Hello all, long time reader first time poster.
My old vaio recently died, so I received a handmedown laptop (the brand is PCLaptops, a company that exists in utah). I installed debian stretch on it, and everything is working well except for the wireless card, which will not connect to the wireless network.
After running ifup eth1, my computer will not connect to the network. Running iwconfig gives:
eth1 radio off ESSID:"stuff"
So the wireless card is powered off.
catting the file /sys/bus/pci/drivers/ipw2200/*/rf_kill gives an output of "2", which according to the ipw2200 readme means:
2 = HW based RF kill active (radio off)
so somehow my wireless card is powered off, and this isn't controlled by the software.
I'm not really sure how to try to fix this, there seem to have been many threads involving similar problems, but the solutions for them have not worked for me. There is an external switch on my laptop which can turn the card on or off. Currently this switch is set to on, but the problem still exists with the switch set to off. I have tried unloading and reloading the ipw2200 module, with no effect. I checked the BIOS, but there is no setting to change the wireless card.
I can confirm the wireless card works with windows on this laptop.
Information about my system which may or may not be useful:
Originally Posted by uname -r
Originally Posted by lspci
01:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection (rev 05)
ipw2200 version: 1.2.2kmprq
firmware-ipw2x00 version: 0.18
(corresponds to firmware version 3.0 for Intel Pro Wireless 2200)
possibly useful dmesg output:
ipw2200 0000:01:02.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 22 (level, low) -> IRQ 22
ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
ipw2200 0000:01:02.0: firmware: requesting ipw2200-bss.fw
ipw2200: Radio Frequency Kill Switch is On:
Kill switch must be turned off for wireless networking to work.
ipw2200: Detected geography ZZM (11 902.11bg channels, 0 802.11a channels)
possibly useful syslog output:
Dec 11 20:55:29 baraddur NetworkManager: <info> Found radio killswitch /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/ipw_wlan_switch
Dec 11 20:55:29 baraddur NetworkManager: <info> (eth1): driver supports SSID scans (scan_capa 0x21).
Dec 11 20:55:29 baraddur NetworkManager: <info> (eth1): new 802.11 WiFi device (driver: 'ipw2200')
Dec 11 20:55:29 baraddur NetworkManager: <info> (eth1): eported as /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/net_00_02_3f_08_d6_94
Dec 11 20:55:29 baraddur NetworkManager: <info> (ttyS1): ignoring due to lack of mobile broadband capabilities
Dec 11 20:55:29 baraddur NetworkManager: <info> Trying to start supplicant...
Dec 11 20:55:29 baraddur NetworkManager: <info> Trying to start the system settings daemon...
Dec 11 20:55:29 baraddur NetworkManager: <info> Wireless now disabled by radio killswitch
Thanks in advance for your help. If you need any more info, just give a holler.
further digging, i ran the command nm-tool, which gave the following output.
-Device: eth1 -----------------------------------
Type: 802.11 WiFi
HW Address: 00:00:00:00:00:00
So the address is all 0's. That seems very odd. So is the mac address all 0's because the wireless card won't turn on? or will the wireless card not turn on because some software doesn't know the proper address of my card?