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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 6:02 pm    Post subject: airport Reply with quote

k i know there are some other posts about airports but i dont know if they work for me. see i dont know a lot about macs, i just got this cheap ibook 3 days ago and i want to put gentoo on it.

so i booted up wit the live cd and it didnt find my airport wireless thing. now the reason why i am not sure if other people expirience the same thing as me is because this is an older computer, G3, and i dont know what drivers would be needed/if they are the same as any others.

i am currently installing the system with the ethernet cord pluged in but i cant keep it there forever, it is a laptop it wants to be moved. what drivers/packages do i need to emerge when i am done with installation?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure which Airport device you have, but you can check with lspci. Also, not all iBooks come with the Airport card, it might only have the slot for one, you'll have to check to make sure you've actually got one.

http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gentoo-ppc-faq.xml#airport
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gentoo-ppc-faq.xml#airportextreme
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i do have an airport card because i used it in mac os X before i deleted the partition to build gentoo (i know now that i didnt nessesarily have to do that but too late i guess)

i think it is a regular airport one, as in not extreme because it is a little older computer.

i dont know how to do this part of the instructions you provided a link to

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The Airport card is based on the Lucent Orinoco chipset. To use this card in Linux, enable these kernel options:

Code Listing 3.6: Wireless LAN

[*] Wirless LAN Drivers & Wireless Extensions
<*> Hermes chipset 802.11b support (Orinoco/Prism2/Symbol)
<*> Apple Airport support (build-in)
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

random guy wrote:
i do have an airport card because i used it in mac os X before i deleted the partition to build gentoo (i know now that i didnt nessesarily have to do that but too late i guess)

i think it is a regular airport one, as in not extreme because it is a little older computer.

i dont know how to do this part of the instructions you provided a link to

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The Airport card is based on the Lucent Orinoco chipset. To use this card in Linux, enable these kernel options:

Code Listing 3.6: Wireless LAN

[*] Wirless LAN Drivers & Wireless Extensions
<*> Hermes chipset 802.11b support (Orinoco/Prism2/Symbol)
<*> Apple Airport support (build-in)


This is how I would do it.

Code:

#cd /usr/src/linux
#make menuconfig
[select options specified above]
#make && make install_modules
#cp vmlinux /boot/vmlinux.test
#reboot
[at yaboot prompt]
>/boot/vmlinux.test


Did that work? If so, go ahead and edit /etc/yaboot.conf so that you don't need to do so much typing. Don't forget to run ybin.

Now we need to see if your wireless works[/glep][/gwn]:

Code:

#ifconfig eth1 up
#iwlist scan 
#iwconfig eth1 channel X rate Y essid "Z"
#dhcpcd eth1


Works?
If it does, you can modify your config files so that the computer will do the work for you.
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