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Old 06-11-2006, 07:51 PM   #1
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problems getting intel bg2200 working on debian etch

Can anyone point me to a howto on setting this up? I figured this would be a common problem but there is not much documentation about it.

I have installed the ieee80211 kernel modules, and I am now trying to install ipw2200.

gleah@g-laptop:~$ locate ieee80211.h

g-laptop:/home/gleah/downloads/ipw2200-1.1.2# make IEEE80211_INC=/usr/include/ieee80211/net/

 ERROR: ieee80211.h not found in '/usr/include/ieee80211/net/'.

You need to install the ieee80211 subsystem from
and point this build to the location where you installed those sources, eg.:

% make IEEE80211_INC=/usr/src/ieee80211/

will look for ieee80211.h in /usr/src/ieee80211/net/

make: *** [check_inc] Error 1
Also when I boot, I get the following error messages:

ipw2200: disagrees about version of symbol ieee80211_wx_get_encodeext
ipw2200: Unknown symbol ieee80211_wx_get_encodeext
ipw2200: disagrees about version of symbol ieee80211_wx_set_encode
ipw2200: Unknown symbol ieee80211_wx_set_encode
ipw2200: disagrees about version of symbol ieee80211_wx_get_encode
ipw2200: Unknown symbol ieee80211_wx_get_encode
ipw2200: disagrees about version of symbol ieee80211_txb_free
ipw2200: Unknown symbol ieee80211_txb_free
ipw2200: disagrees about version of symbol ieee80211_wx_set_encodeext
ipw2200: Unknown symbol ieee80211_wx_set_encodeext
ipw2200: disagrees about version of symbol ieee80211_wx_get_scan
ipw2200: Unknown symbol ieee80211_wx_get_scan
ipw2200: disagrees about version of symbol ieee80211_rx
ipw2200: Unknown symbol ieee80211_rx
ipw2200: disagrees about version of symbol ieee80211_rx_mgt
ipw2200: Unknown symbol ieee80211_rx_mgt
ipw2200: disagrees about version of symbol free_ieee80211
ipw2200: Unknown symbol free_ieee80211
ipw2200: disagrees about version of symbol alloc_ieee80211
ipw2200: Unknown symbol alloc_ieee80211
Any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Old 06-14-2006, 12:42 AM   #2
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OK I finally got it working. First, I had the wrong firmware for the ipw2200 drivers I was using. Make sure that the firmware matches the driver version and extract it to /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware/.

I also abandoned using apt for ieee80211 and instead downloaded the source and compiled it.

cd ~/downloads/
cp ipw2200-fw-3.0.tgz /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware/
cd !$
gunzip ipw2200-fw-3.0.tgz 
tar -xf ipw2200-fw-3.0.tar
cd ipw2200-fw-3.0/
mv * ../

cd ~/downloads/
gunzip ieee80211-1.1.14.tgz
tar -xf ieee80211-1.1.14.tar
cd ieee80211-1.1.14/
chmod +x ./remove-old
make install

cd ~/downloads/
gunzip ipw2200-1.1.3.tgz 
tar -xf ipw2200-1.1.3.tar
cd ipw2200-1.1.3/
make install

iwconfig eth1 essid [ssid] key [key]
And that pretty much did it.
Old 04-06-2007, 06:08 PM   #3
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bg2200 T42

So your last post contains all the steps to setup the wireless? I've the same card on T42. Thanks you your post.


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