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Author Topic: How to install a wlan driver  (Read 6898 times)
Ewald
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« on: September 29, 2008, 12:31:27 pm »

I have an new install of VL 5.0
I am trying to get to work a SMC 2802W V2 EU wlan card using the prism54pci driver.
The card is detected (lspci)
I do know that the card works with another linux distro (Xubuntu) and there it appears under the module name p54pci.
I do have the driver location and could download it and I do have the necessary firmware.
What I don't know is how to install the driver in VL or how to check if the driver is already installed (modprobe -l lists a prism54.ko file).
Can anyone help me out?
Thanks.
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newt
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2008, 12:41:23 pm »

If you try a 'lsmod' do you see your prism driver in the list or anything that looks similar?
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Ewald
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2008, 11:02:37 am »

I am out of town until Thursday. I will try the lsmod command and post the outcome then. Thanks for the help anyway.
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wcs
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2008, 11:04:32 pm »

If not, "modprobe prism54" will install it.
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Ewald
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2008, 12:30:14 am »

I am back!
the lsmode output lists a driver prism54:

prism 54........5300.........0

from this I conclude that it is not used currently. What do I do now?
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wcs
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2008, 12:35:20 am »

If it shows up in lsmod it means it is being used.
So the problem must lie somewhere else.....
(sorry, wish I could help more)
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Ewald
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2008, 03:25:25 am »

on the linux wireless site (http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/p54#p54) I found the following instructions regarding my card:

To enable p54, you must first enable mac80211
Networking  --->
  Wireless  --->
    <M> Improved wireless configuration API
    <M> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)

You can then enable p54 in the kernel configuration under
Device Drivers  --->
 
  • Network device support  --->
        Wireless LAN --->
         
  • Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11)
          <M>   Softmac Prism54 support
          <M>     Prism54 USB support
          <M>     Prism54 PCI support
How do I do this with Vector Linux?

Another issue of importance in this case is the firmware. I do have the firmware, but where do I put it? In other words where will the Vector Linux OS be looking for it?
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uelsk8s
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2008, 05:19:36 am »

does mac80211 show up in your lsmod output?

the firmware files should go in /lib/firmware
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Ewald
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2008, 06:06:08 am »

no it doesn't
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bad_gui
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2008, 07:48:15 pm »

what about the command?

modprobe mac80211

You can set /etc/modules.conf or /etc/modules.preload to pull in mac80211 before p54

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