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Re: Intel ipw2200 firmware strangeness

Alexandre Rossi wrote:

> Kernel 2.6.14 includes an old version (1.0.0) of the ipw2200 driver
> that searches for the 2.2 version of the firmware. Either use the
> external module or 2.6.15-rc2 if you want a new version of the driver
> (and WPA-PSK encryption for example).
>> So my question is; where should i put the firmware so that hotplug can
>> load it properly?
> I put it in /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware/ as said in the installation
> guide[1] and it works ok (I use Debian). Check your hotplug scripts.
> But anyway, doesn't ubuntu 5.10 support this wireless card out of the
> box? A friend of mine told me he had Wifi connectivity during the
> installation process...
Yes, indeed it does.  I asked once why one needed to compile firmware for
the ipw2200 because mine seemed to be working fine, and got no answer that
made much sense to me.  Now that I know much more about both the ipw _and_
Ubuntu, I know that it's because it's included with the kernel.

It might be worth trying, even if you want to stick with Debian, installing
a stock Ubuntu kernel (they don't have 2.6.14 yet) from the apt source:
  deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu breezy main restricted


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