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I'm using Slackware 10.1 with kernel 2.6.16.9. I have installed rt61 driver to use with the card. When I turn on the computer, the rt61 driver is automatically loaded though ...
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    Wireless WMP54G v4.1 dhclient Cannot Get IP


    I'm using Slackware 10.1 with kernel 2.6.16.9. I have installed rt61 driver to use with the card.
    When I turn on the computer, the rt61 driver is automatically loaded though I'm not sure how.
    I type ifconfig ra0 inet to turn on the TCP/IP interface.
    I type ifconfig ra0 up set it up for broadcasting.
    I then use iwconfig to set the network with iwconfig ra0 essid linksys.
    After doing this, I type dhclient ra0. It says, "ra0: not found" and then a long message about how if I didn't get the software from isc, I should go there and read the README before I complain bla bla bla.
    When I check the status of the device, I get this information.

    Under iwconfig ra0
    RT61 Wireless ESSID: "linksys"
    Mode: Managed
    Access Point: 00:13:10:3D:BC:92
    Bit Rate: 5.5Mb/s
    RTS thr: off
    Encryption key: off
    Link Quality: 40/100
    Signal level: -81dBm
    Noise level: -111dBm
    Rx invalid nwid: 0
    Rx invalid crypt: 0
    Rx invalid frag: 0
    Tx excessive retries: 0
    Invalid misc: 0
    Missed beacan: 0

    Under ifconfig ra0
    Link encap: Ethernet
    HWaddr 00:16:B6:9A:14:66
    inet6 addr: fe80::216:bbff:fe9a:1466/64
    Scope: Link
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST
    MTU: 1500
    Metric: 1
    Rx packets: 5855 errors:0 dropped: 0 overruns: 0 frame: 0
    Tx packets: 241 errors: 0 dropped: 0 overruns: 0 collisions: 1
    txqueuelen: 1000
    RX bytes: 498422 (486.7 Kb)
    TX bytes: 1416 (1.3 Kb)
    Interupt: 11

    From all this, it seems the device should be ready to get an IP, but dhclient says ra0 doesn't exist. In one way it's right because I can't find a device by that name in /dev. How is this possible? Thanks.

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    what does this return:
    Code:
    dmesg | grep ra0
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    Hello binarybob,
    I couldn't help but notice the similarities between this thread and the thread that I posted above. So I was wondering which driver were you using, the RT61 driver from the Ralink website, or the one from the Serialmonkey web site???

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