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Old 12-30-2007, 07:48 PM   #1
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IPN2200 Wireless not working in Fedora 8


I have installed FC8 on an Acer Travelmate 2350 which I upgraded to a 1.6GHz Pentium-M since the Celeron-M chips don't seem to work with Fedora from FC6 on. This laptop has a built in IPN2200 wireless which should be compatible with IPW2200.

lspci reports:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 02)
00:00.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 02)
00:00.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 83)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 03)
01:01.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
01:02.0 Ethernet controller: Linksys, A Division of Cisco Systems [AirConn] INPROCOMM IPN 2220 Wireless LAN Adapter (rev 01)
01:04.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB1410 Cardbus Controller (rev 01)

The firmware seems to recognise the adapter:
# lsmod | grep ipw
ipw2200 135049 0
ieee80211 30985 1 ipw2200

But I can't seem to configure eth1 or wlan0 - the system still thinks there isn't any wireless adapter.
[root@localhost ~]# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

[root@localhost ~]# wpa_supplicant -Dwext -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
ioctl[SIOCSIWPMKSA]: No such device
ioctl[SIOCSIWMODE]: No such device
Could not configure driver to use managed mode
ioctl[SIOCGIFFLAGS]: No such device
Could not set interface 'wlan0' UP
ioctl[SIOCGIWRANGE]: No such device
ioctl[SIOCGIFINDEX]: No such device
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: No such device
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODE]: No such device
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: No such device
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODE]: No such device
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: No such device
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODE]: No such device
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: No such device
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODE]: No such device
ioctl[SIOCSIWAUTH]: No such device
WEXT auth param 7 value 0x0 - Failed to disable WPA in the driver.
ioctl[SIOCSIWAUTH]: No such device
WEXT auth param 5 value 0x0 - ioctl[SIOCSIWAUTH]: No such device
WEXT auth param 4 value 0x0 - ioctl[SIOCSIWAP]: No such device
ioctl[SIOCGIFFLAGS]: No such device

Any suggestions, ideas? How do I go about getting to the bottom of this?

Thanks - Pete.
 
Old 12-31-2007, 02:03 PM   #2
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Is the ipw2200 firmware rpm package installed????

rpm -qa ipw2200-firmware
yum install ipw2200-firmware
 
Old 01-01-2008, 07:46 PM   #3
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Yes, Firmware is installed

Package ipw2200-firmware-3.0.9 is installed.
 
Old 01-02-2008, 05:55 AM   #4
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OK, I did a little minor searching on INPROCOMM IPN 2220 : http://www.google.com/linux and took the sixth hit;

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/j...,33/id,list_a/

Quote:
Laptop: Acer Extensa 2303LMi

* Chipset: INPROCOMM IPN 2220 Wireless LAN Adapter (rev 01)
* pciid: 02:04.0
* Driver: ftp://ftp.support.acer-euro.com/note...river/a802.zip
* Other: Works fine with WEP under Debian Sarge with kernel 2.6.10.
* Chipset: Broadcom BCM94306, MANFID=02d0,0417

This is not an ipw2200 compatible wireless device, you need to use ndiswrapper and the WindowsXP driver for this AMBIT Wireless LAN adapter. Or you can try the bcm43xx driver which should be available already, you will need to install and install/use the b43-fwcutter package to extract the firmware files from the Windows XP driver.
 
Old 01-03-2008, 03:37 AM   #5
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I installed the b43legacy firmware and verified that the b43legacy module was part of the running kernel. The card is still not recognized.

b43legacy does not load unless I explicitly "modprobe b43legacy". What does this mean? Does the module have to be specified in modprobe.conf?

Does this mean I should give up and switch to ndiswrapper?

TIA for any suggestions.
 
Old 01-03-2008, 05:02 AM   #6
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Yes, one needs to have an entry in /etc/modprobe.conf, sample entry: alias wlan0 b43legacy

One also needs a /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcf-wlan0 file, sample file;
Code:
TYPE=Wireless
DEVICE=wlan0
HWADDR=
BOOTPROTO=dhcp
IPADDR=
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
GATEWAY=
DOMAIN=
ONBOOT=yes
ONHOTPLUG=no
USERCTL=yes
IPV6INIT=no
PEERDNS=yes
ESSID=
CHANNEL=
MODE=
RATE=
 
Old 01-03-2008, 11:40 PM   #7
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I now get a "b43legacy device wlan0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization".

It looks like the IPN2220 is using its own (Inprocomm) chipset and is not compatible with Broadcom's. Plus it looks like Inprocomm went bust about 2 years ago too. I guess I either have to use ndiswrapper with the windows drivers or dig up some other wifi card.

Thanks for all your help, Lenard.
 
  


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