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I am a complete Linux noob loving my pclinuxos and everything worked out of the box except my wireless. I am using a Gateway M 6843 laptop through a D-Link ...
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    Help with pclinuxos 2009 wireless


    I am a complete Linux noob loving my pclinuxos and everything worked out of the box except my wireless.
    I am using a Gateway M 6843 laptop through a D-Link Dl-614+ router, dual booting with Vista which works wireless. Linux recognizes my card, allows me to set it up, tells me it's working, but isn't.
    [jdover@localhost ~]$ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
    00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
    00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
    00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
    02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)
    06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 01)

    Thanks for any help

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    This is your wireless card:
    Code:
    02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)
    It is well supported in Linux. To determine why it isn't working will require more information. Please read through the post linked to below, and provide ALL of the information that it tells how to find. Make sure that you include the results of the firmware query.

    Wireless Setup - Start Here
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    Thanks waterhead

    lsmod:
    Module Size Used by
    i915 29184 2
    drm 73960 3 i915
    fuse 48956 1
    af_packet 16192 2
    sbs 11208 0
    sbshc 5280 1 sbs
    fan 4260 0
    container 3488 0
    binfmt_misc 8488 1
    loop 14188 0
    dm_mirror 17216 0
    dm_log 9604 1 dm_mirror
    dm_mod 49668 2 dm_mirror,dm_log
    cpufreq_ondemand 7020 0
    cpufreq_conservative 6472 0
    cpufreq_powersave 1952 0
    acpi_cpufreq 7116 1
    freq_table 4576 2 cpufreq_ondemand,acpi_cpufreq
    nvram 7788 0
    amd64_agp 9540 0
    mmc_block 9796 0
    sdhci 14788 0
    mmc_core 43420 2 mmc_block,sdhci
    8250_pci 23776 0
    ohci1394 29360 0
    ieee1394 84728 1 ohci1394
    bttv 160404 0
    ir_common 40196 1 bttv
    i2c_algo_bit 6020 1 bttv
    v4l2_common 11392 1 bttv
    videobuf_dma_sg 11812 1 bttv
    videobuf_core 17284 2 bttv,videobuf_dma_sg
    btcx_risc 4648 1 bttv
    tveeprom 12260 1 bttv
    yenta_socket 22956 0
    rsrc_nonstatic 11616 1 yenta_socket
    pcmcia_core 35764 2 yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic
    snd_hda_intel 360684 1
    snd_hwdep 6980 1 snd_hda_intel
    snd_seq_dummy 2852 0
    uvcvideo 53864 0
    arc4 1920 2
    snd_seq_oss 29024 0
    compat_ioctl32 1344 2 bttv,uvcvideo
    usbhid 41312 0
    videodev 30240 2 bttv,uvcvideo
    ecb 2816 2
    crypto_blkcipher 16740 1 ecb
    snd_seq_midi_event 7104 1 snd_seq_oss
    v4l1_compat 14404 2 uvcvideo,videodev
    snd_seq 48240 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
    video 16560 0
    ff_memless 4968 1 usbhid
    snd_seq_device 7212 3 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
    output 3104 1 video
    rtc_cmos 9376 0
    rtc_core 14620 1 rtc_cmos
    hid 33028 1 usbhid
    iwl3945 84472 0
    thermal 15260 0
    rtc_lib 3104 1 rtc_core
    snd_pcm_oss 36800 0
    wmi 6568 0
    battery 10308 0
    button 6224 0
    snd_pcm 70660 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss
    processor 32544 4 acpi_cpufreq,thermal
    i2c_i801 8656 0
    ac 4292 0
    snd_timer 20168 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
    i2c_core 22196 5 bttv,i2c_algo_bit,v4l2_common,tveeprom,i2c_i801
    rfkill 8920 2 iwl3945
    snd_page_alloc 8456 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    iTCO_wdt 10208 0
    r8169 26692 0
    snd_mixer_oss 14048 1 snd_pcm_oss
    firmware_class 7296 2 bttv,iwl3945
    intel_agp 24676 1
    snd 51812 11 snd_hda_intel,snd_hwdep,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_se q_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_pcm,snd_timer,snd_mixer_o ss
    mac80211 129300 1 iwl3945
    joydev 9280 0
    agpgart 31560 4 drm,amd64_agp,intel_agp
    ide_cd_mod 22820 0
    led_class 4132 1 iwl3945
    soundcore 7072 1 snd
    wacom 16960 0
    serio_raw 5316 0
    cdrom 34560 1 ide_cd_mod
    evdev 9056 10
    sg 30260 0
    cfg80211 24328 2 iwl3945,mac80211
    usb_storage 83968 0
    ata_piix 16420 0
    ahci 25224 3
    libata 159040 2 ata_piix,ahci
    sd_mod 25752 4
    scsi_mod 141228 4 sg,usb_storage,libata,sd_mod
    ext3 120552 2
    jbd 41940 1 ext3
    uhci_hcd 21260 0
    ohci_hcd 20996 0
    ehci_hcd 32492 0
    usbcore 129328 8 uvcvideo,usbhid,wacom,usb_storage,uhci_hcd,ohci_hc d,ehci_hcd
    [jdover@localhost ~]$

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    Sorry waterhead, it wouldn't let me post all together.

    [jdover@localhost ~]$ dmesg | grep firmware
    firmware: requesting iwlwifi-3945-1.ucode
    [jdover@localhost ~]$ uname -r
    2.6.26.8.tex3
    [jdover@localhost ~]$

    dmesg generates a lot of information. I am going through it to see if I can identify any relevant wireless messages.

    Thanks again

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    It is requesting this specific firmware.
    Code:
    firmware: requesting iwlwifi-3945-1.ucode
    You should check in the /lib/firmware/<kernel version> folder, to see if you have it. If not, you have to download it from the Intel web site.
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    It is there.

    John

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    In dmesg I don't see any error messages except it also shows:
    firmware: requesting iwlwifi-3945-1.ucode
    even though it's in the firmware folder?

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    That is just a message saying what it is doing. If it couldn't locate the correct firmware, there would usually be an error message after that one. Since the driver is loaded (iwl3945) and you have the correct firmware, then this isn't the problem.

    There is one other thing to check. If there is a on/off switch or key combination for the wireless, make sure that you have it on. If this is the problem, there should be a message about it in dmesg. It may be referred to as rfkill or rf_kill.

    If that isn't the problem either, then you may just need specific setup and connection directions for PCLinux. I have never used PCLinux, so I can't offer any help with that.

    At least you can be certain that the wireless is recognized, and the driver is loading. Post the output of this command. It will show any wireless devices.
    Code:
    iwconfig
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    Thanks again Paul,
    The on/off switch is on and I have followed specific PCLinux setup and connection directions and it recognises the connection, shows the strength, congratulates me on the connection, but no connection.

    [jdover@localhost ~]$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11abg ESSID:"28650"
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=15 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    Power Management:off
    Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    [jdover@localhost ~]$

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    Since I don't have any other suggestions, I am going to recommend installing Wicd. It is strictly a wireless connection manager, and can handle all types of encryption. I have used it on Red Hat, and loved it.

    wicd - home

    You may need to install it from source. You also may need to disable any wireless connection manager that PCLinucOS has.
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