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Old 04-06-2006, 02:29 AM   #1
greenpig
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wireless on a thinkpad


I installed SuSE 10.0 on my Thinkpad Z60m and everything went beautifully until i tried to connect to the internet via my wireless card. I have A Pentium 740 (@1.73 gHz) with a gig of ram and a 40 gb HDD. My Wireless card is a Intel pro wireless 2915ABG with a mini PCI adapter. The wireless router i am trying to connect to is a Linksys using 802.11 B
Ive used Windows for ten years mainly with office software. I have no experience using a command line, but am willing to learn. Now i know there are several areas specifically dedicated to wireless and SuSE but after reading for five hours i have not found what i am looking for. If anyone can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated; or, if your up for a challenge, i really need to be walked through this, step by step. Thx

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Old 04-06-2006, 03:36 AM   #2
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hi there and welcome to LQ,
i give you some tips where you can start....
first you need to check if the module is up..
Code:
lsmod | grep ipw
if you get a positive answer it means that the module is loaded.
you can double check that with
Code:
iwconfig
bring the interface up...
Code:
ifconfig $your_interface 192.168.X.X netmask 255.255.255.0 up
note that the netmask and the IP can change.
second: ping your router...
Code:
ping 192.168.2.1
or whatever IP your router has...
after that add your router as default gateway...
Code:
route add default gw 192.168.2.1 dev $your_interface
everything from the top of the head....
hope it gives you some light...
regards,
slackie1000
 
Old 04-06-2006, 03:46 AM   #3
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ok the lsmod command worked and it looks like i have drivers and firmware, next i typed iwconfig and it gave me this...
lo no wireless extentions
eth0 no wireless extentions
sit0 no wireless extentions
and last... ifconfig $your_interface 192.168.X.X netmask 255.255.255.0 up
is your_interface the name of my primary user, for example: jdoe

this is helping already, thank you
 
Old 04-06-2006, 03:52 AM   #4
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hi there,
welcome mate!
the iwconfig commmand should give you back the interface. somehow the module is not connected to the hardware.
i am pretty sure that suse has somehow a method to link it through YAST. Sorry i am not a Suse user.
what you can do is : create an alias in your /etc/modprobe.conf file...
Code:
alias wlan0 ipw2200
what i mean with $your_interface is wlan0 now. it is the name of the wireless interface.
regards,
slackie1000
 
Old 04-06-2006, 08:02 AM   #5
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is that a "centrino" model you have? Does your network card show up in YaST-network devices-network card? If so, maybe the following can help.
I have a T42 thinkpad and got my wireless to work like this.

-go to YaST, click on software management
-search for 'ipw'
-tick the package 'ipw-firmware' and click on accept and finish.
-configure your wireless adapter in YaST-network devices- network card

If the 'ipw-firmware' package does not show up, you will have to add the packman repository to your installation sources. You'll find a sticky thread in this subforum how that is done
I am quite new to SuSE myself, so I hope I can be of any help.

edit: the instructions on how to install additional repositories are in the SuSE/Novell subforum of course.

Last edited by Tobitas; 04-06-2006 at 08:04 AM.
 
Old 04-07-2006, 03:40 AM   #6
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ok, i tried some stuff, and made some progress, but screwed something up bad along the way. I couldnt log in as root anymore, the system would lock if i tried. So im back, with a fresh install and starting over. Id like to thank everyone for their help, i have made progress (the wireless led was on right before it froze ). Well, im going to walk back through the steps, very carefully.

Last edited by greenpig; 04-07-2006 at 03:43 AM.
 
  


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