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Old 06-29-2005, 03:16 PM   #1
jdphelps
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Question IPW2200 - Almost There...


Okay, I'm pretty much a linux / fedora newb so if you reply to this, please be as specific as possible with any steps necessary to try your recommendation. Otherwise I just end up confused.

I recently setup my Dell Insiprion 700m to dual boot FC4 and XP Pro. I pretty much have been able to work through most of my issues with FC4 to this point except a couple. I was hoping to get some help here.

1. On the IPW2200 I am using the 2.3 firmware and the 1.0.4 driver. Like I said, it works like a champ. However, the 700m has a hardware on/off switch for the wireless nic. Under Windows there is a front panel WiFi - LED light that comes on when the nic is activated and turns off when you disable it. From what I've read, the linux driver for ipw2200 has supported this feature since 1.0.2. Supposedly I can type "modprobe ipw2200 led=1" and it should fire up. Nada. The nic works, I can access my wireless router and scan and even go into monitor mode (figured that one out all on my own woo-hoo!) But, I would really like to have it function as it does under XP if at all possible with the LED working. I hear I can use the NDIS wrapper for this, but this is not supported with Kismet which was my whole purpose for installing Fedora in the first place. Does anyone have a clue how to get the LED indicator working with the IPW2200? If you post a patch, please post instructions on how to install it. Remember, I'm a newb.

2. Speaking of Kismet, I am able to configure Kismet for the most part however I am noticing that it cannot seem to find Ethereal. Which of course is installed by default with FC4. However, I have no /usr/src/ethereal-10.11 folder? Do I need to remove ethereal via rpm and then reinstall from source to get this to work? Apparently FC is an rpm based distro vs. a source based distro? Is there someplace I can find rpm's for the latest release of kismet 200506R1 on fc4? Also I heard there is a problem with channel hopping with the ipw2200 driver, which of course is sort of important for kismet. I also found a patch (some code pasted into a newsgroup) for this. How in the world do I actually install the patch?

Again, please be as specific as possilbe with any replies as I'm a linux idiot. I do learn quickly though, I promise. Also, any reference websites you can point me to are also much appreciated.

Thanks!
 
Old 06-30-2005, 10:42 PM   #2
MattD82
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Might want to try something similar to:
(I am running an Asus Z33a and this cuts my wireless led on)

`echo 1 > /proc/acpi/asus/wled`

This command simply writes a 1, which the driver checks. If 1 (yes), cut the light on. To cut it off just echo a '0' to it.
You can add similar commands to a script.

Hope this helps

-Matt
 
  


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