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Thinkpad R50e Wireless Card with Debian Etch 4.0

21 Apr, 2007

To setup wireless networking I installed pciutils to find out which wireless card I had:

apt-get install pciutils

Turns out my card needs the ipw2200 driver so download the firmware (v3.0) from http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/firmware.php and copy it to /lib/firmware/:

tar zxf ipw2200-fw-3.0.tgz
cd ipw2200-fw-3.0/
sudo mv *.fw /lib/firmware/

You'll also need the wireless-tools and network-manager packages but these should already be installed if you do a default install.

Restart and the card should be picked up, you can then configure it using the Gnome networking tool network-admin. After you've configured it everything should work.

Based on information here: http://wizah.blogspot.com/2006/03/debian-how-to-etch-on-asus-z63a.html

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