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Old 01-08-2005, 10:12 AM   #1
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trouble configuring ipw2200 wireless network card


Hi all,

I tried posting this in the wireless networking forum but haven't recieved any responses after four days and being keen to resolve the problem thought I'd try posting here. Anye help would be most appreciated

I'm having trouble configuring the wireless network card on a Dell Latitude X300.

I've followed various guides (see list below) to install and configure and am using slackware 9.1.

Guides used....

http://jrv.oddones.org/x300.html
http://pof.eslack.org/blog/2004/01/06/40/
http://jpjorda.club.fr/x300.html
http://www.cavecanen.org/linux/x300/index.shtml

I opted to try using the ipw2200 drivers and obtained the latest files from http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/ followed the instructions (placed firmware drivers in hotplug directory, compiled drivers etc. etc.) and recompiled a fresh 2.6.9 kernel with the relevant modifications as described. I installed the latest wireless tools so that I could configure the network card as well.

But the card is still not detected....

$ iwconfig
eth0 no wireless extensions.

lo no wireless extensions.

Nor does it appear under ifconfig...

$ ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0F:1F:43:6B:43
inet addr:***.***.***.*** Bcast:***.***.*.*** Mask:***.***.***.*
UP BROADCAST NOTRAILERS RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:1897 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:2225 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:1099873 (1.0 Mb) TX bytes:295933 (288.9 Kb)
Interrupt:11

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:200 (200.0 b) TX bytes:200 (200.0 b)


I'm not sure even if the hardware is even being detected as I can't determine from lspci what it is from the following

$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp.: Unknown device 3580 (rev 02)
00:00.1 System peripheral: Intel Corp.: Unknown device 3584 (rev 02)
00:00.3 System peripheral: Intel Corp.: Unknown device 3585 (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corp.: Unknown device 3582 (rev 02)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corp.: Unknown device 3582 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #1) (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #2) (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #3) (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BAM/CAM PCI Bridge (rev 81)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp.: Unknown device 24cc (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp.: Unknown device 24ca (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801DB SMBus (rev 01)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB AC'97 Audio (rev 01)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. 82801DB AC'97 Modem (rev 01)
02:03.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ac)
02:03.1 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ac)
02:03.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C552 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 04)
02:04.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation: Unknown device 4320 (rev 03)
02:05.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5705M Gigabit Ethernet (rev 01)

I think its the Unknown device 4320 as the NetXtreme is the cable network card I'm using at the moment. The detailed output from lspci for this item is...

$ lspci -v | grep -A4 '02:04.0'
02:04.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation: Unknown device 4320 (rev 03)
Subsystem: Dell Computer Corporation: Unknown device 0003
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 5
Memory at e0210000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]


Can anyone suggest what I can try to get this thing working?

Please let me know if any more information is required,

Thanks in advance,

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Old 01-08-2005, 11:28 AM   #2
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i would start by finding out for sure what kind of card it is. not just the model but the revision number. then see if it is even supported in linux. i had a card that i thought was, but because the revision had changed it had a whole different chip set inside. so i now run it with ndiswrapper and use the windows driver.
 
Old 01-09-2005, 03:23 AM   #3
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ipw2200 is for intel wireless cards -- It may support broadcom as well, but I think the better bet would be to go with ndispwrapper.sourceforge.net

--Shade
 
Old 01-10-2005, 09:16 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tips, it would appear I had made the erroneous assumption that the comp I had been supplied with had the advertised ipw2200 network card.

After checking under windoze it appears that it actually has a broadcom card.

I'm going to follow the instructions detailed

http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/sh...hp?product=856

to install the windoze driver using the ndiswrapper.

Fingers crossed it'll work.

Thanks for the tips, just goes to show not to trust companies to put inside the box what they say the will.

Bye for now,

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Old 01-10-2005, 10:45 AM   #5
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Well your first tip should have been the lspci that you posted...

Code:
02:04.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation: Unknown device 4320 (rev 03)
02:05.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5705M Gigabit Ethernet (rev 01)
Ndiswrapper should work fine for you, and it's a very simple install

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Old 01-10-2005, 10:55 AM   #6
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yeah but I just thought that the "Unknown Device" was something else not being detected, and assumed that I had recieved the same hardware as all of the guides I listed at the top.

Anyhow, at least I've lived and learned. Gonna try ndiswrapper setup on the way home from work later.

Thanks again for the help :-)

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