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Old 01-14-2007, 05:28 PM   #1
sddmack
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Network Device problem using Fedora C6


Hardware:

Toshiba M55 Satellite
Intel Pentium 1.73G
Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG WIFI
80 GB HD
Marvell 88E8036 10/100

OS: Just installed Fedora Core 6 from the ISO CD-ROMs I made. The setup only request the first 2 CDs. The HD was completely wiped prior to installation so no other OS is present.

Problem: Unable to get either (wireless and LAN) internet device to connect or for the status to be active.

Tried: Going to Network Config (interface) and adding both connections again but I get "eepro100 device eth1 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization." for the regular connection and the program doesn't provide the right ethernet adapter to select from when adding the wireless connection. Regardless, i select one that's close and get the same "xxxx device eth3 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization."

Also Tried: Using the command line to add updated IPW2200-1.2.1, IPW2200-fw-3.0 and some kernel. This after reviewing a clemson.edu website that provided some instructions. The problem was the instructions were provided as if that machine had a connection. So i had to download on my PC and then transfer the files (on flash drive) to my laptop and archive to /lib/firmware. This produced error 2 during the commmand line.



Is there an easier way to perform this or some way to identify what exactly i need to get these devices working properly? Any help would be appreciated, especially if it can be translated to the newbie level.

Thanks
 
Old 01-14-2007, 05:52 PM   #2
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You need to have the firmware in the correct spot for the wireless card to work. I have no idea why the wired card isn't working.

I have the exact same wireless card, and support for it is built into the main kernel, so you don't need ndiswrapper or madwifi to make it work, just firmware. Check and make sure you have the exact same card as this:
Code:
lspci
(snipped)
02:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection (rev 05)
And you need the firmware files (downloadable from http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/firmware.php) and place the unzipped files in /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware/.

That should activate the wireless card, assuming the Fedora install correctly identified the card, and loaded the kernel modules for it. That's something else you could try, as root -

Code:
rmmod ipw2200
That should pull out the module for the wireless card, then follow up with,
Code:
modprobe ipw2200
See what happens then.

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 01-14-2007, 06:56 PM   #3
sddmack
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Thanks for the quick reply.

From the terminal:

# rmmod ipw2200
ERROR: Module ipw2200 does not exist in /proc/modules
# modprobe ipw2200
WARNING: Could not open '/lib/modules/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6/kernel/net/ieee80211/ieee80211_crypt.ko': No such file or directory
WARNING: Could not open '/lib/modules/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6/kernel/net/ieee80211/ieee80211.ko': No such file or directory
FATAL: Error inserting ipw2200 (/lib/modules/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2200.ko): Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg)

I then downloaded ipw2200-fw-3.0.tgz and extracted the 4 files ipw2200-bss.fw, XX-ibss.fw, XX-sniffer.fw & License.ipw2200-fw into /lib/firmware/ipw2200-fw-3.0 . I cannot locate the folder /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware .

Back to terminal:

# /sbin/modprobe -r ipw2200
# /sbin/modprobe ipw2200
WARNING: Could not open '/lib/modules/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6/kernel/net/ieee80211/ieee80211_crypt.ko': No such file or directory
WARNING: Could not open '/lib/modules/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6/kernel/net/ieee80211/ieee80211.ko': No such file or directory
FATAL: Error inserting ipw2200 (/lib/modules/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2200.ko): Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg)
[root@localhost ~]#

I am not sure the hardware was correctly identified or that the kernals were loaded during install. I did the text install but think I passed up some of the network information to update at a later point. Is there a tool to ID the card and then pull the right modules from the disk?

Thanks
 
Old 01-14-2007, 07:42 PM   #4
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I hate Fedora, so I don't know if there is a tool. It doesn't look like you have the modules for the ipw2200 in your kernel. It is possible though highly unlikely that the info for the wireless card is hardcoded into the kernel, ie not a module. The only way I know of to fix your problem is to recompile the kernel, making sure the modules get made for the ipw2200. It should look like this when you remove, then insert the modules:

Code:
jim@jimsworktop:~$ sudo rmmod ipw2200
Password:



jim@jimsworktop:~$
jim@jimsworktop:~$
jim@jimsworktop:~$
jim@jimsworktop:~$ sudo modprobe ipw2200
It doesn't spit any errors. There might be an rpm to install those modules, but I'll leave that to you to look for.

Peace,
JimBass
 
  


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