The wireless card is switching itself on when I connect to ubuntu and the light on the laptop is on to indicate that it is working. In windows I normally have to switch it on manually but its coming on by itself in ubuntu,
Output files as follows: looks like you have found something that is not working
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
eth1 unassociated ESSID
Mode:Managed Channel=0 Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:0 kb/s Tx-Power
Retry short limit:7 RTS thr
ff Fragment thr
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
pan0 no wireless extensions.
dianamay@ubuntu:~$ lsmod | grep ipw
ipw2100 79536 0
ieee80211 38344 1 ipw2100
dianamay@ubuntu:~$ dmesg | grep ipw
[ 19.078531] ipw2100: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Driver, git-1.2.2
[ 19.078536] ipw2100: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
[ 19.079100] ipw2100 0000:02:06.0: PCI INT A -> Link[LNKG] -> GSI 10 (level, low) -> IRQ 10
[ 19.079812] ipw2100: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection
[ 19.079838] ipw2100 0000:02:06.0: firmware: requesting ipw2100-1.3.fw
Thanks for your persistence Simon!