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    Slackware: Wifi issues Intel 3945ABG


    Hi, I have spent quite a bit of time looking around the web for a solution but as I am completely new to linux mostly everything I read is over my head.

    I have used a few different distros of linux (including some live cds) and I don't have problems getting my wireless internet working, but Slackware is a different story.

    Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection

    Code:
    dmesg | grep -i ucode
    iwl3945 0000:0c:00.0: firmware: requesting iwlwifi-3945-2.ucode
    I don't know what this means, but I read somewhere I need "iwlwifi-3945-2.ucode" in /lib/firmware, which it is.

    I guess my question is, what should I try next?

    Thanks.

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    Welcome to the forums!

    What makes you think your wireless isn't working properly? I ask, because I have a similar wireless card and also run Slackware, and it works fine for me. I also have a similar line in dmesg, it requests firmware upon device initialization but this is exactly what you want


    I take it, it is more of a configuration matter, as Slackware is a very manual distro and has very little GUI tools. I may be wrong though, it could be something else all together.

    First off, what is the output of this:
    Code:
    ifconfig -a
    Can't tell an OS by it's GUI

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    Ok I will post the output when I get back after classes, but maybe I am missing something simple.

    Also I tried to connect my my router with wpa_gui it would not detect any wireless adapter on my laptop.

    Edit:

    I read somewhere to modify rc.inet1.conf to:
    ifname[4]="wlan0"
    use_dhcp[4]="yes"

    Then I saw my network name in a scan finally, but I have no idea how to connect to it.

    Code:
    ifconfig -a
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:19:b9:87:88:4b
              inet addr:169.254.143.17  Bcast:169.254.255.255  Mask:255.255.0.0
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING 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:17
    
    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)
    
    wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1b:77:7a:20:ff
              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)
    
    wmaster0  Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-1B-77-7A-20-FF-6C-6F-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
              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)

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