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Old 03-29-2006, 01:34 PM   #1
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Unhappy SUSE 10 and Intel 2200BG Wireless

Hi there, i'm new to linux and i can't setup my wireless card.
I want to learn more about linux, but i won't learn anything jumping to windows everytime i need the internet. :|
Please help.
Old 03-29-2006, 05:44 PM   #2
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Have you tried a basic Internet search for information? A search of previous posts here or browsed the wireless specific forum at > Forums > Linux > Linux - Networking > Linux - Wireless Networking?
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Yes, i tried, i crossed some tutorials and stuff, but still doesn't work, well, i'll keep on searching...
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I don't run Suse but have the same wireless card. I've set it up any number of times in different distros and kernels and it can be a pain.

My best advice is to download the latest ipw2200, ieee80211, and ipw2x00 firmware from sourceforge - or the Intel site - and follow the instructions EXACTLY. EXCEPT... the instructions for installing the ieee80211 module never tell you to "make install" after "make." You need to do that.

In fact there are a few little eccentricities I've discovered in the directions so let me walk you through those...

First, you need to start installing ipw2200 first. This is odd but it will ask you to run the command ". remove-old" and if you have installed ieee80211 first it will remove it and you are hosed. So go into the directory where you have ipw2200 untarred and follow the "INSTALL" directions up through ". remove-old." Then leave that directory and enter the folder where you have untarred ieee80211 and follow the directions exactly until just after you run "make." Then run "make install."

You then go back to the ipw2200 folder and run "./configure" then "make" and then "make install." This should all go fine at this point. If it doesn't usually it will tell you why (generally it is because it can't find some part of ieee80211 and you need to tell it where to find it - but I don't expect you'll have any problem).

Then scroll down in the "INSTALL" file for ipw2200 and find where it tells you to copy your ipw2x200 files to. Copy them there.

Then, as root (you'll have needed to be root a few times to run "make install"), type "modprobe ieee80211" and "modprobe ipw2200".

It really should work at that point. I've had limited success just downloading the source from Synaptic and/or using module-assistant. Really you just need to compile the damn thing yourself. It isn't too bad once you've done it once. The whole thing takes me about two minutes these days each time I compile a new kernel or something.

If that doesn't help then come back and I'll see if I can help.


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