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Hi all, brand new to Fedora, but keep to learn. I just dual booted my laptop dv9007tx with Vista and Fedora 6. I want to get my onboard wireless working ...
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    FC6 and wireless


    Hi all, brand new to Fedora, but keep to learn.

    I just dual booted my laptop dv9007tx with Vista and Fedora 6. I want to get my onboard wireless working which is a 3945abc card.
    I have been through hundreds of how to's that do nothing but point me to dodgy repos and get me to download files which dont end up working.

    I have downloaded a couple of ieee80211 tar files and ipw3945 tar files. Attempting to follow the install notes, i have not gotten far.

    I am not at my third hour and given up trying to install this alone.

    my wired networking is fine ,as i am posting this from my laptop on Fedora.

    I go through a wireless router which assigns my IP by static DHCP.

    Any help would be mostly welcome.

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    How far have you gotten then? And what errors do you get where you can't go further?
    Code:
    $ tar xzvf ipw3945-1.2.1.tgz
    $ cd ipw3945-1.2.1
    $ make
    $ wget http://bughost.org/ipw3945/ucode/ipw3945-ucode-1.14.2.tgz .
    $ DIR=$(sed -ne "s:^FIRMWARE_DIR=\([^, ]*\).*:\1:p" /etc/hotplug/firmware.agent)
    $ tar xzvf ipw3945-ucode-1.14.2.tgz 
    $ less ipw3945-ucode-1.14.2/LICENSE.ipw3945-ucode
    # cp ipw3945-ucode-1.14.2/ipw3945.ucode $DIR
    $ wget http://bughost.org/ipw3945/daemon/ipw3945d-1.7.22.tgz .
    $ tar xzvf ipw3945d-1.7.22.tgz
    $ less ipw3945d-1.7.22/LICENSE.ipw3945d
    # cp ipw3945d-1.7.22/x86/ipw3945d /sbin
    # ./load debug=0
    # iwconfig eth0
    For the commands with that has a '#' before them you will probably need root-permissions.

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    For Fedora 7, this post in Fedora Forum FedoraForum.org - Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG helped me big time. I followed the post to step 4, went to system services and enabled NetworkManager and NetworkManagerDispatch, rebooted and was in wireless land. Flawless!
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    Quote Originally Posted by glennzo View Post
    For Fedora 7, this post in Fedora Forum FedoraForum.org - Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG helped me big time. I followed the post to step 4, went to system services and enabled NetworkManager and NetworkManagerDispatch, rebooted and was in wireless land. Flawless!
    I tried what nalg0rath said to try first, but i stopped at the sed command

    Code:
    sed: can't read /etc/hotplug/firmware.agent: No such file or directory
    didnt know what to do from there.

    So after that failed i went to this link in my quote and tried one of the solutions posted, which was to install it through yum.

