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RE: can't see wireless card

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From: robomod@news.nic.it [mailto:robomod@news.nic.it] On Behalf Of Avishai
Sent: dinsdag 2 januari 2007 20:20
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: can't see wireless card

Tom Raus wrote:
> Yes the error message that module format is invalid is related to for
> example your kernel source files not matching your actually installed
> kernel, or your kernel not living up to the expectations of the rt61
> install. I have a rt61 wifi card aswell and I installed it with a 2.6.17
> kernel (2.6.19 is giving me problems). I don't know about your system but
> upgrading your kernel should only take a few hours (especially doing it
> debian way)
> Friendly regards,
> Tom R.

Alright, I guess I'll bite the bullet and go ahead with the kernel
update. However, like I mentioned above, I don't have internet access
on my machine (that depends on the wireless working ...), so apt-get
won't work directly. Could you advise which kernel packages I should
download? All that I could find was kernel-image-2.6.18-3-amd64-di,
which means the Debian installer kernel. Is that good enough? Or am I
searching the wrong keywords? And am I to expect a massive dependency
hell upgrading manually like I intend to? Again, very thankful for your
help and patience,


Well to be honest I just took the sources from kernel.org (2.6.17), untarred
them to /usr/src and installed them from source (don't forget to make a
symlink from linux-2.6.17 to /usr/src/linux (ln -s kernel-source-2.6.17
linux)). Then I did a "make menuconfig" (you might need to install
libncurses-dev before you can do menuinstall.. get the libncurses-dev from

After the configuration I did:

#make-kpkg clean
#make-kpkg --initrd kernel_image
#cd /usr/src
#dpkg -i kernel-image-2.6.17-mykernelname_10.00.Custom_i386.deb

Reboot and you have your new kernel installed (yes it's that easy).
And after that you can install the wifi drivers just like that.. (you might
need to check the .Makefile to if all paths that are hardcoded there are

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