I installed openSuse 11.2 for my desktop that I recently built. I have Intel DX79SI motherboard which came with the wireless/bluetooth combo device “The module is an MSI MS-3871 WLAN 802.11b/g/n 1T1R+BT2.1 EDR Combo Slim Module”.
It looks like driver is not automatically installed. I took the compat-wireless driver and tried to install and surprised to find that I need to set some differnet configuration and recompile the kernel to install a wireless driver.
I need some help on what to do to install the driver. Clearly “Enable CONFIG_WIRELESS_EXT and recompile linux kernel” is not the level of instruction that will help me. Is there more detailed steps that I can follow?
Not to offend anyone but just trying to understand the intent. In the world of Apple & google which is trying to make it easy for people to use things, why such a complexity in trying to have a basic wireless device enabled? Is the intent to drive people away from using linux?
Here is the message that I got when I tried to make compat driver.
inux-f0cv:/home/test/Downloads/compat-wireless-2012-03-04 # make
/home/test/Downloads/compat-wireless-2012-03-04/config.mk:242: “WARNING: CONFIG_CFG80211_WEXT will be deactivated or not working because kernel was compiled with CONFIG_WIRELESS_EXT=n. Tools using wext interface like iwconfig will not work. To activate it build your kernel e.g. with CONFIG_LIBIPW=m.”
./scripts/gen-compat-autoconf.sh .config config.mk > include/linux/compat_autoconf.h
make -C /home/test/Downloads/compat-wireless-2012-03-04 modules
make: Entering directory
/home/test/Downloads/compat-wireless-2012-03-04' /home/test/Downloads/compat-wireless-2012-03-04/config.mk:242: "WARNING: CONFIG_CFG80211_WEXT will be deactivated or not working because kernel was compiled with CONFIG_WIRELESS_EXT=n. Tools using wext interface like iwconfig will not work. To activate it build your kernel e.g. with CONFIG_LIBIPW=m." make -C /lib/modules/3.1.0-1.2-desktop/build M=/home/test/Downloads/compat-wireless-2012-03-04 modules make: Entering an unknown directory make: *** /lib/modules/3.1.0-1.2-desktop/build: No such file or directory. Stop. make: Leaving an unknown directory make: *** [modules] Error 2 make: Leaving directory /home/test/Downloads/compat-wireless-2012-03-04’