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Old 10-22-2005, 10:43 PM   #1
lobwolf
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Intel pro/wireless 2200BG


Hi, I just installed FC4 in my laptop Toshiba m30 which has the mini PCI card Intel pro/wireless 2200BG. The problem is that when I try to make a new Wireless connection is not listed but it is listed in the hardware devices tab. I went to the website ipw2200.sourceforge.net but I am kinda new in Linux and that sounds like general to me. Is there anyone that could explain How to make the wireless work in a simpler way???

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Old 10-23-2005, 12:17 PM   #2
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Wow.....I read through their instructions for installing the firmware....what a joke. I think it would be faster and even easier to use ndiswrapper. It allows you to use a windows driver for linux hardware. You can find a driver here http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...index.php/List Just scroll down to your card. And the link to a page I'm working on is in my signature below. I'm trying to set it up to help newbies get ndiswrapper installed and functional. It should help you get on the right track. It has screenshots and stuff I hope will help you. Good luck! Just post again here if you have any questions or problems.

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Old 10-23-2005, 12:49 PM   #3
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Also, I've noticed the driver is .exe format. This is a windows executable file and not always much help in linux. But, I successfully downloaded and unpacked the file you will need with the program "wine." I would download wine, the windows driver, and open the .exe file with wine. Once you do and it asks you where to save the file, just click browse and find the "Y:" drive or whichever one says /home after it. Then it made a folder called "IP2200" or something like that. I opened it, opened the XP folder, and inside are the .inf and .sys files you will need. Hope this isn't massively confusing.
 
Old 10-23-2005, 03:00 PM   #4
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Working in it

Hey AgentVenom thanks for your help, I wanted to start working a little in what you said and I already downloaded the driver version 8.0 for the Card: [Intel] PRO/Wireless 2200BG from the website you said, also in my WIN-XP extracted the intel wireless proset - 8.0.0.167 generic .exe file and browsed into the folder WINXP and I found these files:

w22n51.INF
w22n51.sys
W22MLRES.DLL
W22NCPA.DLL
WLDMLRES.DLL
w22n51.cat

Are those (the .sys and .inf) that I need to use with ndiswrapper?. ok if so, I will continue doing all the code stuff with ndiswrapper tomorrow and I'll tell you what happens. THANKS.
 
Old 10-23-2005, 03:23 PM   #5
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure the .dll and .cat files are junk for what we're doing. As long as you have the .inf file and .sys file, you should be good to go! Good Luck!
 
Old 10-25-2005, 10:12 AM   #6
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Unhappy ouch problem

Hey AgentVenom well I got a problem in the process everything was going alright. I think I did fine with the requirements: Kernel 2.6.11, downloaded the correct card driver and the ndiswrapper version 1.4, installed the ndiswrapper with no errors (make distclean->make->make install. Installed windows driver. (driver present, hardware present) but in the step of loading the module after I do "modprobe ndiswrapper", linux gets frozen and I have to shut it down and restart again. I restarted and verified that the driver is still there by ndiswrapper -l and it shows it. I tried to redo the step "load the module" and it got frozen again. then I removed the driver with "ndiswrapper -e w22n51" and reinstalled the driver with "ndiswrapper -i w22n51.inf" and tried again to load the module (depmod -a->modprobe ndiswrapper) and it got froze again. I dunno what to do in order to make the wireless work. I'd appreciate your help. THANKS
 
Old 10-25-2005, 11:47 AM   #7
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Looks like we might have to find a different driver. I'll do some checking and post again.

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Old 10-25-2005, 11:56 AM   #8
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Oooops, I think it's my fault. I should have pointed you to the latest version of the driver as it says the 8.0.0..... version's .inf file doesn't seem to work. Try this driver ftp://aiedownload.intel.com/df-suppo...ic%2088663.exe Again it will be a .exe file and we want the .inf and .sys files out of the XP folder inside just like last time. Then, remove the driver installed right now and install in it's place the 8.1.1.0 driver. Hopefully that will get you rolling again. Sorry to have pointed you to a bad driver.

I took the liberty of downloading it again myself for better directions. Open the PROW2200 folder, then the WIN2K_XP folder, and grab the w22n51.inf and w22n51.sys files. These are the two you will need. Then in linux, install the w22n51.inf with ndiswrapper after you remove the old driver.

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Old 10-26-2005, 08:12 AM   #9
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Just a side note, I am running FC4 and it was easy to get a 2915ABG running. Just get the firmware for the stable 1.0.0 driver and place it in the appropriate directory. Modprobe -r ipw2200 then Modprobe ipw2200 and I was able to setup the wireless and all is happy.

Cheers,

DH
 
Old 10-26-2005, 10:50 AM   #10
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I got the firmware and now?

