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Old 12-07-2008, 02:51 PM   #1
JohnJayMack
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Getting the internal wireless card on Hp 6530b laptop to work on Debian 2.6.24.4


I am a very new Linux user. I have a Hp 6530 b laptop that I have set up as a dual boot with Windows XP Professional and a Knoppix installation of Debian 2.6.24.4. I am using dual boot because I still have to use this machine in a Windows environment until I learn Linux.

How do I turn on the Wireless Card?

By the way, I have been reading and studying this for some time. While I know that the destination is worthwhile, the view from the bottom of the cliff to the top is daunting. Thank you all for your help.

The output of lspci -v is in part as follows:

02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 4237
Subsystem: Intel Corporation Unknown device 1211
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
Memory at 58700000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
Capabilities: [c8] Power Management version 3
Capabilities: [d0] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities: [e0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting <?>
Capabilities: [140] Device Serial Number b4-08-e0-ff-ff-ea-16-00

85:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5787M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Unknown device 30dd
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 217
Memory at 58600000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Expansion ROM at <ignored> [disabled]
Capabilities: [48] Power Management version 3
Capabilities: [50] Vital Product Data <?>
Capabilities: [58] Vendor Specific Information <?>
Capabilities: [e8] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable+
Capabilities: [d0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting <?>
Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel <?>

The 02:00.0 device with the ID number 4237 is the wireless card. When I searched the internet for this card and drivers for Linux, I receive the information that the drivers have been included in the kernel.

The output of iwconfig is:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

The output of ifconfig is:

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1f:29:b4:c8:c6
inet addr:192.168.0.3 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::21f:29ff:feb4:c8c6/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:288049 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:158638 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:420473939 (400.9 MiB) TX bytes:11936051 (11.3 MiB)
Interrupt:17

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:860 (860.0 B) TX bytes:860 (860.0 B)
 
Old 12-08-2008, 12:20 PM   #2
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Knoppix doesn't make a Debian live CD. And if you are trying to get Debian version 2.6.24.4 I would only assume that you are talking about Linux Kernel 2.6.24.4, Take a look at my how to, it might answer some of your questions. BTW, you are missing drivers for your wireless card.

http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.p...466&highlight=
 
Old 12-08-2008, 01:18 PM   #3
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Step one is to actually identify WHAT wireless card that is..

open a root shell and type the following command
update-pciids

then do your lscpi command again. your card should now be identified properly so we can move to step two.. loading/enabling the proper driver and configuring the card.

The ball is back in your court



P.S. The Debian Live CD would be here: http://debian-live.alioth.debian.org/

Knoppix is a child distribution of Debian and is not Debian, because it has been modified.. Calling Knoppix Debian, is like calling Ubuntu or Xandros, Knoppix. They are all based on the same parent distribution but are distinctly different Linux Distributions in the end. Just fyi.
 
Old 12-09-2008, 01:20 AM   #4
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Results from update-pciids

I ran update-pciids. This is the new the new output of lspci.

I apologize for the confusion over running Debian. I used the Knoppix Live DVD to install Debian to my laptop. When I boot, I end up in a Debian screen asking for username and password. I have used the Knoppix Live CD, Knoppix Live DVD, and Suse Live CD. I will be trying the MEPIS Live CD soon.

Thanks for the help.


00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN [Shiloh] Network Connection
85:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5787M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)
86:02.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Agere Systems FW323 (rev 70)
 
Old 12-09-2008, 07:57 AM   #5
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http://intellinuxwireless.org/
Quote:
The iwlwifi driver has been merged into mainline kernel since 2.6.24. If you are using kernels after this release, please use the intree (drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi) driver directly. After 2.6.26 the intree driver iwlagn also supports the new 5100BG, 5100ABG, 5100AGN, 5300AGN and 5350AGN series hardwares.
looks like you would use the iwlagn driver, but I'm not finding much of anything in the way of instructions.


Look and see if hte module has been automaticlaly loaded..
# cat /var/log/dmesg | grep iwlagn



I believe you will need this microcode..
http://intellinuxwireless.org/iwlwif....4.A.11.tar.gz


Save it on your disk, untargz it and copy the microcode to the requested location:

Code:
minas ~ # ls
iwlwifi-5000-ucode-5.4.A.11.tar.gz
minas ~ # tar xzf iwlwifi-5000-ucode-5.4.A.11.tar.gz
minas ~ # cd iwlwifi-5000-ucode-5.4.A.11/
LICENSE.iwlwifi-5000-ucode  README.iwlwifi-5000-ucode   iwlwifi-5000-1.ucode        
minas ~ # cp iwlwifi-5000-ucode-5.4.A.11/iwlwifi-5000-1.ucode /lib/firmware/

More info
http://www.chrysalice.org/index.php?...d=58&Itemid=76




Oh just found on the Debian wiki the following statement.. http://wiki.debian.org/iwlwifi
Quote:
Intel 5100 and 5300 : not supported currently (module iwlagn is planned for kernel 2.6.27, see 501157).
Looks like wyou will need to upgrade to a newer kernel to get that working.. The chrysalis page I supplied the link to had some directions on that I believe.

Last edited by farslayer; 12-09-2008 at 08:05 AM.
 
Old 12-11-2008, 01:26 AM   #6
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Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it. I will post on this subject when I am up and running.
 
Old 02-24-2009, 09:30 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnJayMack View Post
Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it. I will post on this subject when I am up and running.
Hello
(for whom it may help)
Im also new to linux and I found this url http://wiki.debian.org/iwlagn that helped me to get my Hp6530b intel 5100 wifi-card up and running.
Had to install kernel 2.6.28-1 though, but instructions on wiki made it all so easy and worth it.

Last edited by V1King; 02-25-2009 at 09:26 AM.
 
  


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