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Dear Colleagues, I have installed an ubuntu 9.04 on an old laptop owned my brother since his xp is screwed up and I suggested he try linux. Since he was ...
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    Cannot Enable Wireless on Old Laptop


    Dear Colleagues,

    I have installed an ubuntu 9.04 on an old laptop owned my brother since his xp is screwed up and I suggested he try linux. Since he was quite frustrated with his xp, he decided to give it a try. I was able to succesfuly install Ubuntu 9.04. Got the movie player & cd player working. Youtube is doing fine, after several trys to install the adobe flash player. However, I can't get the wireless internet to detect the connection. I will be providing some infos below and I hope these can help analyze my problem. Thanks in advance!

    nujinini

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    lvmq@lvmq-laptop:~$ lspci -knn
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller [8086:2590] (rev 04)
    	Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
    	Kernel modules: intel-agp
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller [8086:2592] (rev 04)
    	Kernel modules: intelfb
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller [8086:2792] (rev 04)
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller [8086:2668] (rev 04)
    	Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
    	Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 [8086:2658] (rev 04)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 [8086:2659] (rev 04)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 [8086:265a] (rev 04)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.3 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 [8086:265b] (rev 04)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:265c] (rev 04)
    	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev d4)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:2641] (rev 04)
    	Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt, intel-rng
    00:1f.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) IDE Controller [8086:266f] (rev 04)
    	Kernel driver in use: ata_piix
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:266a] (rev 04)
    	Kernel modules: i2c-i801
    06:02.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
    	Kernel driver in use: 8139too
    	Kernel modules: 8139too, 8139cp
    06:06.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection [8086:4220] (rev 05)
    	Kernel driver in use: ipw2200
    	Kernel modules: ipw2200
    06:09.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II [1180:0476] (rev b3)
    	Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
    	Kernel modules: yenta_socket
    06:09.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C552 IEEE 1394 Controller [1180:0552] (rev 08)
    	Kernel driver in use: ohci1394
    	Kernel modules: firewire-ohci, ohci1394
    06:09.2 SD Host controller [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter [1180:0822] (rev 17)
    	Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
    	Kernel modules: sdhci-pci
    06:09.3 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter [1180:0592] (rev 08)
    06:09.4 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller [1180:0852] (rev 03)
    lvmq@lvmq-laptop:~$ 
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    lvmq@lvmq-laptop:~$ lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    i915                   65668  2 
    drm                    96296  3 i915
    ppdev                  15620  0 
    bridge                 56340  0 
    stp                    10500  1 bridge
    bnep                   20224  2 
    input_polldev          11912  0 
    sbp2                   30476  0 
    lp                     17156  0 
    parport                42220  2 ppdev,lp
    snd_hda_intel         434100  3 
    snd_pcm_oss            46336  0 
    snd_mixer_oss          22656  1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm                82948  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq_dummy          10756  0 
    snd_seq_oss            37760  0 
    pcmcia                 44748  0 
    snd_seq_midi           14336  0 
    snd_rawmidi            29696  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event     15104  2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                56880  6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer              29704  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device         14988  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    iTCO_wdt               19108  0 
    iTCO_vendor_support    11652  1 iTCO_wdt
    psmouse                61972  0 
    yenta_socket           32396  1 
    rsrc_nonstatic         19328  1 yenta_socket
    snd                    62628  15 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    soundcore              15200  1 snd
    ipw2200               150984  0 
    pcspkr                 10496  0 
    video                  25360  0 
    sdhci_pci              15232  0 
    sdhci                  23940  1 sdhci_pci
    serio_raw              13316  0 
    pcmcia_core            43540  3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic
    snd_page_alloc         16904  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    joydev                 18368  0 
    ieee80211              38344  1 ipw2200
    ieee80211_crypt        13444  1 ieee80211
    output                 11008  1 video
    intel_agp              34108  1 
    agpgart                42696  3 drm,intel_agp
    usbhid                 42336  0 
    ohci1394               38576  0 
    ieee1394               94660  2 sbp2,ohci1394
    8139too                32128  0 
    8139cp                 27776  0 
    mii                    13312  2 8139too,8139cp
    fbcon                  46112  0 
    tileblit               10752  1 fbcon
    font                   16384  1 fbcon
    bitblit                13824  1 fbcon
    softcursor              9984  1 bitblit
    lvmq@lvmq-laptop:~$ 
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    lvmq@lvmq-laptop:~$ uname -r
    2.6.28-13-generic
    lvmq@lvmq-laptop:~$ 

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    you've got the "ipw2200" module installed, but
    how about the firmware?

    Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Driver Firmware

    instructions at

    Ipw2200 - ThinkWiki
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    Ubuntu 9.04 should include the firmware for this card.

    You can check if the firmware is loading, though, with
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    dmesg | grep firmware
    If you don't get a message indicating the firmware is failing to load, that shouldn't be the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    Ubuntu 9.04 should include the firmware for this card.

    You can check if the firmware is loading, though, with
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    dmesg | grep firmware
    If you don't get a message indicating the firmware is failing to load, that shouldn't be the problem.
    Hello,

    I tried to run the command and this is what I got.

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    lvmq@lvmq-laptop:~$ dmesg | grep firmware
    [   17.516921] ipw2200 0000:06:06.0: firmware: requesting ipw2200-bss.fw
    lvmq@lvmq-laptop:~$ 
    What do you think is my next step please?

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    Hello again everybody,

    Just want to let you know that I was able to switch on the wireless of the old laptop using ubuntu 9.04.

    Thanks to all!

    nujinini

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    Care to post what you did to help others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    Care to post what you did to help others?
    Hello everybody,

    I wanted to post at once last night but I was still trying to figure out what happened.
    Anyway it could have been one of these two:

    1) System>Admin>Hardware Drivers> Enable Proprietary Drivers

    2) I edited old kernel and removed all the obsoletes.

    Hope this helps.

    nujinini

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