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Old 01-20-2008, 05:56 PM   #1
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Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection help for FC8.

Hi guys,
I'm willing to install Fedora Core 8 on my laptop which is Dell Inspiron 630m.

I bilieve that I saw many posts about my wireless card not getting installed automatic, and I'm really newbie to anything Linux related.

Before I install my Fedora Core I searched for help sites to get my Wireless Card installed which is Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection Problem, but sadly, I didn't understand what to do because like I said to you I still real newbie. I know many people will just tell me that site, but guys TRUST ME, I don't understand anything from that INSTALL help file.

1) Get the source and firmware.
2) Check for certain capabilities in your kernel, and rebuild the kernel
if necessary.
I think I won't find problems on that because it's only commads in Terminal which is quite simple.
3) Remove any old ieee80211 subsystem or Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG
Network Connection driver for Linux, and remove any kernel configurations
relating to them.
4) Build and install the current ieee80211 module.
5) Build and install the current Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network
Connection driver for Linux module (uses files from ieee80211 subsystem).

6) Download and install current firmware for your Intel PRO/Wireless
2915ABG Network Connection driver for Linux.

So please, I recomend from someone to write me the exact steps(1, 2, 3 etc..) to do because I'm really confused.

Thanks for your time and please spend some time telling me the steps

Last edited by ProRathack; 01-20-2008 at 07:03 PM.
Old 01-20-2008, 10:03 PM   #2
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First, try a live cd and see if it already works, it might. Try a live ubuntu cd, they have the largest variety of wireless just working out of the box.

I just did a little digging around, and it looks like knoppix had it working out of the box back in 2006, so I bet a recent distro will have it working. You might want to look into linuxmint. They throw all the restricted drivers right into the install for you. That would be my first stop. They even have a live cd, just in case you want to try before you commit.

Let us know if it worked....


P.S. I think your wireless will just work with fedora, as all the forum post I found were dealing with fedora 4 and 5, so I bet it'll just work now, but if it doesn't, I found some better directions for you here.....

Good luck....

P.P.S. Also, if knoppix works, you can install that right to your hard drive too.


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Old 01-22-2008, 05:34 AM   #3
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I really like Fedora, it was the first Distro that I got to work almost 100%(everything but the TV card)... I'd probably still be using it had I not found out how superior Debian/Ubuntu is.

That said, I think the suggestion to try an Ubuntu Live CD, is a good one.

I run Debian Etch on a couple of my slower machines, and Ubuntu on my speedier units, and I believe Ubuntu's hardware recognition is second to none. I personally don't have wireless yet, but my understanding is, Ubuntu has excellent recognition "out of the box" of Intel Wireless devices.

Old 01-23-2008, 10:45 PM   #4
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hi guys i have a dell inspiron 1520 and the bottom bar on the screen with the start menu and such always gets messed up after a while on my computer. Any suggestions please post


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