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Old 04-05-2007, 02:54 AM   #1
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ipw2100 still doesn't work...


hello,
i have a intel pro/wireless 2100 3b wireless adapter on my asus 2500h notebook, but i can't get it to work on my linux box. i've tried suse, ubuntu, sabayon, but still doesn't work. i also try ndiswrapper...

the dmesg | grep ipw2100 returns the same:
Code:
[   14.416000] ipw2100: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Driver, git-1.2.2
[   14.416000] ipw2100: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
[   15.152000] ipw2100: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection
[   15.458000] ipw2100: eth1: Error initializing Symbol
[   15.458000] ipw2100: eth1: Error loading microcode: -5
[   15.458000] ipw2100: eth1: Failed to power on the adapter.
[   15.458000] ipw2100: eth1: Failed to start the firmware.
[   15.458000] ipw2100Error calling register_netdev.
[   15.458000] ipw2100: probe of 0000:00:0c.0 failed with error -5
in windows, the card runs just fine. if i use ndiswrapper, it can detect the accesspoint, but can't connect to it. it also can detect hotspots nearby.

please help,
faizal
 
Old 04-06-2007, 02:25 PM   #2
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ipw2100: eth1: Failed to start the firmware.
This is the largest problem, and solving it will hopefully fix the other problems you're seeing. If you actually did try all of those different distro's just for this card, I'll let you in on a little not-so-secret - GOOGLE! No distro in the world will allow that card to just work out of the box, because you need to install closed source firmware, which a disro can't allow. If they included the firmware, they would not be opensource.

Here is a link to the firmware - http://ipw2100.sourceforge.net/

You need to download and put the firmware files in /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware.

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 04-09-2007, 07:18 PM   #3
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jimbass, thx for the reply,
i've tried the solutions i could find in google,
replaced the firmware, recompiled ipw2100 and also the ieee...something,
i used ndiswrapper, and driverloader (by linuxant?). i used many windows driver by using
ndiswrapper, but the closest result was it was able only to detect the access point and
hotspots nearby...still can't connect to it...
all the articles i read, they connected their intel pro/wireless in a matter of few steps,
i've tried everything....
it's not cool if i give up and buy new laptop

please help...
thank you...
faizal
 
Old 04-09-2007, 07:37 PM   #4
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Well, the major problem there is the 2100 is built into the kernel, so ndiswrapper is unnecessary. Trying to have both going (as you do) is likely to cause huge problems, as you're seeing. Remove ndiswrapper. Just let the kernel do its job, and see if you get it to connect.

Ndiswrapper is to get wireless things working when there is no kernel support for them. Once kernel support comes, it is a done deal. Get it into the kernel, get the firmware, configure the interface and you should be on.

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 01-16-2008, 01:48 AM   #5
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hello,
well i gave up and i switched the card with my friend's atheros,
it works well on my laptop and mine on his,
so...there's no solution for this, and my guess that the card can't be
used on linux

thank you all
 
Old 01-16-2008, 07:07 AM   #6
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Wrong. The ipw2100 can work flawlessly, and is 100% supported by linux. You did something that screwed it up, or you didn't have the firmware as I said in my last post.

This is being written ovia the ipw2200 wirelessly without ndiswrapper.

Peace,
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