Thanks beny. I'd like to stick with the current slax kernel for this unit and find a native solution. Before i can use wicd i need to have the card recognized! There is no wireless interface to play with as yet so i need to find drivers first.
I believe it uses ath9k which comes standard with vanilla slax 6.12 but buggered if i can get it to work.
after looking around further it appears AR9285 (>= 2.6.29)
hi you can find windows driver,and copy in /opt,after install ndiswrapper,and in konsole:ndiswrapper -i /opt/InstallationFiles/XP2K/rt2870.inf that is mine,you have different driver. after:ndiswrapper -l.look if driver are loaded: you have look driver.after modprobe ndiswrapper,now install wicd and execute chmod +x /etc/rc.d/rc.wicd,start daemon with: /etc/rc.d/rc.wicd start,reboot system,and if all is ok you surf web with wicd.
Like i said i'd like to find a native solution if possible. I will keep hammering away for a while and use ndiswrapper as a last resort.
I updated /usr/sahre/pci.ids with the latest snapshot and now slax is recognizing the card as atheros ar9285 pci-express however still no joy when loading ath9k module. Tomorrow i'll upgrade kernel if nothing is sorted by then. Thanks for your replies.
I had already tried compat (but not the latest) without success, the latest version worked great.
Check that slax recognizes your wifi card. lspci
If your wireless card is being tagged as unknown then you need to update your pci.ids file
mv /usr/share/pci.ids /usr/share/pci.ids.bak
cp pci.ids /usr/share
Reboot here and then run lspci again to see if your card is tagged properly
Make sure you have headers installed there should be a symlink called build and you should get output from this command file /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build