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  1. #1

    Configuring wireless.

    Just installed slackware 11.0. I am using a RT2500 chipset wireless card, and after running iwlist scan, it picks up my wireless network without a problem, leading me to believe it is installed and working fine.

    Now, configuring the wireless is proving to be a problem. I have tried running commands like:

    iwconfig ra0 essid [my network name]

    but it doesn't seem to make any difference to the settings displayed after running

    iwconfig ra0

    I have also installed dropline-gnome and when I try to use the network manager in there, it prompt for the root password, which I provide. I then enter the settings required, click activate, and then close... before being given the error one gets when the incorrect root password is entered.

    I'm at a loose end here....

  2. #2
    Linux Engineer aliov's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    some interface require commit to save the configuration so try this

    iwconfig ra0 essid (...) mode managed key (....) commint
    dhcpcd ra0

    also if the iwlist ra0 scan shows you the networks in range so it should works for you .

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  3. #3
    Error for wireless request "Commit changes" (8B00) :
    SET failed on device ra0 ; Operation not supported.


    Wireless cards always prove to be difficult to set up.

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    Trusted Penguin Dapper Dan's Avatar
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    I had the very same problems with Ralink chipset cards in CentOS and Slackware. Took me weeks of pulling my hair out to realize, when trying to input the essid and wep key, either just wouldn't "take" or would not work together... I hate to see there are still problems. I've had good results using Ralink chipsets with Ubuntu.
    Wireless cards always prove to be difficult to set up.
    Been around the world and back with different wireless cards in several different distros. For my money, you cannot beat Atheros based cards with Madwifi.
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  6. #5
    Finally got it working

    I used ndiswrapper with windows drivers after giving up on the native rt2500

    Thanks for any help!

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