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    Yet again, I am having issues with openSuSE's so called support of the Pro Wireless 2200BG chipset. I have tried everything i can think of to get it to work, and despite the fact that the HCL says 11.1 has built in compatibilty, it will not work. Firstly, it was originally recognized as Wireless Network Device, and so I tried deleting that in order to get the proper settings. It showed up as the Intel Pro Wireless 2200BG. I set up the connection, and it still wouldn't connect. I have tried reinstalling ipw-firmware, and still no success. I realized after a while that the device was named eth0, and so i changed it to wlan0 just in case that was an issue. I have used ifup and Network Manager (I use GNOME), and still have had no success. ifup reports

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        wlan0     device: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection (rev 05)
    DHCP4 client (dhcpcd) is running
    . . . but is still waiting for data
    wlan0 is up
    5: wlan0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP qlen 1000
        link/ether 00:0e:35:b1:88:d3 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
        inet 192.168.10.102/24 brd 192.168.10.255 scope global wlan0
        inet6 fe80::20e:35ff:feb1:88d3/64 scope link 
           valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
        wlan0     IP address: 192.168.10.102/24
    Configured routes for interface wlan0:
      169.254.0.0 - 255.255.0.0 wlan0  
    Active routes for interface wlan0:
      192.168.10.0/24  proto kernel  scope link  src 192.168.10.102
      169.254.0.0/16  scope link
      default via 192.168.10.1
    1 of 1 configured routes for interface wlan0 up
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:"*****"  Nickname:"linux-3y4r"
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462 GHz  Access Point: 00:18:39:84:CD:2C   
              Bit Rate:54 Mb/s   Tx-Power=20 dBm   Sensitivity=8/0  
              Retry limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Encryption key:****-****-** [2]   Security mode:open
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality=87/100  Signal level=-40 dBm  Noise level=-86 dBm
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:174  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:15   Missed beacon:0
    Any help i can get to make this work would be great. A laptop without wireless is kind of useless.

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    Odd, I installed (the original) 11.1 32bit on my Toshiba tecra m2 a few weeks ago (exact same wireless card), and it worked straight away. Even before updates!

    This was the DVD version, I believe the liveCD doesn't have the wireless modules .
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    Quote Originally Posted by growbag View Post
    Odd, I installed (the original) 11.1 32bit on my Toshiba tecra m2 a few weeks ago (exact same wireless card), and it worked straight away. Even before updates!

    This was the DVD version, I believe the liveCD doesn't have the wireless modules .
    Always best to go with the DVD. Good point @growbag
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    Well both my Thinkpads work just fine with openSuse's "so-called" (rightly called?) support - one 2200BG with the "original" 11.1 install and a 2915ABG with the 11.1 KDE4 re-spin. Out of the box and with subsequent kernel updates. Just like the HCL suggests !

    Sure, both are labelled eth1 (and not wlan x) (eth0 being the wired i/f in each case), but recognized as requiring and using ipw2200 driver.

    From the output posted it looks like it's recognized there too and has acquired an IP. But is that a reference to IPv6 in there? Could it be unwanted IP6 that's causing connection issue?

    IG

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    Quote Originally Posted by ignz View Post
    Well both my Thinkpads work just fine with openSuse's "so-called" (rightly called?) support - one 2200BG with the "original" 11.1 install and a 2915ABG with the 11.1 KDE4 re-spin. Out of the box and with subsequent kernel updates. Just like the HCL suggests !
    And these cards work "out of the box" since SuSE 9.2.

    Quote Originally Posted by ignz View Post
    Sure, both are labelled eth1 (and not wlan x) (eth0 being the wired i/f in each case), but recognized as requiring and using ipw2200 driver.
    Yup, iwp2200 registers it's interface as ethX by default, so this is perfectly normal (It's _just_ a name, if you like you can even call it after your mom's maiden name).

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    Ahhh. That would be why. I had already downloaded the LiveCD for something else, and so I installed off of that. I shall try re-installing using the DVD. Just gotta find a blank dvd. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by growbag View Post
    This was the DVD version, I believe the liveCD doesn't have the wireless modules .
    Where on earth did you get that from?

    Even if it were true, then how do you explain the presence of a wireless interface?

    If the CD would not contain "wireless modules", then it would miss at least one kernel package, I bet you this is not the case (assuming the CD itself is OK and was burnt without errors).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bman22 View Post
    Ahhh. That would be why.
    No, certainly not.

    Your outputs even show your device not only present but actually _connected_ to the wireless AP and having an IP address.

    Instead of most likely wasting bandwith and time on dowloading the DVD, you should consider fixing your setup and not ignore what you were told by "ignz" for a start.

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