PCMCIA Wireless Card Question
tomc at cqg.com
Thu Nov 18 11:28:52 PST 2004
Andrew L. Gould wrote:
> On Thursday 18 November 2004 12:42 pm, Tom Connolly wrote:
>> Andrew L. Gould wrote:
>>> On Tuesday 16 November 2004 12:30 pm, Tom Connolly wrote:
>>>> Hello List,
>>>> I have just put FreeBSD 5.3 Release on my Dell Latitude C600
>>>> laptop. I wish to go wireless but I'm new to this technology. I
>>>> have looked through the hardware compatibility notes and have found
>>>> several supported wireless cards. My question is, what do I have
>>>> to do (ports to install, configuration, etc.) to get the wireless
>>>> connection up and running.
>>>> Any help would be appreciated.
>>> Based on your email, I will assume that you purchased a compatible
>>> wireless adapter.
>>> 1. Make sure your pccard slots work in FreeBSD 5.3. There's no use
>>> in struggling with the pccard if the slots don't work.
>>> 2. Make sure your kernel is configured for your hardware. You may
>>> have to add devices to your kernel:
>> g.h tml
>>> 3. Configure your wireless connection:
>> ele ss.html
>>> Have fun,
>>> Andrew Gould
>> Oops, I guess I missed the top line in the Handbook that I can skip
>> making device nodes since I am using FreeBSD 5.3. I assume I still
>> have to add the entry for the kernel though. Is that correct? Then
>> I assume I have to recompile the kernel which I have never done
>> before. Is this also correct? Sorry for the remedial questions. I
>> as still a newbie.
> For the atheros chipset, you'll need to add the following to your
> config file:
> device ath
> device ath_hal
> Since this is your first time recompiling a kernel, you might consider
> the following advice:
> 1. Start with a copy of GENERIC. Since you're currently running it,
> know it works.
> 2. Put additions at the bottom of the file so that you can find them
> 3. When you comment out unused options or devices, comment them out
> a combination of characters so that you can find/reverse your changes
> easily. For example, rather than simply add a '#' to the front of a
> line, you could add 2 #'s and your initials (in my case, that would be
> Good luck,
> Andrew Gould
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Thanks a ton Andrew. This is very good information. I also appreciate
you taking the time to explain it to me in very simple terms. Like I
said, I'm a complete newbie and I need things explained to me like I was
2 years old. I now have enough confidence to continue.
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