002:7914]
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:05.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 1) [1002:7915]
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:06.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 2) [1002:7916]
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:12.0 SATA controller [0106]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA [1002:4380]
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: ahci
    00:13.0 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI0) [1002:4387]
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: ohci-hcd
    00:13.1 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI1) [1002:4388]
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: ohci-hcd
    00:13.2 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI2) [1002:4389]
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: ohci-hcd
    00:13.3 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI3) [1002:438a]
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: ohci-hcd
    00:13.4 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI4) [1002:438b]
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: ohci-hcd
    00:13.5 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB Controller (EHCI) [1002:4386]
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: ehci-hcd
    00:14.0 SMBus [0c05]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller [1002:4385] (rev 14)
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: piix4_smbus
    	Kernel modules: i2c-piix4
    00:14.1 IDE interface [0101]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 IDE [1002:438c]
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: ATIIXP_IDE
    	Kernel modules: pata_atiixp
    00:14.2 Audio device [0403]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) [1002:4383]
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
    	Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
    00:14.3 ISA bridge [0601]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge [1002:438d]
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    00:14.4 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge [1002:4384]
    00:18.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration [1022:1100]
    00:18.1 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map [1022:1101]
    00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller [1022:1102]
    00:18.3 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control [1022:1103]
    	Kernel driver in use: k8temp
    	Kernel modules: k8temp
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon HD 2400 XT [1002:94c8]
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8071 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller [11ab:436b] (rev 15)
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: sky2
    	Kernel modules: sky2
    05:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
    	Subsystem: AMBIT Microsystem Corp. Device [1468:0422]
    	Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    	Kernel modules: ssb
    0b:06.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711SP1 Memory CardBus Controller [1217:7136] (rev 01)
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
    	Kernel modules: yenta_socket
    0b:06.2 SD Host controller [0805]: O2 Micro, Inc. Integrated MMC/SD Controller [1217:7120] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
    	Kernel modules: sdhci-pci
    0b:06.3 Mass storage controller [0180]: O2 Micro, Inc. Integrated MS/xD Controller [1217:7130] (rev 01)
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    0b:06.4 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: O2 Micro, Inc. Firewire (IEEE 1394) [1217:00f7] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0124]
    	Kernel driver in use: ohci1394
    	Kernel modules: ohci1394
    
    ============ lsusb ============
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 064e:a101 Suyin Corp. Acer CrystalEye Webcam
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 054c:0243 Sony Corp. MicroVault Flash Drive
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    
    ============ lsmod ============
    Module                  Size  Used by
    radeon                144928  0 
    drm                   137856  1 radeon
    snd_seq_dummy           2464  0 
    snd_seq_oss            29792  0 
    snd_seq_midi_event      5980  1 snd_seq_oss
    snd_seq                47984  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_seq_device          6088  3 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
    snd_pcm_oss            37728  0 
    snd_mixer_oss          14300  1 snd_pcm_oss
    ipv6                  243508  14 
    cpufreq_ondemand        6632  1 
    speedstep_lib           3840  0 
    powernow_k8            12800  1 
    freq_table              3420  2 cpufreq_ondemand,powernow_k8
    lp                      9316  0 
    ppdev                   7200  0 
    parport_pc             24036  0 
    parport                30700  3 lp,ppdev,parport_pc
    fuse                   54008  5 
    joydev                  9504  0 
    b43                   127576  0 
    mac80211              155588  1 b43
    cfg80211               36468  2 b43,mac80211
    input_polldev           3108  1 b43
    snd_hda_codec_realtek   188544  1 
    thermal                15096  1 
    processor              38600  2 powernow_k8,thermal
    video                  16492  0 
    thermal_sys            10756  3 thermal,processor,video
    acer_wmi               15328  0 
    uvcvideo               58184  0 
    videodev               38688  1 uvcvideo
    snd_hda_intel          23624  2 
    snd_hda_codec          53788  2 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
    nsc_ircc               16048  0 
    irda                  106456  1 nsc_ircc
    snd_hwdep               6816  1 snd_hda_codec
    rfkill                  9296  3 b43,acer_wmi
    sdhci_pci               6844  0 
    snd_pcm                68128  3 snd_pcm_oss,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    sdhci                  15520  1 sdhci_pci
    ssb                    38848  1 b43
    crc_ccitt               1628  1 irda
    snd_timer              19108  2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
    ati_agp                 6632  0 
    i2c_piix4               8908  0 
    rtc_cmos               10124  0 
    output                  2396  1 video
    yenta_socket           23848  1 
    snd                    50820  15 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_timer
    v4l1_compat            13184  2 uvcvideo,videodev
    pcmcia                 33772  2 b43,ssb
    k8temp                  4156  0 
    rsrc_nonstatic         10876  1 yenta_socket
    mmc_core               45304  1 sdhci
    wmi                     6280  1 acer_wmi
    sky2                   45888  0 
    rtc_core               15992  1 rtc_cmos
    evdev                   9152  11 
    agpgart                29256  2 drm,ati_agp
    hwmon                   2104  2 thermal_sys,k8temp
    soundcore               5824  1 snd
    led_class               3392  3 b43,acer_wmi,sdhci
    pcmcia_core            32016  5 b43,ssb,yenta_socket,pcmcia,rsrc_nonstatic
    sg                     24912  0 
    button                  5708  0 
    container               3132  0 
    ac                      3840  0 
    battery                 9856  0 
    psmouse                41676  0 
    serio_raw               5024  0 
    rtc_lib                 2332  1 rtc_core
    snd_page_alloc          7972  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    
    ============ dmesg-firmware ============
    
    ============ kernel version ============
    2.6.29.6-smp
    
    ============ ifconfig ============
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1d:72:01:44:af  
              inet addr:169.254.188.105  Bcast:169.254.255.255  Mask:255.255.0.0
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
              Interrupt:16 
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:24 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:24 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:1240 (1.2 KiB)  TX bytes:1240 (1.2 KiB)
    
    
    ============ iwconfig ============
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:""  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
              Tx-Power=0 dBm   
              Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=2352 B   
              Encryption key:off
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
    i sure hope it helps!

