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Old 03-02-2005, 11:36 AM   #1
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Curious ipw2100 issue (wireless networking)

On my laptop (a thinkpad X40), I have the ipw2100 wireless card. I installed the drivers from, and everything was fine. Then one day, it just magically stopped working for no apparent reason.

It is detected as a wireless device OK:
stevex40 steve # iwconfig eth1
eth1      unassociated  ESSID:"<my wireless access point>"  Nickname:"stevex40"
          Mode:Managed  Channel=0  Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00   
          Bit Rate=0 kb/s   Tx-Power:off   
          Retry:on   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XX   Security mode:open
          Power Management:off
          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
It can even see my gateway ok:
stevex40 steve # iwlist eth1 scan
eth1      Scan completed :
          Cell 01 - Address: 00:09:5B:C1:27:BC
                    ESSID:"<my wireless access point>"
                    Protocol:IEEE 802.11bg
                    Encryption key:on
                    Bit Rate:36 Mb/s
                    Extra: Rates (Mb/s): 1 2 5.5 11 6 12 24 36 
                    Extra: RSSI: -32  dBm 
                    Extra: Last beacon: 38ms ago
          Cell 02 - Address: 00:0D:54:FA:E8:DD
                    ESSID:"<neighbours wireless access point>"
                    Protocol:IEEE 802.11g
                    Encryption key:on
                    Bit Rate:54 Mb/s
                    Extra: Rates (Mb/s): 1 2 5.5 6 9 11 12 18 24 36 48 54 
                    Extra: RSSI: -83  dBm 
                    Extra: Last beacon: 37ms ago
It just refuses to associate, despite the fact that I am sitting less than 50 centimetres from the wireless access point. As far as I can tell, I am doing everything right, and there is no hardware problem - just a configuration problem.

I really, really must have wireless working. I hate being tied down by cat-5 :(


Edit: Other people are still able to access my wireless access point, and I am definately using the correct key.

Last edited by TMH; 03-02-2005 at 11:43 AM.
Old 03-02-2005, 12:48 PM   #2
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I've discovered the solution to my problem. I was (for some reason) loading the modules in the wrong order. It works now. Whoops.
Old 03-14-2005, 10:00 PM   #3
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This is an update to this thread, a LQ member asked me which order I loaded the modules in:

This is the order that I load my modules in (from




e1000 and subfs are my other network card and an automounting filesystem. I guess this problem has something to do with the fact that ipw2100 depends on those iee80211 modules, and doesn't use them if they are loaded in the incorrect order.

I hope this helps someone who stumbles in from google.


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