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YakPak
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:03 am    Post subject: Installing wireless drivers Reply with quote

Hi, I'm a total gentoo, and indeed a total Linux, newbie. I'm trying to install gentoo on my ibm t43 laptop, but it doesn't seem to have the pw2200 (or something like that) driver. I found some online instruction on how to install this into gentoo but it wasnt especially clear. There were the actual device drivers and some tar files involved. Could someone explain how I can unpackage it and everything in excruciating detail with the commands I should use? It's hard to follow most guides because they assume basic knowledge of linux, Im not even sure how to access the cd-rom drive :(. Help!!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have a wired connection?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://sth.freeshell.org/t43-linux.html

This is a site that has specific information on your laptop for gentoo. It is somewhat technical but it looks like many of the components for you compiter work very well in linux and specifically gentoo. How far into the installation process are you (how far into the handbook are you)? Installing software is fairly easy in gentoo. For you wireless card:
Code:
# emerge ipw2200


This will go out to internet and download and the install all of the things that you will need. If you have no internet connection then you may need to grab the packages from the livecd or use your ethernet connection.

The link above should have the specific driver needed in the kernel configuration to make the ethernet connection work. Good luck. Reply if you have any other question. The handbook is very very useful but can be overwelhming at times if you haven't done this before. Its often a good idea to read ahead while you are waiting on your computer and look up information within the guide on something like wikipedia.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have this exact same wireless card. Getting it up and running isn't too bad.

All you really need to do is
Code:
 emerge ipw2200


Chances are it will tell you you need a certain cryptographic scheme enabled your kernel. You will have to recompile your kernel after you enable this (See Chapter 7 of the Handbook)

This time this should work
Code:
 emerge ipw2200


Your drivers should them be installed.

From that point you should be able to configure it either by editing the confs and using iwconfig or by using some graphical utility (I think GNOME and KDE each have one)

Post or PM me if you have any further questions.

Edit: Oh yea if your graphical confiuration program doesn't find it you may need to
Code:
 emerge wireless-tools

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo to Duplicate Threads.
See here: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-403995-highlight-ipw2200.html
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