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manugupt1 05-11-2009 11:26 AM

Problem with Lenovo R61(thinkpad) Debian 5.0 Lenny Wireless configuration
I have a lenovo R61 with debian 5.0 lenny and have a problem with my wireless connection driver
My kernel version 2.6.26. is while in the site( drivers are
provided for kernels upto 2.6.23.

The driver installation as i can understand .There
are basically 3 files required - iwlwifi-4965-ucode, iwlwifi-1.2.25
and mac80211 . We have to install mac82011 first then go for the
iwlwifi-1.2.25 and then add a module frm the 4965-ucode into the
kernel directory. This is in short what we have to do.

I tried this but cudnt get a hang of it. can anyone specify an easier or more accessible method as I would love to explore linux. However wothoutt the availability of a net connection wud certainly hamper myt growth.

farslayer 05-11-2009 12:15 PM

make sure your sources list includes non-free


it-lenny:# aptitude update
it-lenny:# aptitude search firmware

p  alsa-firmware-loaders                            - ALSA software loaders for specific hardware               
p  atmel-firmware                                    - Firmware for Atmel at76c50x wireless networking chips.     
p  bluez-firmware                                    - Firmware for Bluetooth devices                             
p  dns323-firmware-tools                            - build and manipulate firmware images for the DNS-323       
p  firmware-bnx2                                    - Binary firmware for Broadcom NetXtremeII                   
p  firmware-ipw2x00                                  - Binary firmware for Intel Pro Wireless 2100, 2200 and 2915 
firmware-iwlwifi                                  - Binary firmware for Intel Wireless 3945, 4965 and 5000-serie
p  firmware-linux                                    - Binary firmware for Linux shipped firmwares               
p  firmware-qlogic                                  - Binary firmware for QLogic QLA1XXX and QLA2XXX             
p  firmware-ralink                                  - Binary firmware for Ralink RT2561, RT2571, RT2661 and RT2671
p  isight-firmware-tools                            - tools for dealing with Apple iSight firmware               
p  libertas-firmware                                - Firmware for Marvell's 8388 (libertas) wireless chips     
p  linux-wlan-ng-firmware                            - firmware files used by the linux-wlan-ng driver           
p  midisport-firmware                                - Firmware loader for M-Audio's MidiSport devices           
p  zd1211-firmware                                  - Firmware images for the zd1211 and zd1211rw wireless drivers

it-lenny:/# aptitude install firmware-iwlwifi

According to the wiki you need kernel 2.6.24 or HIGHER not 2.6.23 or lower..

    * Install 2.6.24 (or later) kernel, available in :
          o  EtchAndAHalf's 2.6.24 kernel (not installed by default).
          o  Debian Lenny.

If you are running Lenny it should be a easy painless setup.

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