On the HP Compaq nc6400, with Suse 10.2 and 10.3, I had no issues in getting the wireless to work. I loaded 11.0 and I have the intel drivers loaded (3945ABG), but I can’t get the wireless link to come up using ifup. On the laptop, there is a HW switch that lights blue for the link, but I can’t get it light up. Anybody have an ideas on how to get the physical layer up on the wireless on these laptops? Thanks for the help.
if you want to us ifup method, you have to turn off network manager in YaST
Thanks for the reply Andy. I disabled network manager via YAST so I could use ifup. I don’t use network manager because it always seems to have issues with the intel wireless.
you could try the iwl drivers, some people appear to have more success with them. if that’s the driver you are using,switch to ipw. see if that helps
Digging into it a little further, I was looking at dmesg and greping for iwl
dmesg | grep iwl
iwl3945: Radio disabled by HW RF Kill switch
Any way of enabling this via SW, because hitting the RF button doesn’t bring up the link. I am sure if I could get the radio up, then everything would work.
> Hi Gurus,
> On the HP Compaq nc6400, with Suse 10.2 and 10.3, I had no issues in
> getting the wireless to work. I loaded 11.0 and I have the intel
> drivers loaded (3945ABG), but I can’t get the wireless link to come up
> using ifup. On the laptop, there is a HW switch that lights blue for
> the link, but I can’t get it light up. Anybody have an ideas on how to
> get the physical layer up on the wireless on these laptops? Thanks for
> the help.
I’m no guru but merely another baffled user.
The wireless device on your machine is listed in the documentation as an
Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG. This is the same as in my HP530 and is really a
Broadcom BCM4310. Unfortunately, although I’ve been able to get it to work
in 10.3 using the Windows XP drivers and ndiswrapper, I’ve got almost
nowhere with 11.0. The rare occasions when I’ve got it working just flatter
to deceive, as does the blue light which comes on even when the device is
This device is not yet supported by b43 - see the list at
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