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Old 03-08-2005, 09:40 AM   #1
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Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG problem under FC3

Hello, I was wondering if someone could help me with my wireless adapter. It is a Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG.

Im running Fedora Core 3 with the kernel (2.6.10-1.770_FC3). under the network settings in can detect the hardware correctly but when I try to activate it, it says the device isnt present and is delaying initalization.

My home network is under WPA security but i tried without network security and got the same problem.

I tried to follow the instructions at the Intel for linux support page at sourceforge but I got lost. I have the .tgz files for the driver and firmware. please help.
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Did you install the firmware? You should copy the .fw files to /lib/firmware. Then modprobe the driver (I have the ipw2100 card but I guess the principle is the same). Check dmesg for any errors (like if it can't find the firmware).

The file /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1 should have its "Type" set to "Wireless" (I believe the intel script did this already, but I may be wrong).

When security is disabled, the network should work by default (or you could try "sudo iwconfig eth1 essid <whatever your AP is called>", assuming eth1 is your wireless device).

If security is enabled, do "sudo iwconfig eth1 key s:yourpassword".

And don't forget "sudo ifconfig eth1 up" and "sudo dhclient eth1"

I can't recall anything else that I did to get my pro/wireless 2100 going under fc3. Hope this helps.
Old 03-08-2005, 03:13 PM   #3
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actually i figured it out on my own, i followed the directions at the page.

1. I downloaded the latest driver, correct kernel driver and latest firmware ..

2. under root in terminal i rpm all 3 at the same time with rpm 1.rpm 2.rpm 3.rpm, doing that updated all the files and folders automatically as well as the kernel i think.

3. After much work with the network settings I managed to get it to connect by changing the security of the router to WEP and then put in the hex password it created into the wireless settings of the eth1 device which was the wireless card. I deacivated the netplugd service and activated the network service and it worked. Thanks for the help though, took over an hour to do. The only terminal commands i used was rpm for the 3 packages.

Personally it was probably luck that got it to work, thank the linux gods lol.


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