11.2 on TP T23; pcmcia card detected, but no wlan0

I have a new install of OpenSuSE 11.2 on a ThinkPad T23. I cannot get a Linksys WPC54G version 4 pcmcia wireless card to work. (It works fine in this machine running Windows XP Pro, using driver i2220ntx.sys.)

The 11.2 system recognizes the card, but there is no wlan0:

ifstatus wlan0
Interface wlan0 is not available

In Yast Hardware Information, the wireless card is listed under Network Card as “[AirConn] INPROCOMM IPN 2220 Wireless LAN Adapter (rev 01)”. Details are:

88: udi = ‘/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_17fe_2220’
pci.subsys_vendor = ‘Linksys’
linux.hotplug_type = 2 (0x2)
linux.subsystem = ‘pci’
info.subsystem = ‘pci’
info.product = ‘[AirConn] INPROCOMM IPN 2220 Wireless LAN Adapter (rev 01)’
linux.sysfs_path = ‘/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:02:00.1/0000:07:00.0’
info.parent = ‘/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_104c_ac51_0’
pci.linux.sysfs_path = ‘/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:02:00.1/0000:07:00.0’
info.udi = ‘/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_17fe_2220’
pci.product_id = 8736 (0x2220)
pci.vendor_id = 6142 (0x17fe)
pci.subsys_product_id = 41 (0x29)
pci.subsys_vendor_id = 5943 (0x1737)
pci.device_class = 2 (0x2)
pci.device_subclass = 0 (0x0)
pci.device_protocol = 0 (0x0)
pci.vendor = ‘Linksys, A Division of Cisco Systems’
info.vendor = ‘Linksys, A Division of Cisco Systems’
pci.product = ‘[AirConn] INPROCOMM IPN 2220 Wireless LAN Adapter (rev 01)’

I installed:
ipw-firmware - Firmware for Intel PRO/Wireless WLAN Cards
This package contains firmware binaries needed for Intel PRO/Wireless 2100/2200BG (aka Centrino) WLAN cards.

The log message about firmware is:
dmesg | grep firmware
8.957296] thinkpad_acpi: asked for hotkey mask 0x0077ffff, but firmware forced it to 0x0000084c

How do I proceed from here?


Remove the PCMCIA card from the slot and buy another one with native linux support.

I got it working with ndiswrapper. Does what I need.:slight_smile: