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Hello, I'm new to the forum and I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on wireless pcmcia nics that have worked for them "out-of-the-box" in slackware? I have a Linksys ...
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    Compatible PCMCIA NICs


    Hello, I'm new to the forum and I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on wireless pcmcia nics that have worked for them "out-of-the-box" in slackware? I have a Linksys and it doesn't seem to work unless I pay for that linuxant driver. Well, I have no way to get this laptop online to download it in the first place. The best I can do is burn a cd of the driver and put it onto the laptop. Any ideas?

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    Netgear WG511 works very nicely with the prism54 drivers: http://prism54.org

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    Ya I have a linksys works right out of the box except it is an old one before cisco bought them out so I am no too sure about the new ones but I also bought an orinoco silver with external antenna option and it worked right out of the box too.

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    Alright you guys, I got myself the NetGear WG511 and have installed the prism54 driver. It seems the install went fine, but I'm new to configuring wireless on linux so I'm stuck. When I type ' ifconfig -a ' it says that eth0 is present. I type ' iwconfig ' and I get eth0 NOT READY! ESSID: off/any Nickname:*wicked* and so on and so forth. Okay so it looks like its ready to fly, but when I ' ifconfig eth0 up ' I get an error message: SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory. Could anyone please enlighten me on this subject? Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks you guys!

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    you need to:
    a)be root
    b)have the firmware installed to /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware

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    Yes I see I screwed up and did not rename my firmware file, I did this and now I get a different error output when I type ' dmesg '. Theres all these messages and at the end it says ' prism54: Your card/socket may be faulty, or IRQ line too busy '. So any ideas??

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    don't rename the file, just download the isl3890 file directly, and was your card made in taiwan or china?

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    The card was made in Thaiwan. When I downloaded the firmware file it was named 1.0.4.3.arm

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    where did you download it from?
    just grab a copy from my ftp:
    lakerdonald.homelinux.org
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    I downloaded it from the prism54 website: http://prism54.org/~mcgrof/firmware/1.0.4.3.arm

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