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    yashmik NNTP User

    Default dell laptop wireless connection

    I have Suse 11 installed on a dell inspiron 15125 laptop,Any ideas how i can get the wireless to work on this laptop?
    Suse does not detect my wireless at all, is there any file I can find and download to make it work?

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    Default Re: dell laptop wireless connection

    have you read the stickies at the start of this section ? some good info there

    Andy

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    Well, maybe we can start a Dell thread. i have a M2300 (Precision workstation- souped up Inspiron) with the 4965 card dual booted with XP (Up grade from Vista). I have to use Suse to allow some disk encryption software to work and had this same system working just fine with fedora 9.

    So, I have tried the installed programs on K4.0 K3.5 and Gnome. I downloaded the compat wireless sources and it would not compile. I know this is a struggle. I was able to get the octal identifiers as listed in the sticky.

    If I run ifconfig wlan0 up, seems to start the card, but when I do a iwlist wlan0 scan: no scan results.

    Guess I need to know:

    1. What desktop has the most likelihood of sucess.
    2. Do I need firmware for this card for Suse 11.0.
    3. Where do I get drivers that might possible compile?

    Hey, its better than Microsoft

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    jerryyyyy wrote:
    > So, I have tried the installed programs on K4.0 K3.5 and Gnome. I
    > downloaded the compat wireless sources and it would not compile. I
    > know this is a struggle. I was able to get the octal identifiers as
    > listed in the sticky.
    >
    > If I run ifconfig wlan0 up, seems to start the card, but when I do a
    > iwlist wlan0 scan: no scan results.
    >
    > Guess I need to know:
    >
    > 1. What desktop has the most likelihood of sucess.
    > 2. Do I need firmware for this card for Suse 11.0.
    > 3. Where do I get drivers that might possible compile?


    The answers are 1) Any, 2) Probably and 3) they should be built-in.

    What are those secret numbers. How are we supposed to answer the questions
    without knowing what kind of card you have?

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    Sorry, I figured you would have read my mind as it being the same card as the other Dell, an Intel 4965. I am currently on the Windows side and cannot go back for a bit as in the midst of a job, but the hardware manager in XP gives tons of information on the card.

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    Could not edit my response above.

    lspci yields: 0c:00.0 Network Controller: Intel Corp PRO/Wireless 4965 AG or AGN Network Connection (rev 61)

    lspci -n yeieds for 0c:00.0 0280 8086:4229 (rev 61)

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    jerryyyyy wrote:
    > Could not edit my response above.
    >
    > lspci yields: 0c:00.0 Network Controller: Intel Corp PRO/Wireless
    > 4965 AG or AGN Network Connection (rev 61)
    >
    > lspci -n yeieds for 0c:00.0 0280 8086:4229 (rev 61)


    The driver named iwl4965 should support it. I have no Intel wireless experience
    - I deliberately buy AMD processors, and I won't be able to help much. The first
    thing is to check the command 'lsmod | grep iwl'. If that lists anything, then
    the driver is loading.

    I have read a lot of posts about troubles with iwlxxxx drivers. I think the
    compat package should compile for the Intel drivers. The first thing to do is
    find the configuration file and disable all drivers except for the Intel ones.
    Quite frequently build failures for that package are for drivers that you will
    never use. If that fails, post the error message and we'll try to figure it out.

    Larry

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