ipw2200 + Laptop + Hoary = Mess?

Dan Svarreby dan.svarreby at home.se
Fri May 27 12:18:19 UTC 2005

I have re-installed Hoary again (I've done it between 5-10 times now) 
and this is the situation right now:

During the installation of Hoary there's an option (Network 
Configuration) to choose the NIC that I'd like to use. There I choose 
Intel PRO 2200B/G (Wireless). I enter my ESSID and my WEP key... then it 
tries to get an IP-address (automatically by DHCP).

At this stage it fails to connect to my AP. I have tried every option 
there is (manually, automatically, with DHCP etc etc) ... still it 
does'nt work. I have another wireless card (PCMCIA: Prism54) that I've 
tested several times ... it also fails with that card.

My only option (obviously) left is to use my wired connection.

 From this point, when the installation is finished, Ubuntu did 
recognized my wireless card (Intel):


lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

eth1      unassociated  ESSID:off/any
          Mode:Managed  Channel=0  Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00
          Bit Rate=0 kb/s   Tx-Power=20 dBm
          RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          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

sit0      no wireless extensions.

... but Hoary managed to install the crappy drivers that ships with the 

dmesg | grep ipw
ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 0.19
ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2004 Intel Corporation
ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection

... well, I think I'll start with uninstalling these drivers first:

sudo sh ./remove-old
Above files found.  Remove? [y],n y

rm: cannot remove 
`/lib/modules/2.6.10-5-386/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ieee80211': Is a 
rm: cannot remove 
`/lib/modules/2.6.10-5-386/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2100': Is a 
rm: cannot remove 
`/lib/modules/2.6.10-5-386/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2200': Is a 
grep: /lib/modules/2.6.10-5-386/build/.config: No such file or directory
grep: /lib/modules/2.6.10-5-386/build/include/linux/autoconf.h: No such 
file or directory

... OK, I will skip this step and proceed with the installation:

make -C /lib/modules/2.6.10-5-386/build 
MODVERDIR=/home/dsvarreby/ipw2200-1.0.4 modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/lib/modules/2.6.10-5-386/build'
make[1]: *** No rule to make target `modules'.  Stop.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/lib/modules/2.6.10-5-386/build'
make: *** [modules] Error 2

PS!  I have D/L both the firmware and the drivers (2.3 & 1.0.4). The 
firmware is copied to it's location (according to the ipw2200 + WPA 
thread in the forum).
I have install both kernel-headers & build-essential packages.

It's nice to see that all of this mailing lists readers has succeeded in 
this but that does'nt help me at all. If everybody has got this NIC 
working it should be hundreds of people who could be at help .... 
(sorry, I'm pissed after having wasted all these days trying to get this 

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