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    Live DVD And Drivers


    Hello,
    Using a Live DVD (Backtrack5) I am not able to connect to the internet. Based on what I have read, a driver for the wireless card might need to be installed. I have downloaded the driver (iwlwifi-2000-ucode-18.168.6.1.tgz) with Windows.

    What is the procedure for installing the driver?

    Any help appreciated.

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    Copy the file to a USB thumb drive from Windows, boot the live DVD, install the thumb drive (it should auto-mount), and unpack and install it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubberman View Post
    Copy the file to a USB thumb drive from Windows, boot the live DVD, install the thumb drive (it should auto-mount), and unpack and install it.


    Thank you Rubberman. I have little experience with Linux. Can you tell me what are the commands to unpack and install?

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    Copy the file to some directory such as /tmp and then run the command "tar -zxvf iwlwifi-2000-ucode-18.168.6.1.tgz". That should unpack it and create a directory like (more or less) "iwlwifi-2000-ucode-18.168.6.1". Go into that directory and see if it has an executable file called "configure". Let us know whether it does or not, because what you do next depends upon that. There should also be a README file of some sort that you will want to view.
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    Thank you.

    The directory that was created by following your instructions contains 3 files:

    iwlwifi-2000-ucode-18.168.6.1

    LICENSE.iwlwifi-2000-ucode

    README.iwlwifi-2000-ucode


    The contents of the README file is:

    Intel Wireless WiFi Link 2200 BGN Adapter
    Copyright (C) 2006-2012 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Microcode Package README.iwlwifi-2000-ucode

    INDEX

    1. OVERVIEW
    2. INSTALLATION
    3. LICENSE


    1. OVERVIEW

    The file iwlwifi-2000-6.ucode provided in this package must be
    present on your system in order for the Intel Wireless WiFi Link
    AGN driver for Linux (iwlagn) to operate on your system.

    The "-6" in the filename reflects an interface/architecture version number.
    It will change only when changes in new uCode releases make the new uCode
    incompatible with earlier drivers.

    On adapter initialization, and at varying times during the uptime of
    the adapter, the microcode is loaded into the memory on the network
    adapter. The microcode provides the low level MAC features including
    radio control and high precision timing events (backoff, transmit,
    etc.) while also providing varying levels of packet filtering which can
    be used to keep the host from having to handle packets that are not of
    interest given the current operating mode of the device.

    2. INSTALLATION

    The iwlagn driver will look for the file iwlwifi-2000-6.ucode using the
    kernel's firmware_class infrastructure. More information can be found under
    Documentation/firmware_class in kernel source. In order to function
    correctly, you need to have this support enabled in your kernel. When
    you configure the kernel, you can find this option in the following
    location:

    Device Drivers ->
    Generic Driver Options ->
    Userspace firmware loading support


    You can determine if your kernel currently has firmware loader support
    by looking for the CONFIG_FW_LOADER definition on your kernel's
    .config.

    In addition to having the firmware_class support in your kernel, you
    must also have a working udev and uevent infrastructure configured.
    The steps for installing and configuring udev are very
    distribution specific.

    Once you have the firmware loader in place (or if you aren't sure and
    you just want to try things to see if it works), you need to install
    the microcode file into the appropriate location.

    Where that appropriate location is depends (again) on your system
    distribution. You can typically find this location by looking in the
    udev scripts of your distro, the default is /lib/firmware.

    Installation of the firmware is simply:

    % cp iwlwifi-2000-6.ucode /lib/firmware

    You can now load the driver (see the INSTALL and README.iwlwifi provided with
    the iwlwifi package for information on building and using that driver.)

    3. LICENSE

    The microcode in this package (iwlwifi-2000-6.ucode) is provided under the
    terms of the following license (available in the file
    LICENSE.iwlwifi-2000-ucode):

    Copyright (c) 2006-2012, Intel Corporation.
    All rights reserved.

    Redistribution. Redistribution and use in binary form, without
    modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are
    met:

    * Redistributions must reproduce the above copyright notice and the
    following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials
    provided with the distribution.
    * Neither the name of Intel Corporation nor the names of its suppliers
    may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software
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    * No reverse engineering, decompilation, or disassembly of this software
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    Limited patent license. Intel Corporation grants a world-wide,
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    This means that you only got the firmware. You also need to get the driver package.
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    I have been back to the Intel website and it gives this info:

    Linux drivers
    The Linux drivers are part of the upstream Linux kernel, and are available through the regular channels, distributions or The Linux Kernel Archives.

    Intel supports use of the drivers only in the kernel version the driver was a part of. Contact Intel at Email Technical Support. Chat and phone support is not available. See the table for the list of supported devices. Intel does not support older devices, but these devices can still work, and can be supported in the Community
    (You are only allowed to post URLs (http, ftp, @) to other sites after you have made 15 posts or more.) backtrack-linux.org/forums/showthread.php?t=50808 That is a link to the topic that I read before making my first post here.

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    Intel has always been pretty quickly responsive about this sort of stuff for me, so you might want to try tech support chat via their web site support pages.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
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