    this is what i got

    Code:
    [mrwasabi@localhost ipw3945-linux-1.2.0]$ sudo yum install ipw3945-kmdl-1.2.0-18.2.fc6.at
    Loading "installonlyn" plugin
    Setting up Install Process
    Setting up repositories
    Reading repository metadata in from local files
    Parsing package install arguments
    No Match for argument: ipw3945-kmdl-1.2.0-18.2.fc6.at
    Nothing to do
    [mrwasabi@localhost ipw3945-linux-1.2.0]$ sudo yum install ipw3945
    Loading "installonlyn" plugin
    Setting up Install Process
    Setting up repositories
    Reading repository metadata in from local files
    Parsing package install arguments
    Resolving Dependencies
    --> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
    ---> Downloading header for dkms-ipw3945 to pack into transaction set.
    dkms-ipw3945-1.2.1-1.noar 100% |=========================| 6.3 kB    00:00     
    ---> Package dkms-ipw3945.noarch 0:1.2.1-1 set to be updated
    --> Running transaction check
    --> Processing Dependency: gcc for package: dkms-ipw3945
    --> Processing Dependency: ipw3945d for package: dkms-ipw3945
    --> Processing Dependency: ipw3945-firmware for package: dkms-ipw3945
    --> Processing Dependency: dkms for package: dkms-ipw3945
    --> Restarting Dependency Resolution with new changes.
    --> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
    ---> Downloading header for ipw3945-firmware to pack into transaction set.
    ipw3945-firmware-1.14.2-1 100% |=========================| 2.6 kB    00:00     
    ---> Package ipw3945-firmware.noarch 0:1.14.2-1 set to be updated
    ---> Downloading header for ipw3945d to pack into transaction set.
    ipw3945d-1.7.22-4.i386.rp 100% |=========================| 3.8 kB    00:00     
    ---> Package ipw3945d.i386 0:1.7.22-4 set to be updated
    ---> Downloading header for dkms to pack into transaction set.
    dkms-2.0.13-1.fc6.noarch. 100% |=========================|  32 kB    00:01     
    ---> Package dkms.noarch 0:2.0.13-1.fc6 set to be updated
    ---> Downloading header for gcc to pack into transaction set.
    gcc-4.1.1-51.fc6.i386.rpm 100% |=========================|  59 kB    00:01     
    ---> Package gcc.i386 0:4.1.1-51.fc6 set to be updated
    --> Running transaction check
    --> Processing Dependency: glibc-devel >= 2.2.90-12 for package: gcc
    --> Processing Dependency: libgomp.so.1 for package: gcc
    --> Processing Dependency: libgcc >= 4.1.1-51.fc6 for package: gcc
    --> Processing Dependency: kernel-devel for package: dkms
    --> Processing Dependency: libgomp = 4.1.1-51.fc6 for package: gcc
    --> Processing Dependency: cpp = 4.1.1-51.fc6 for package: gcc
    --> Restarting Dependency Resolution with new changes.
    --> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
    ---> Downloading header for glibc-devel to pack into transaction set.
    glibc-devel-2.5-10.fc6.i3 100% |=========================| 105 kB    00:01     
    ---> Package glibc-devel.i386 0:2.5-10.fc6 set to be updated
    ---> Downloading header for libgomp to pack into transaction set.
    libgomp-4.1.1-51.fc6.i386 100% |=========================|  49 kB    00:00     
    ---> Package libgomp.i386 0:4.1.1-51.fc6 set to be updated
    ---> Downloading header for cpp to pack into transaction set.
    cpp-4.1.1-51.fc6.i386.rpm 100% |=========================|    0 B    00:30     
    http://fedora.omnispring.com/core/updates/6/i386/cpp-4.1.1-51.fc6.i386.rpm: [Errno 4] Socket Error: timed out
    Trying other mirror.
    cpp-4.1.1-51.fc6.i386.rpm 100% |=========================|  52 kB    00:01     
    ---> Package cpp.i386 0:4.1.1-51.fc6 set to be updated
    ---> Package libgcc.i386 0:4.1.1-51.fc6 set to be updated
    ---> Downloading header for kernel-devel to pack into transaction set.
    kernel-devel-2.6.20-1.295 100% |=========================| 736 kB    00:04     
    ---> Package kernel-devel.i686 0:2.6.20-1.2952.fc6 set to be installed
    --> Running transaction check
    --> Processing Dependency: glibc-headers = 2.5-10.fc6 for package: glibc-devel
    --> Processing Dependency: glibc-headers for package: glibc-devel
    --> Processing Dependency: glibc = 2.5-10.fc6 for package: glibc-devel
    --> Restarting Dependency Resolution with new changes.
    --> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
    ---> Package glibc.i686 0:2.5-10.fc6 set to be updated
    ---> Downloading header for glibc-headers to pack into transaction set.
    glibc-headers-2.5-10.fc6. 100% |=========================| 138 kB    00:02     
    ---> Package glibc-headers.i386 0:2.5-10.fc6 set to be updated
    --> Running transaction check
    --> Processing Dependency: glibc-common = 2.5-10.fc6 for package: glibc
    --> Restarting Dependency Resolution with new changes.
    --> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
    ---> Downloading header for glibc-common to pack into transaction set.
    glibc-common-2.5-10.fc6.i 100% |=========================| 716 kB    00:04     
    ---> Package glibc-common.i386 0:2.5-10.fc6 set to be updated
    --> Running transaction check
    
    Dependencies Resolved
    
    =============================================================================
     Package                 Arch       Version          Repository        Size 
    =============================================================================
    Installing:
     dkms-ipw3945            noarch     1.2.1-1          freshrpms         197 k
    Installing for dependencies:
     dkms                    noarch     2.0.13-1.fc6     extras             79 k
     gcc                     i386       4.1.1-51.fc6     updates           4.9 M
     glibc-devel             i386       2.5-10.fc6       updates           2.0 M
     glibc-headers           i386       2.5-10.fc6       updates           605 k
     ipw3945-firmware        noarch     1.14.2-1         freshrpms          66 k
     ipw3945d                i386       1.7.22-4         freshrpms          35 k
     kernel-devel            i686       2.6.20-1.2952.fc6  updates           4.8 M
     libgomp                 i386       4.1.1-51.fc6     updates            69 k
    Updating for dependencies:
     cpp                     i386       4.1.1-51.fc6     updates           2.6 M
     glibc                   i686       2.5-10.fc6       updates           5.1 M
     glibc-common            i386       2.5-10.fc6       updates            16 M
     libgcc                  i386       4.1.1-51.fc6     updates            81 k
    
    Transaction Summary
    =============================================================================
    Install      9 Package(s)         
    Update       4 Package(s)         
    Remove       0 Package(s)         
    
