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Old 05-11-2009, 10:26 AM   #1
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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.
Old 05-11-2009, 11:15 AM   #2
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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  
p   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.

Last edited by farslayer; 05-11-2009 at 11:19 AM.


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