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Re: Help needed in getting WiFi working with Debian

On Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 10:27 PM, Foss User <fossist@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 10:24 PM, Tim Tebbit <ttebbit@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Foss User wrote:
>>>>> Please help me to get wireless working with Debian (recentmost Squeeze).
>>>> What is the output of ifconfig wlan0?
>>> # ifconfig wlan0
>>> wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1f:3c:6b:d5:62
>>>           BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
>>>           RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
>>>           TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
>>>           collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
>>>           RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
>> Is this implying that you do indeed already have the firmware package
>> installed and you still can not connect?
> I just checked that I don't have the firmware-iwlwifi package
> installed. I'll be installing it now. But without the firmware
> package, why do I get an output for ifconfig wlan0? Is it because of
> some other firmware package being installed? Can I verify this
> somehow?

Some more outputs.

# aptitude search iwlwifi
p   firmware-iwlwifi
     - Binary firmware for Intel Wireless 3945, 4965 and 5000-series

# modinfo iwl3945

firmware:       iwlwifi-3945-2.ucode
license:        GPL
author:         Copyright(c) 2003-2009 Intel Corporation <ilw@linux.intel.com>
version:        1.2.26ks
description:    Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG/BG Network Connection
driver for L
srcversion:     444238A1200E1A47282C1D1
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004227sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004222sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004227sv*sd00001014bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004222sv*sd00001044bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004222sv*sd00001034bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004222sv*sd00001005bc*sc*i*
depends:        mac80211,iwlcore,led-class,cfg80211
vermagic:       2.6.30-2-amd64 SMP mod_unload modversions
parm:           antenna:select antenna (1=Main, 2=Aux, default 0 [both]) (int)
parm:           disable:manually disable the radio (default 0 [radio on]) (int)
parm:           swcrypto:using software crypto (default 1 [software])
parm:           debug:debug output mask (uint)
parm:           disable_hw_scan:disable hardware scanning (default 0) (int)
parm:           queues_num:number of hw queues. (int)
parm:           fw_restart3945:restart firmware in case of error (int)

# dpkg -S iwl3945

How is it that modinfo iwl3945 is giving me output when I don't have
the firmware installed?

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