    Total download size: 36 M
    Is this ok [y/N]: y
    Downloading Packages:
    (1/13): glibc-2.5-10.fc6. 100% |=========================| 5.1 MB    00:20     
    (2/13): glibc-devel-2.5-1 100% |=========================| 2.0 MB    00:08     
    (3/13): glibc-headers-2.5 100% |=========================| 605 kB    00:11     
    (4/13): libgomp-4.1.1-51. 100% |=========================|  69 kB    00:01     
    (5/13): dkms-2.0.13-1.fc6 100% |=========================|  79 kB    00:02     
    (6/13): ipw3945d-1.7.22-4 100% |=========================|  35 kB    00:01     
    (7/13): glibc-common-2.5- 100% |=========================|  16 MB    01:16     
    (8/13): ipw3945-firmware- 100% |=========================|  66 kB    00:01     
    (9/13): cpp-4.1.1-51.fc6. 100% |=========================| 2.6 MB    00:13     
    (10/13): dkms-ipw3945-1.2 100% |=========================| 197 kB    00:04     
    (11/13): libgcc-4.1.1-51. 100% |=========================|  81 kB    00:01     
    (12/13): gcc-4.1.1-51.fc6 100% |=========================| 4.9 MB    00:18     
    (13/13): kernel-devel-2.6 100% |=========================| 4.8 MB    00:18     
    warning: rpmts_HdrFromFdno: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 1ac70ce6
    Importing GPG key 0x1AC70CE6 "Fedora Project <fedora-extras@fedoraproject.org>"
    Is this ok [y/N]: y
    warning: rpmts_HdrFromFdno: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID e42d547b
    Importing GPG key 0xE42D547B "Matthias Saou (Thias) <matthias.saou@est.une.marmotte.net>"
    Is this ok [y/N]: y
    Running Transaction Test
    Finished Transaction Test
    Transaction Test Succeeded
    Running Transaction
      Updating  : libgcc                       ####################### [ 1/17] 
      Updating  : glibc-common                 ####################### [ 2/17] 
      Updating  : glibc                                                [ 3/17]warning: /etc/localtime created as /etc/localtime.rpmnew
      Updating  : glibc                        ####################### [ 3/17] 
      Installing: ipw3945d                     ####################### [ 4/17] 
      Installing: ipw3945-firmware             ####################### [ 5/17] 
      Installing: glibc-headers                ####################### [ 6/17] 
      Installing: glibc-devel                  ####################### [ 7/17] 
      Installing: libgomp                      ####################### [ 8/17] 
      Updating  : cpp                          ####################### [ 9/17] 
      Installing: gcc                          ####################### [10/17] 
      Installing: kernel-devel                 ####################### [11/17] 
      Installing: dkms                         ####################### [12/17] 
      Installing: dkms-ipw3945                 ####################### [13/17] 
      Cleanup   : glibc                        ####################### [14/17]
      Cleanup   : glibc-common                 ####################### [15/17]
      Cleanup   : cpp                          ####################### [16/17]
      Cleanup   : libgcc                       ####################### [17/17]
    
    Installed: dkms-ipw3945.noarch 0:1.2.1-1
    Dependency Installed: dkms.noarch 0:2.0.13-1.fc6 gcc.i386 0:4.1.1-51.fc6 glibc-devel.i386 0:2.5-10.fc6 glibc-headers.i386 0:2.5-10.fc6 ipw3945-firmware.noarch 0:1.14.2-1 ipw3945d.i386 0:1.7.22-4 kernel-devel.i686 0:2.6.20-1.2952.fc6 libgomp.i386 0:4.1.1-51.fc6
    Dependency Updated: cpp.i386 0:4.1.1-51.fc6 glibc.i686 0:2.5-10.fc6 glibc-common.i386 0:2.5-10.fc6 libgcc.i386 0:4.1.1-51.fc6
    Complete!
    seems to have installed fine, however i have no idea what to do from now...

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    You should be able to go into the networking tool and set up a new wireless connection from there.
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    k im almost there...
    i can see my router, i have the network manager running and its giving me the option of either wired or wireless. when i select wireless it is asking me for the passkey which i type it.

    Pauses for a few minutes and comes back asking me for the key again. Ive tried several times and cant seem to get it to connect. I know the key is correct because it is a copy and paste from the router to the network manager.

    I have a 128bit WEP hex Open system key in the router and i make sure that those are the settings i set when i enter my key in the network manager.

    Ill try disabling security for troubleshooting purposes but i would much rather run with security enabled.

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    Well i got it working.

    For some reason disabling security did nothing. it still wouldnt lease me an IP address...

    So i turned it back on because my neighbour thought this would be a good time to connect to my net (saw a mac address in there which i didnt recognise)

    but this time i turned it on as a WEP 128 bit Ascii key as opposed to HEX.

    Asked me for the key again as i attempted to connect and it worked. Dont know why or how but its working.

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    Well guys its happened again. I had it working for a split momnet and after a reboot its stopped.

    it came back asking me for a keyring password, which for some reason i kept getting wrong, so i coulnt connect.

    I removed all keyrings and started fresh, but now all i get in the network manager is my wired network and wireless. I click on wireless and it asks me for the security key which i enter correctly.

    After a few moments of nothing, it asks me again to enter my security key... another few moments of nothing and the same thing.... then it fails and defaults to my wired network.

    If i dont have wired plugged in then it just disconnects me all together.

    ive changed the settings on the router to have no security, and it still asks me for a key. ive removed and setup the network several times. Dont know what could be causing this...

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