How to activate wifi during boot? [Solved]

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How to activate wifi during boot? [Solved]

Postby deadDrift » Thu May 26, 2011 18:48

I'm looking for a better way to activate my Broadcom 4318 wifi in my older Acer Aspire 5002 laptop. I have an up-to-date SL5.5 xfce system. It appears all the wireless software and firmware is loaded. The only way I've found to 'activate' my wifi is to run:

$sudo modprobe b43

After that runs, everthing turns on and networkmanager now reports the wireless networks available and I can connect without problems. Before running modprobe, ifconfig only reports the eth0 and lo interfaces. Afterwards, the wlan0 interface is displayed.

However, when I reboot, the wifi is turned off again. How can I make the kernel see and activate my wifi during boot?

Thanks,
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Re: How to activate wifi during boot?

Postby batvink » Thu May 26, 2011 19:29

i'm not sure, but since it's a module, you could say that you can add it to /etc/conf.d/modules
,and add a line that looks like:
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modules_2_6="b43"

if it doesn't work, you can always delete that line.

you can also try to enter in a terminal (as root):
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rc-update add net.wlan0 boot
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Re: How to activate wifi during boot?

Postby deadDrift » Fri May 27, 2011 17:14

batvink,

I was hoping to find a simple solution just like your suggestion to add a line to /etc/conf.d/modules. It works great, thanks. Wifi comes on at boot and the physical on/off button for wifi still works too.

I'm somewhat new to Sabayon and still learning. I'm coming from Arch and their configuration scheme is a little different.

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