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Hello world! I've an ibm t43 laptop with ipw2915abg wireless network card. I'm running FC5 with kernel 2.6.16-1.2096_FC5. I've downloaded the latest firmware, ipw and ieee80211 drivers from the links ...
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    ipw2200 drivers


    Hello world!

    I've an ibm t43 laptop with ipw2915abg wireless network card.
    I'm running FC5 with kernel 2.6.16-1.2096_FC5.

    I've downloaded the latest firmware, ipw and ieee80211 drivers from the links provided by
    http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net

    I've followed the instructions ( uninstalled the old modules and installed everithing in the right order ) . I didn't have any error whatsoever compiling or modprobing the drivers. dmsg doesn't report any errors.
    Indeed if I use NetworkManager everything runs smoothly.

    The problem comes when I try to use the wireless extension tools ( v19 )

    I run
    ( script provided by ipw drivers that unload an reload a bunch of stuff )
    [root@localhost ipw2200-1.1.2]# . load
    Unloaded: ipw2200 ieee80211 ieee80211_crypt_tkip ieee80211_crypt_ccmp ieee80211_crypt_wep ieee80211_crypt
    Loaded: ieee80211_crypt ieee80211_crypt_wep ieee80211_crypt_tkip ieee80211_crypt_ccmp ieee80211 ipw2200

    [root-localhost ipw2200-1.1.2]# iwconfig eth1 channel 11
    [root-localhost ipw2200-1.1.2]# iwconfig eth1 key off
    [root-localhost ipw2200-1.1.2]# iwconfig eth1 essid "xxxxxxxxxxx"
    [root-localhost ipw2200-1.1.2]# ifconfig eth1 up
    [root-localhost ipw2200-1.1.2]# iwconfig
    ...
    eth1 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"xxxxxxxxxx" Nickname:"lappy"
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: 00:11:50:xx:xx:xx
    Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm Sensitivity=8/0
    Retry limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
    Encryption key:off
    Power Management:off
    Link Quality=64/100 Signal level=-62 dBm Noise level=-86 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:75 Missed beacon:6


    but when I run
    [root-localhost ipw2200-1.1.2]# ping 192.168.2.101
    connect: Network is unreachable

    whatever i try to ping i get the same answer.

    am I forgetting something here?

    any help much appreciated

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    what is the output of
    Code:
    ifconfig eth0
    if there is no output then you havent started the interface try
    Code:
    ifconfig eth0 up xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
    x's being the IP address you want to assign it or if dhcp then do this
    Code:
    ifconfig eth0 dhcp
    i think... ^^^ for the dhcp one

    iwconfig config's the radio side of the wireless nic whereis ifconfig configs the interface(there are 2 parts to a wireless nic)
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    that drivers are too old

    download the new one from this location

    http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Downloads

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    Take a look at those instructions:
    http://www.ces.clemson.edu/linux/fc2-ipw2200.shtml

    They are specifically made for Fedora Core 5 on an IBM Thinkpad T42.

    Plus you can use NetworkManager to connect:
    http://www.ces.clemson.edu/linux/nm.shtml
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    Quote Originally Posted by vradovic
    that drivers are too old

    download the new one from this location

    http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Downloads
    Those drivers are NOT made for the intel IPW2200 card.

    IPW2200 are to be found at http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/, just like you said in your first post (larry_zsh).
    "To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the 'old', you derive security; from the 'new', you gain the flow."

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    Thx guys

    loft306, I've tried:
    Code:
    dhclient eth1
    but inspecting /var/log/messages it looks like it is not able to aquire an IP address.

    antidrugue, I'll have a look at these instructions as soon as i get home tonight, maybe there is a clue there:
    http://www.ces.clemson.edu/linux/fc2-ipw2200.shtml
    However I saw they use rpms while I'd prefer to compile the suff myself because you are more likely to get newer versions

    thx to everybody has tried to help out
    larry_zsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by antidrugue
    Take a look at those instructions:
    http://www.ces.clemson.edu/linux/fc2-ipw2200.shtml
    ....
    thx antidrugue, the link was particulary useful: it reports a couple of steps that are not described in the drivers installation instructions (possibly because it is specific for FC5).
    Now dhpclient is able to get an IP and everything works fine.

    Thank you
    -larry_zsh

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