Debian Sarge on IBM X40 howto - Part 4: Wireless23 Jul 2004
I was really nerveus about getting wireless to work…
Update, 24. July 2004, an hour later: Well it was bound to be an impossible mission from the start. The computer dosn’t even have an Intel fucker of not supported death wireless card I thought it had :) What a waste of time.
I have an Atheros (AR5212 802.11abg) card instead.</i>
After googeling I found that my wireless card is an Intel 2200BG which at the time of the writing of the guides I found wasn’t supported very well, but the linked to the ipw2200 site on SourceForge developing the Linux driver. But what the hell - I’ll give it a try… it might work.
There is a few requirements for the driver to work:
- The kernel have to be a 2.6 kernel and have “CONFIG_NET_RADIO” enabled (
CONFIG_NET_RADIO=y). This is all okay if you are using a precompiled kernel from the Debian Sarge archive. I used kernel-image-2.6.7-1-686 and the corresponding kernel headers.
Wireless tools is needed an is apt-getable with the following:
apt-get install wireless-tools
- Source code for the driver downloadable from SourceForge
- Firmware for the wireless card downloadable from the projects website
To compile the source code you also need the packages gcc and make. For a more detailed howto consult the project website.
Now compile the source code:
debian:~# tar xzvf ipw2200-0.2.tgz debian:~# cd ipw2200-0.2 debian:~# make
Unpack the firmware files to /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware:
If this isn’t loaded you will get an error like this “-1 Unknown symbol in module”
and finally run :
Well I didn’t get any errors… now I have to figure out how this works :) Step 2… test that it is actually working.
dmesg dosn’t detect any new ahrdware when I load the modules, so I don’t think that it is working?!
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