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Old 01-22-2007, 05:29 AM   #1
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Intel wireless card on Dell laptop (FC6)


I've got a new Dell 6400/E1505 with the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps) wireless card. I'm running Fedora Core 6. I downloaded the wireless card's drivers from Intel's site, but I have no idea how to install them. I unpacked the tar, and in it are 3 more tars. I've read all the README's and INSTALLs and there seems to be quite a bit of conflicting information. Furthermore, the INSTALL files tell you to install certain files, but not where or even how. Please, has anybody and experience with this? Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-22-2007, 06:53 AM   #2
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Alright, I installed the driver via rpm from FreshRPMs, but KWifiManager won't find the signal even though I'm 5 meters from the router. Also, the Wifi LED isn't lit on the laptop. Anybody have any experience with this thing?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 01-22-2007, 06:59 AM   #3
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Hi,

We use those laptops at work, not sure if this is helpful but both SLED (SuSe Linux Enterprise edition) and mandriva 2007 installed fine on them out the box and the wireless worked fine.

This is just incase if you end up unable to get the wireless working with your current distro and want to try another
 
Old 01-22-2007, 06:59 AM   #4
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WiFi on Dell laptop

I believe the Kwifimanager is merely a tool to see network strength and traffic.

You should install Knetworkmanager.

Once installed, right click the system tray icon and then "options". Select "Enable".
The network manager should scan automatically for networks.
Left click the networkmanager icon, then left click on which network you want to connect to.
 
Old 01-22-2007, 02:33 PM   #5
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@sonic: Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. Tell me, how did you guys disable the Media button (next to the power button)? I find that it ERASES ALL EXT3 PARTITIONS when pressed if the power is off.

@Inchcape: I installed knetworkmanager, but the icon merely says that it's not running and there's no option of enabling it. Should I start it as root?
 
Old 01-22-2007, 05:15 PM   #6
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I didn't even notice this problem with the media button!

SLED uses ReiserFs by default and as i didn't have any problems myself, I'm guessing the media button doen't affect this FS.

maybe you could try a re-install on a reiserFS partition?

(I'll definitely check this out back in work thanks for the tip)
 
Old 01-23-2007, 01:10 AM   #7
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Intel wireless card on Dell laptop (FC6)

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@sonic: Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. Tell me, how did you guys disable the Media button (next to the power button)? I find that it ERASES ALL EXT3 PARTITIONS when pressed if the power is off.

@Inchcape: I installed knetworkmanager, but the icon merely says that it's not running and there's no option of enabling it. Should I start it as root?
I believe you should install it as root. I run opensuse. I found this info here: http://en.opensuse.org/Projects/KNetworkManager

Fedora is mentioned at the bottom of the page, specifically to install it as root.
 
Old 01-23-2007, 01:18 AM   #8
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Thanks, got it working just fine.

When using yum of course one must install as root. When I was downloading the rpm directly I wasn't sure.
 
Old 01-23-2007, 01:22 AM   #9
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Intel wireless card on Dell laptop (FC6)

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I believe you should install it as root. I run opensuse. I found this info here: http://en.opensuse.org/Projects/KNetworkManager

Fedora is mentioned at the bottom of the page, specifically to install it as root.
I did a quick web search and found the exact solution (I hope) for you, by someone who is using the same box as you. He gives excellent step-by-step guidance on installing and configuring your equipment. Here's the link: http://biojanus.anu.edu.au/~paulway/...iron_6400.html

Open that page and scroll down to "Problems encountered and solved".
 
Old 01-23-2007, 06:18 AM   #10
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Thanks. I wrote to him, asking about the Media key issue.
 
  


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