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Originally posted by d4harvey
Just a side note, I am running FC4 and it was easy to get a 2915ABG running. Just get the firmware for the stable 1.0.0 driver and place it in the appropriate directory. Modprobe -r ipw2200 then Modprobe ipw2200 and I was able to setup the wireless and all is happy.
Cheers,
DH
Hey D4Harvey, ok I got the firmware version 2.2 (ipw2200_firmware_2.2_5.at.noarch.rpm) for my www22n51(intel pro/wireless 2200BG), now where's the "appropiate directory" that you said, before going to Modprobe?
THANKS.
 
Old 10-26-2005, 10:53 AM   #11
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Agentvenom
[B]Oooops, I think it's my fault. I should have pointed you to the latest version of the driver as it says the 8.0.0..... version's .inf file doesn't seem to work. Try this driver ftp://aiedownload.intel.com/df-suppo...ic%2088663.exe Again it will be a .exe file and we want the .inf and .sys files out of the XP folder inside just like last time. Then, remove the driver installed right now and install in it's place the 8.1.1.0 driver. Hopefully that will get you rolling again. Sorry to have pointed you to a bad driver.

Well, bad news again I did what you said and, again after "modprobe ndiswrapper" my FC4 gets frozen. any help'?, THANKS.
 
Old 10-26-2005, 12:05 PM   #12
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Talking IT WORKS!!!!

Hey guys I was reading in HERE and I did what it says skipping the first 3 stps and starting from the step 4, well I finally got my wireless working after 3 days. THANKS SO MUCH ANYWAYS.
 
Old 10-26-2005, 02:00 PM   #13
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You just needed the firmware in the right place. That must be a required step for this card as I received an email from someone yesterday with the same problem and I had him install the firmware RPM and all is well with him as well. Glad to hear you got it working and thanks for providing the link!
 
Old 10-26-2005, 02:18 PM   #14
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glad to hear you got it working. The Ubuntu page follows the readme on the ipw site at sourceforge.


IPW 2200 SITE @ SOURCEFORGE

the firmware is necessary for these cards, I believe it has something to do with the proprietary communications.

welcome to wireless ....


Cheers,

DH
 
Old 10-29-2005, 09:27 AM   #15
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well, at least it is good to know that getting the 2200BG working is possible... i have spent the last 4 days banging my head against my computer trying to figure out how to get it working under FC4 (i replaced my ahteros card because it was causing problems with wpa_supplicant... ha ha!), but after trying numerous combinations of binary and source i cannot come up with something that works. any help is appreciated.

this is what i have:

kernel: 2.6.13-1.1532_FC4
firmware: ipw2200-firmware-2.4-1

kernel was wiped and reinstalled to clear past failed attempts. firmware rpm installed firmeware here: /lib/firmware/

BCM2033-FW.bin ipw-2.3-boot.fw ipw-2.4-bss.fw
BCM2033-MD.hex ipw-2.3-bss.fw ipw-2.4-bss_ucode.fw
BCM-LEGAL.txt ipw-2.3-bss_ucode.fw ipw-2.4-ibss.fw
ipw-2.2-boot.fw ipw-2.3-ibss.fw ipw-2.4-ibss_ucode.fw
ipw-2.2-bss.fw ipw-2.3-ibss_ucode.fw ipw-2.4-sniffer.fw
ipw-2.2-bss_ucode.fw ipw-2.3-sniffer.fw ipw-2.4-sniffer_ucode.fw
ipw-2.2-ibss.fw ipw-2.3-sniffer_ucode.fw LICENSE
ipw-2.2-ibss_ucode.fw ipw-2.4-boot.fw

hotplug is looking in the right place:
firmware.agent:FIRMWARE_DIR=/lib/firmware

it looks like all the modules loaded:

# lsmod |egrep "(ipw|802)"
ipw2200 77133 0
ieee80211 24389 1 ipw2200
ieee80211_crypt_wep 5057 1
ieee80211_crypt 9413 2 ieee80211,ieee80211_crypt_wep

the driver loads:

# ifconfig eth1
eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:12:F0:5D:730
BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:38 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:10 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:1
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0xe000 Memory:c0210000-c0210fff

but i cannot connect:

# ifup eth1
Error for wireless request "Set Bit Rate" (8B20) :
SET failed on device eth1 ; Operation not supported.

Determining IP information for eth1... failed; no link present. Check cable?

<insert head banging here>

finally, i have wpa_supplicant-0.3.9-8.rhfc4.at installed, but am not using it for the basic connectivity test. i am using simple ifcfg-eth1 config params + keys-eth1 form my WEP connection.

all input welcome at this point...

thanks

b
 
  


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