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Old 02-05-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Intel Pro Wireless 2915ABG on Dell 700m laptop

I'm familiar with UNIX, having worked at a company where our SAS installation was on HPUX. Now I work at a marketing firm, and they are moving to RedHat LINUX. I was asked to train the staff on UNIX commands, which I did by having them install CYGWIN, in preparation for the new server.

I decided to try LINUX on my personal laptop. Since the firm is moving to RedHat, I chose the RedHat distro. The installation went smoothly, with one exception: it did not detect my Intel Pro Wireless 2915ABG network card. I cannot see this card as a choice in the Network Setup, and the OS does not see it. I've tried adding the hardware, but with no joy -- I cannot activate it, since it is not recognized.

I'm definitely a newbie with regards installing and using LINUX; all I know is UNIX commands and shell scripting -- which is of no use.

Any help would be appreciated! Of all the hardware to be without, this is the most crucial, since I cannot download a thing.


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Old 02-06-2012, 08:32 AM   #2
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According to Intel, on this link, the card is supported with the unified driver.

See this link -->

The information and software provided here are for Linux systems with Kernels 2.6.13 or greater.
Run the command 'uname -a' to determine the kernel you have.

Also see this link -->

Note: The iwlwifi driver has been merged into mainline kernel since 2.6.24. If you are using kernels after this release, please use the intree (drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi) driver directly.
Hope this helps.
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For nic's there is three ways to get them working usually.

One is native support. It has been compiled in and you only need to use tools at hand to make it work. From camorri's post it seems that it should be a native driver. That sometime changes with chipset numbers and versions so we may need to know more.

Two is find driver and add it in. Usually it is kind of easy to do that.

Three is to try ndiswrapper for stubborn ones. You use windows drivers to get it to work.
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Thank you

Thank you all for your advice. I had to uninstall LINUX due to a dual boot problem with Windows XP. I plan to reinstall RH and will use your suggestions.


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