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    Wireless problems... this is a classic. I recently installed Slackware 13.0. Got broadcom drivers, played around with /etc/rc.d/inet1.conf for a few days but nothing seemed to work. Being desperate, I installed windows 7. After a few minutes of surfing I went back to slackware and somehow my wireless was working.

    Try installing wicd it might help or post your /etc/rc.d/inet1.conf file

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    Hi, I am currently running Slackware 13.0 x86_64 and my Wireless works. It took me a day or two to get this right.

    What you can try is this:

    Code:
    man wpa_supplicant
    man wpa_supplicant.conf
    wpa_supplicant more or less allows you to connect to a wireless access point, wpa_supplicant.conf is it's configuration file that tells wpa_supplicant what ESSID to try and connect to, what the encryption type is for the router and what the key is for the router if it's secure.

    As an example here is my wpa_supplicant.conf and my iwlist scan
    Code:
    wlan0     Scan completed :
              Cell 01 - Address: 00:23:69:57:6C:FB
                        ESSID:"Raiders"           
                        Mode:Master               
                        Channel:1                 
                        Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
                        Quality=100/100  Signal level:-48 dBm  
                        Encryption key:on                      
                        IE: Unknown: 000752616964657273        
                        IE: Unknown: 010882840B162430486C      
                        IE: Unknown: 030101                    
                        IE: Unknown: 2A0100                    
                        IE: Unknown: 2F0100                    
                        IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1                                                                                                                              
                            Group Cipher : TKIP                                                                                                                                      
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP                                                                                                                         
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK                                                                                                                          
                        IE: Unknown: 32040C121860                                                                                                                                    
                        IE: Unknown: DD6F0050F204104A00011010440001021041000100103B000103104700101919B15F6F52898B6D37FCDF9E70168A102100074C696E6B737973102300075752543136304E102400063132333435361042000234321054000800060050F2040001101100075752543136304E100800020084                                                                                               
                        IE: Unknown: DD090010180203F4050000                                                                                                                          
                        IE: WPA Version 1                                                                                                                                            
                            Group Cipher : TKIP                                                                                                                                      
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP                                                                                                                         
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK                                                                                                                          
                        IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101000003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F00                                                                                            
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s                                                                                                         
                                  24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s                                                                                                          
                                  12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s                                                                                                                                   
                        Extra:tsf=0000007b5a746186                                                                                                                                   
                        Extra: Last beacon: 64ms ago
    # See /usr/doc/wpa_supplicant-0.6.9/wpa_supplicant.conf.sample
    # for many more options that you can use in this file.

    Code:
    # This line enables the use of wpa_cli which is used by rc.wireless
    # if possible (to check for successful association)
    ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
    # By default, only root (group 0) may use wpa_cli
    ctrl_interface_group=0
    eapol_version=1
    ap_scan=1
    fast_reauth=1
    #country=US
    
    # WPA protected network, supply your own ESSID and WPAPSK here:
    network={
      scan_ssid=0
      ssid="<your ssid here>"
      proto=WPA RSN
      key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
      pairwise=CCMP TKIP
      group=CCMP TKIP WEP104 WEP40
      psk=<your password key here>
      priority=10
    }
    
    # Plaintext connection (no WPA, no IEEE 802.1X),
    # nice for hotel/airport types of WiFi network.
    network={
      key_mgmt=NONE
      priority=0
    }
    You can obtain your PSK by typing
    Code:
    wpa_passphrase <essid> <normal key>
    Like my key to the router was something like: 7ABC4KJL

    and it came up with a 64 character string.

    After you get your computer configured run as root:

    Code:
    wpa_supplicant -i<interface> -c<path-to-wpa_supplicant.conf> -Dwext
    -i is the interface flag
    -c is the configuration file flag
    -D is the device driver flag, wext is the generic driver and works with most cards
    This will run wpa_supplicant in the foreground and tell you if you have any configuration settings wrong.

    THEN you can either launch wpa_gui and hit the connect button or you can open up a new terminal and dhcpcd <interface>.

    This is how I get my wireless to work, after I had it all figured out I put these lines into /etc/rc.d/rc.local

    Code:
    echo "Starting wpa_supplicant..."
    if [ -x /usr/sbin/wpa_supplicant ]; then
       /usr/sbin/wpa_supplicant -B -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -Dwext
    fi
    
    
    echo "Running dhcpcd on wlan0"
    if [ -x /sbin/dhcpcd ]; then
     /sbin/dhcpcd wlan0
    fi
    
    NOTE: the -B flag in wpa_supplicant makes it run in the background
    I hope this helps and is easy to understand. I have a hard time conveying my thoughts to words.

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