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HOWTO configure Slackware System+Userland

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If you're reading this, you've probably just read my HOWTO Install Slackware post. This article assumes you have read that. Or that you've managed to install Slackware on your own.First, have you rebooted after the install? Slackware doesn't force you to do this after you install, so be sure you do that before you start attempting to set up your system or else you'll be attempting to set up a system running on an installer disc.So reboot, and login as root using the passPHRASE you created whilst installing.Oh look you have mail! Type "mail" to read it._____________SYSTEM__________________________WIRELESS CARD DRIVER_________This where I can only do so much to explain things; getting wireless to work can be difficult because there are so many wireless cards out there and so few have linux drivers. I got a Centrino system, meaning that all internal parts of any great significance are intel. Intel happens to offer freely available drivers for Linux.On other machines, however, I have had to do weird firmware hacks. But interestingly, the concept is the same with both. The one thing I have never had to use is Ndiswrapper, so I can't help you there. But for firmware cutting explained, read my post about putting Fedora on an iBook. That was fun.The following example is what I had to do in Slackware 12. But if you are using certain wifi cards, such as the one in the example (the Intel 3945) then in Slackware 12.1 everything will work without much involvement from you. Oh, sure, you will have to bring the card up with ifconfig commands (later in this post) but in terms of installing the firmware and stuff like that, no worries, it's all included. You can find out if your card is already being recognized by typing in# iwconfigand see what results you get. If nothing, then your computer doesn't know you have a wireless card and you do need to install something. If, however, you get a result (most likely it will be called wlan0) then it is being seen by the kernel and you are free to get online.So here's what I did...and even though it might not be the same process for you, the steps are similar; find the drivers, figure out where the firmware blobs go in the system, compile the daemon, set up your default network.Because I had an Intel card, I found that the drivers I needed were included on the Slackware DVD in the "extra" directory, as were some very clear and helpful instructions (much more helpful than Intel

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