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Old 07-02-2003, 01:56 AM   #1
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Centrino


Hey Guys,
I just got a centrino laptop and I heard a while back in march there there were linux drivers that were being made for the integrated wireless. I Just wanted to know if they have already been released or if anyone has figured out a way to get the wireless to work. I got a Thinkpad T40. I've still been using windows because I use the wireless feature a lot.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 07:37 PM   #2
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Intel hasn't released wireless drivers for Linux and has no plans too.
 
Old 07-03-2003, 04:47 AM   #3
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What do you mean "They have no plans to"? They will not release a driver in the upcoming month or two?
 
Old 07-03-2003, 02:13 PM   #4
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According to Intel's Techsupport, they currently don't have any linux drivers and they currently have no plans to produce any linux drivers for the centrino wireless card.

here is the direct quote from intel

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Please note that Linux will run on any IA based PC. Intel(R) Centrino(TM) Mobile Technology-based systems include integrated 802.11b wireless LAN capability, requiring particular drivers, which currently do not run on Linux. Intel has no plans at this time to write Linux drivers for the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN MiniPCI Adapters.
 
Old 07-03-2003, 02:20 PM   #5
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If I run windows xp and then run linux under VMware, would that solve the problem?
 
Old 07-03-2003, 03:33 PM   #6
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Yes that would solve the problem although it is a shame to emulate Linux on WinXP :yuck:

Running VMWARE the host OS is responsible for the drivers and simulates only virtual devices for the guest.

I can't remember where I read it but I heard that the Intel engineers have been working on a Centrino WLAN driver for Linux but the marketing guys didn't want to annoy MS

This is so ridiculous.
 
Old 07-03-2003, 03:44 PM   #7
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So technically it would work? I would only use windows when I need to use the wi-fi (college library). Otherwise, I would be using regular linux (via partition).

By the way, does the pentium-m lose some of its novelties when you run it in linux (ie. does it not conserve battery as well)?

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Old 07-03-2003, 05:23 PM   #8
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Not at all. This would mean that you needed a patch for Windows as well since XP was programmed before the Pentium M.

All the power saving techniques are done in hardware and I've made the experience that Linux is even better at power saving than windows at all.
 
Old 07-03-2003, 05:38 PM   #9
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ok....back to running vmware on windows....if you are currently dual booting...how do you get vmware to work with the linux partition thats already installed? everything boots up ok but then it doesn't start X. just goes straight to the console log in.
 
Old 07-04-2003, 01:54 AM   #10
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I don't. I don't have linux installed on my computer yet, since I haven't bought it. This is my grandparents' computer (which I won't put linux on since they will get lost). I have no experience with VMware, but I know that my father has a copy. Wouldn't it be possible to VMware from windows to the other side of the partition (the linux I would be regularly using)?
 
Old 07-04-2003, 02:10 AM   #11
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anyone else know why X won't load?
 
Old 07-04-2003, 02:40 AM   #12
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I'd just like to say that Intel IS going to release Linux drivers for the Centrino products, but who know when. I read this in a CNET or some other news article. It said exactly that...Intel plans on releasing Linux drivers for it's Centrino technology, but they haven't stated when this will happen. I'll see if I can find the link again and post it here. In the meantime you can check:

http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scri...*&submit=Go%21

The drivers will be posted here when Intel releases them (probably not for a while).

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Old 07-04-2003, 05:06 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by moneyshotz
anyone else know why X won't load?
X won't load where?
 
Old 07-04-2003, 02:16 PM   #14
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ok....hopefully intel will release drivers soon. i believe they said they were going to release it back in march. also, in Vmware....can you bridge to a wireless adapter? I was hearing from someone in IRC that you cant. Can anyone confirm this?
 
Old 07-04-2003, 03:14 PM   #15
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Yes you can bridge to a wireless adapter. In fact this works just fine. The problem is when you try to use Virtual PC's Virtual Switch with a wireless adapter (really doesn't like this one, brings whole connection down :-( )
 
  


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