Thanks for the quick reply !
I did that but... the firmware is already present in my fedora 7 installation. Exactly the same files, same version, same date... (I checked again)
On my system it appears that even at boot time, the eth1 init corresponding to the wireless lan fails. The error is exactly the same at that point.
Here is some information about my system...
[root@localhost ~]# lsmod
ipw2200 141449 0
ieee80211 35081 1 ipw2200
ieee80211_crypt 10049 1 ieee80211
[root@localhost ~]# ifconfig eth1
eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0E:35:6A:29:81
BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:86406 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:3763 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:1
collisions:0 lg file transmission:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
Interruption:11 Adresse de base:0x4000 Mémoire:ffdfd000-ffdfdfff
[root@localhost ~]# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
eth1 unassociated ESSID: off/any Nickname:"localhost.localdomain"
Mode:Managed Channel=0 Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate: 0 kb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm Sensitivity=8/0
Retry limit: 7 RTS thr: off Fragment thr: off
Encryption key: off
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
Regarding iwconfig result, I would say my wireless card is OFF... Could it be simply that ?? (I already tried to use rfswitch but unsuccessfully...)
How can I check ??
One last thing, I tried the ethernet cable connection and it worked fine... so no network issue. Also, the WLAN works fine when using Windows XP, so my card is ok.