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Installing WLAN drivers

Posted: Sun May 23, 2004 5:39 pm
by bdonkey
I have 3.0 Home installed on my xbox, and I've been trying to get the WLAN drivers installed, except I have no idea how. Should I just follow the instructions about rebuilding the kernel and stuff?

Any pointers? I'm new to linux. :?


Posted: Sun May 23, 2004 10:19 pm
by nobspangle
If you have instructions for your wlan card to work with linux that involve recompiling the kernel then that is what you should do.
build it with

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make dep && make clean bzImage modules modules_install
the finished kernel is /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/bzImage
you need to copy it to E:\ and rename it to vmlinuz, back up the old kernel first in case the new one doesn't work.

Posted: Mon May 24, 2004 12:49 am
by msnyder
How do you put a WLAN in Xbox? Are you using a USB one?

Posted: Mon May 24, 2004 10:57 pm
by bdonkey
Yep, specifically a DWL-120, Revision D1 (the prism chipset, not atmel)

I have the drivers installed now using emerge, but I can't quite get the SSID and WEP key files to take. Do they have to be in /etc/wlan/wlancfg-*** ? That's what the readme says, but the emerged package puts them in /etc/conf.d/wlancfg-***.

Anyway, thanks for the help!

P.S. And where's the rc.local file, for setting up the driver at boot?

Posted: Tue May 25, 2004 6:47 am
by nobspangle
gentoo uses init scripts to start and stop devices and servers, these are found in /etc/init.d/
any options that need to be passed to the device or server at startup are placed in /etc/conf.d/
to start the device you use

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/etc/init.d/devicename start
to stop the device you use

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/etc/init.d/devicename stop
to restart

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/etc/init.d/devicename restart
one other you may find useful, if you start a device and it fails, you won't be able to restart it because you will get an error saying it has already been started

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/etc/init.d/devicename zap
will make gentoo(x) think the device is stopped, regardless of whether or not it is.
To make a device start on boot

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rc-update add devicename default
here the devicename is the same as the one in /etc/init.d
to remove a device from the boot sequence you previously added

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rc-update del devicename

Posted: Wed May 26, 2004 2:38 am
by bdonkey
Wow, I wasn't expecting such a detailed reply.

Posted: Wed May 26, 2004 6:54 am
by nobspangle
you asked a sensible question


Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 11:30 pm
by exclusiv81
once the drivers are installed and the device is started, will this usb wireless automatically pick up the connection and configure?

im wondering so that i can use other people's internet in my car

do you have to setup the SSID and the WEP keys?