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    Question Howto enable integrated wlan device on dell xps 170 (KDE)

    Hi,
    i have an older Dell XPS Notebook (XPS 170 i think) with an integrated WLAN device (Gigabit Ethernet - WLAN : 802.11b/g). Until yesterday i had windows xp installed, on which i could activate/enable the wlan device with pressing: Fn + F2 but now iam using opensuse (version loaded 2 hours ago) and KDE on which Fn + F2 did not work (no WLAN light is on/stays off).
    During installation i allready got the message that no network device was found. But i want to use the wlan device and so having the problem activating it.
    What do i have to do to activate it, and better getting the Fn + F2 capability again?

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    Default Re: Howto enable integrated wlan device on dell xps 170 (KDE

    Can you open a terminal and type this:
    Code:
    /sbin/lspci -nnk
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    Default Re: Howto enable integrated wlan device on dell xps 170 (KDE

    here it is:
    Code:
    /sbin/lspci -nnk
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller [8086:2590] (rev 03)                              
            Kernel modules: intel-agp                                               
    00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM Express PCI Express Root Port [8086:2591] (rev 03)                                                 
            Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver                                   
            Kernel modules: shpchp                                                  
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 [8086:2658] (rev 03)                                           
            Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd                                          
            Kernel modules: uhci-hcd                                                
    00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 [8086:2659] (rev 03)                                           
            Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd                                          
            Kernel modules: uhci-hcd                                                
    00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 [8086:265a] (rev 03)                                           
            Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd                                          
            Kernel modules: uhci-hcd                                                
    00:1d.3 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 [8086:265b] (rev 03)                                           
            Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd                                          
            Kernel modules: uhci-hcd                                                
    00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:265c] (rev 03)                                  
            Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd                                          
            Kernel modules: ehci-hcd                                                
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev d3)                                                                       
    00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:266e] (rev 03)                   
            Kernel driver in use: Intel ICH                                         
            Kernel modules: snd-intel8x0                                            
    00:1e.3 Modem [0703]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Modem Controller [8086:266d] (rev 03)
            Kernel modules: snd-intel8x0m
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:2641] (rev 03)
            Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt, intel-rng
    00:1f.2 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) SATA Controller [8086:2653] (rev 03)
            Kernel driver in use: ata_piix
            Kernel modules: ata_piix, ahci
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:266a] (rev 03)
            Kernel driver in use: i801_smbus
            Kernel modules: i2c-i801
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation G70 [GeForce Go 7800 GTX] [10de:0099] (rev a1)
            Kernel modules: nvidiafb
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5705M_2 Gigabit Ethernet [14e4:165e] (rev 03)
            Kernel driver in use: tg3
            Kernel modules: tg3
    03:01.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II [1180:0476] (rev b3)
            Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
            Kernel modules: yenta_socket
    03:01.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C552 IEEE 1394 Controller [1180:0552] (rev 08)
            Kernel driver in use: ohci1394
            Kernel modules: ohci1394
    03:01.2 SD Host controller [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter [1180:0822] (rev 17)
            Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
            Kernel modules: sdhci-pci
    03:03.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection [8086:4220] (rev 05)
            Kernel driver in use: ipw2200
            Kernel modules: ipw2200

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    Default Re: Howto enable integrated wlan device on dell xps 170 (KDE

    Your wireless is Intel

    03:03.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection [8086:4220] (rev 05)
    Kernel driver in use: ipw2200
    Kernel modules: ipw2200

    In fact both eth and wlan show the kernel modules loaded.

    Have you tried configuring with networkmanager? It's not unknown for the wireless light not to light up for some, obviously the wireless switch must be On.
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    Default Re: Howto enable integrated wlan device on dell xps 170 (KDE

    oh you are right, i found this little network icon next to the clock in kde. But it shows disconnected. but when clicking on it i can see my wlan device but when trying to create a new connection for the eth1 (wlan card) i just can select some accespoint here in my area but not my wlan router which is standing next to me and is connectable with my mobile phone. Even tring to use it SSID directly lead me to overwhelming setting options but nothing worked.

    edit: now even the acces point is away...
    edit2: trig to start the networkmanager has no result, it just not start

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    Default Re: Howto enable integrated wlan device on dell xps 170 (KDE

    Ok it seems that the networkmanager was allready active, but something is not right, because at first i saw at least one accespoint but not my own router, then even this disapeared and sometimes i cannot open the "new connection" option, i mean after clicking on it, nothing happens. In this cases just reboot helps, but i just let me open the "new connection" option but there the accespoint never came back.

    edit: sorry but know there are all routers and accespoints around available, even mine, but it seems that connection needs some further configuration, i hope i can handle it but i will try.

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    Default Re: Howto enable integrated wlan device on dell xps 170 (KDE

    You just Make a New Connection
    You need the ESSID of your router and the encryption key, make sure you use the correct encryption, follow the new connection setup through and check the connect automatically and save.
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    I tried every possible settings (there are endless available [if you have the key ] so it was long but possible) but it did not worked, and as i read on some websides, it seems to have to do with kde, i read thousands of postings from peoble which stated that wlan works perfeclty from start with gnome but does not work at all with kde.

    But i will not give up, here are my settings and how i tried to make it work:
    My router is configured as follow:
    - WPA mode: WPA + WPA2
    - WPA networkkey: i have it here on a piece of paper
    - SSID: i have it here too.

    to configure a new connection i tried:
    1. right-click: networkmanager symbol
    2. new connection
    3. select my router from the list of detected routers [which puts the ESSID in the field on the bottom]
    4. click on next (its: "weiter" in german iam not sure if this is translated right)
    5. choose: WPA personal in the security field
    6.1. Version 1: i just typed in my key
    6.2. Version 2: i choosed expert settings: typed in my key AND selected WPA 1 directly [later WPA 2/RSN and then selected both]
    7. then clicked on: save and connect.

    the result was: one minute or two, of trying to connect, with no result at the end, even my router did not detecetd connection tries. Btw: even a normal LAN connection with my other (windows) PC did not worked. After putting in the calbe, there was an initial try to setting up the connection (the networkmanager symbol shows that he was working) but in the end there was no connection, any fruther tries does not seem to are of interest for network manager because it stays passvie.

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    Default Re: Howto enable integrated wlan device on dell xps 170 (KDE

    I do not know why but now it works, i did the same steps as listed above but know it works.

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