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Old 06-17-2005, 10:33 AM   #1
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Fedora Core 4 - Inspiron 8600 Wireless

I am trying to get the Wireless adapter in my Dell Inspiron 8600 working and having no such luck. Here is some basic information about the system and what I have done so far:

lspci shows:
02:03.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter (rev 04)

iwconfig eth1 shows:
eth1 unassociated ESSID:off/any Nickname:"ipw2100"
Mode:Managed Channel=0 Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00
Bit Rate=0 kb/s Tx-Power:off
Retry:on RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

rpm's installed for this job:

After a reboot here is what I get in /var/log/messages about the ipw2100 driver:
Jun 17 10:07:58 localhost kernel: ipw2100: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Driver, 1.1.0
Jun 17 10:07:58 localhost kernel: ipw2100: Copyright(c) 2003-2004 Intel Corporation
Jun 17 10:07:58 localhost kernel: ipw2100: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection
Jun 17 10:07:58 localhost kernel: ipw2100: eth1: Firmware 'ipw2100-1.3.fw' not available or load failed.
Jun 17 10:07:58 localhost kernel: ipw2100: eth1: ipw2100_get_firmware failed: -2
Jun 17 10:07:58 localhost kernel: ipw2100: eth1: Failed to power on the adapter.
Jun 17 10:07:58 localhost kernel: ipw2100: eth1: Failed to start the firmware.
Jun 17 10:07:58 localhost kernel: ipw2100Error calling register_netdev.
Jun 17 10:07:58 localhost kernel: ipw2100: probe of 0000:02:03.0 failed with error -5

Any help would of course be greatly appreciated. If you need more information just let me know. Thanks!
Old 06-18-2005, 09:26 PM   #2
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Same problem for me too...just replace dell 8600 with dell inspiron 600m.


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