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Old 05-24-2008, 12:05 PM   #1
wirefox
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Problem with wireless connection using Debian Etch, iBook G3, Airport and WPA


I'm new to Linux. On my home network I use WPA for connecting to my Airport Express. I just installed Etch (Gnome desktop) on an old iBook (2nd gen) and its Airport card will not connect to the Airport Express. It appears that Etch as currently configured does not support WPA. I hope someone can help me get this configuration working properly. Thanks in advance for your help!
 
Old 05-24-2008, 12:19 PM   #2
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Hi - if possible turn off WPA and all security on the router and try to connect. If you can connect without security, you can focus on WPA, if not, you need to back up and see if the wireless card is functional under Debian.

From a terminal window, the lspci command (as root) should show if the wireless card is detected. Then you'll need to determine what drivers are being loaded. Linux wireless using PCs is problematic due to lack of driver support for some chipsets - I have no ideas about an iBook. It depends on the chipset used in the wireless NIC.

I would think a Google search for Linux wireless and iBook might turn something up.
 
Old 05-24-2008, 01:07 PM   #3
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Hi - if possible turn off WPA and all security on the router and try to connect. If you can connect without security, you can focus on WPA, if not, you need to back up and see if the wireless card is functional under Debian.

From a terminal window, the lspci command (as root) should show if the wireless card is detected. Then you'll need to determine what drivers are being loaded. Linux wireless using PCs is problematic due to lack of driver support for some chipsets - I have no ideas about an iBook. It depends on the chipset used in the wireless NIC.

I would think a Google search for Linux wireless and iBook might turn something up.
It appears you may be right about the drivers. Perhaps you could review the output of the following commands and interpret for me.

localhost:/home/raymond# lspci
0000:00:0b.0 Host bridge: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth AGP
0000:00:10.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility M3 AGP 2x (rev 02)
0001:10:0b.0 Host bridge: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth PCI
0001:10:17.0 Class ff00: Apple Computer Inc. KeyLargo Mac I/O (rev 03)
0001:10:18.0 USB Controller: Apple Computer Inc. KeyLargo USB
0001:10:19.0 USB Controller: Apple Computer Inc. KeyLargo USB
0002:20:0b.0 Host bridge: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth Internal PCI
0002:20:0e.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth FireWire (rev 01)
0002:20:0f.0 Ethernet controller: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth GMAC (Sun GEM) (rev 01)
localhost:/home/raymond#

localhost:/home/raymond# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth1 no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

eth2 IEEE 802.11b ESSID:"" Nickname:"HERMES I"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.422 GHz Access Point: None
Bit Rate:11 Mb/s Sensitivity:1/3
Retry limit:4 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality=0/92 Signal level=107/153 Noise level=160/153
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:114 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

sit0 no wireless extensions.

localhost:/home/raymond#

Thanks for your help!
 
  


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