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  1. #1

    Wireless Connection setup on a Compaq NX6110 with Intel 2200BG

    Hello, I am a linux beginner trying to setup my wireless connection on an HP Compaq NX6110 with linux kernel 3.2.0-126-generic-pae.

    lspci -knn shows
    02:04.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection [8086:4220] (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company nc6120/nx8220/nw8240 [103c:12f6]
    	Kernel modules: ipw2200
    other devices show "kernel driver in use xxxx", this one doesn't.

    lsmod | grep ipw2200 shows
    ipw2200               146241  0 
    libipw                 46732  1 ipw2200
    cfg80211              178877  2 ipw2200,libipw
    lib80211               14040  2 ipw2200,libipw
    ifconfig shows
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr xxxxxx  
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
    iwconfig shows
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    dmesg | grep ipw2200 shows
    [ 1378.298627] ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.2.2kmprq
    [ 1378.298631] ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
    [ 1378.298791] ipw2200 0000:02:04.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 21
    [ 1378.298837] ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
    [ 1378.805795] ipw2200: wait for reg master disabled failed after 500ms
    [ 1378.846850] ipw2200: dmaWaitSync Failed
    [ 1378.849626] ipw2200: Unable to load boot firmware: -1
    [ 1378.849668] ipw2200: Unable to load firmware: -1
    [ 1378.849674] ipw2200: failed to register network device
    [ 1378.849726] ipw2200 0000:02:04.0: PCI INT A disabled
    [ 1378.849800] ipw2200: probe of 0000:02:04.0 failed with error -5
    From what I have read, the driver should already be installed in a kernel of this version. I downloaded the firmware ver 3.1, extracted it to /lib/firmware and restarted but nothing seemed to happen.

    Your advice please,

  2. #2
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    Try grepping dmesg for firmware, it may be looking for it in a subdirectory.

    Edit: Linux Kernel Driver DataBase: CONFIG_IWLWIFI: Intel Wireless WiFi Next Gen AGN - Wireless-N/Advanced-N/Ultimate-N (iwlwifi)

    Unless your kernel has backported driver it was included in 3.17 first.

  3. #3
    I have installed an older distribution of elementary OS, so the kernel is not backported if I understand the term correctly, just old.
    lsmod shows
    ipw2200 used by 0
    That means it has the driver installed but it is not linked to any device?
    Where do I find this driver if I need it? All the pages I have visited point to that ipw2200 sourceforge page which doesn't offer a download.

    dmesg | grep firmware just shows
    ipw2200: Unable to load boot firmware: -1 
    ipw2200: Unable to load firmware: -1
    Can I see where does it look for the firmware in another way?


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