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Old 09-11-2006, 07:27 PM   #16
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Thanks JimBass. I really appreciate your post. I will try that. I have the 2.6.17 kernel but I wasn't able to get it working so I started following the documentation which said to remove all ipw2200 and 80211 support from the kernel. I will start over and see what happens.
 
Old 09-11-2006, 07:41 PM   #17
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You can load both ieee80211 and ipw2200 as modules, that wouldn't be a problem. Also that way if there is some problem between those modules and the rest of the kernel, you can at least get it to boot without the modules inserted. I just hardwired them into the kernel for convenience. When I want wireless up, I want it up in the fewest commands possible, so I got rid of the modprobe step.

If this is a first(ish) kernel build for you, you'll probably run across problems. I had to build several before everything just worked.

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Old 09-12-2006, 02:44 PM   #18
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I have built several kernels so that's not an issue. I just can't get this ipw working. The funny thing is that it's recognized at eth1 but I can't get any connectivity and I find the standard error messages with 'dmesg' saying it couldn't load the firmware...although, that's with the kernel that has built-in support. I'm really a bit confused with the whole things. When I see support for something in the kernel, I expect that I should be able to use that support. But then I read the web pages, etc. on this ipw2200 and I'm being told to disable all kernel support first. So right now I'm between two sets of instructions.
I will reconfigure my kernel and try your advice. I just haven't had time to do it yet.

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Old 09-12-2006, 08:35 PM   #19
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Man, you jogged my memory! You do need to download firmware for the card to work, and you have to download them manually. You can get the firmware from http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/firmware.php
You'll want the newest version, version 3.

I extracted the files in the archive to /lib/hotplug/firmware, although some some sites suggest /lib/firmware. That should clear up the firmware issues, and that should get you working.

I'm sorry about that man, it has been months since I did this, and I totally forgot about the whole firmware issue. My bad. Hopefully this catches you before you recompile another kernel!

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Old 09-13-2006, 01:22 PM   #20
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I tried installing the driver for Acer IPN2220 Wireless LAN Card (XP inf and 2k inf) and no joy at all, ndiswrapper just says its an invalid driver. I cant find a Win98 driver to try.
 
Old 09-13-2006, 08:25 PM   #21
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It may be a problem with ndiswrapper, or it might be some issue with the driver file. I'd google for what driver in particular works best with that card, and try that. Do you have some way of testing to see if ndiswrapper installed and works correctly?

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Old 09-14-2006, 12:36 PM   #22
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It responded like it should etc, so i presumed it was working.
 
  


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