Intel Wireless 2200, general .fw woes

So I recently installed openSUSE on my old Dell laptop and so far I’ve been unable to get my wireless connection to work. It seems that in the File List for the IPW-firmware all of the files are out of date compared to my version. The .fw’s listed are all below version 2.3 whereas the version of IPW I have installed is 3.1. I have located the version 3.1 .fw files but I don’t know how to get IPW to recognize them as related files. Is there some way to accomplish this, perhaps an editable settings file?

Also the .fw files I downloaded are behaving strangely in the file manager which insists that they should be opened with GIMP under .tga image encoding. Needless to say, this doesn’t work. In the properties window they do identify themselves as .tga despite having .fw filenames. I’m pretty sure this is unrelated as no other .fw is behaving this way on my system, and they all appear to be associated with something.

Thanks in advance.

Are drivers of your laptop are compatible with operating system. I had the same problem with my friend’s Laptop, it was also a Dell laptop. The problem was in network card, it does not recognize. And also sound card was not recognized. Drivers was only written only for windows and not for linux. We ordered the linux drivers for Dell and I install them and then we had no problems.

Well,if you want to install drivers for your laptop you install throught yast. You will open your cd, you click on it(on driver which you want to install and yast install your drivers ok???

Have you download all updates of your operating system???

I do have linux compadible drivers but perhaps not Dell specific ones. Thanks for the tip I’ll try it out and see how it goes.

Ok check it. If I find something, I will warn you. ok???

Please write the model of your laptop and where you bought it?

Hello BradyM4, hello all,

(0) A warm welcome to BradyM4. I am pleased to see a new member of this group of volunteers called “the forums” or

(1) To be friendly to the search machines and to know a bit what we all are talking about:
This thread is about the “Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection”?

[a “Yes” to (1) => go to (2) OR a “No” => please specify the wireless LAN device a bit more]

(2) Did you took a look at:
Support for the Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection ?

(2.1) EOS - End of support:
I think the device (I use the same now for connecting to my router and posting) is a bit old:

(2.2) Intel® Drivers for Linux*

Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
The development site is available at Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Driver for Linux. †
…]† This link will take you off of the Intel Web site. Intel does not control the content of the destination Web Site.

This leads me to (3)

(3) Firmware and firmware versions:
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Driver for Linux on
has a subpage for the firmware
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Driver Firmware

The interesting part I could read on the latter is:

Please select which firmware version you would like to download based on the version of the IPW2200 driver you are using:

And as I downloaded the file with the highest version number ("firmware v3.1 ") the three individual files in the downloaded archive-file were all from 2009/03/11=the 11th of March 2009.

I am wondering:
Is the firmware not part of the driver package and so part of the Kernel Linux from since very old days (maybe a bit modified in some distributions but I would doubt that)?
Or has the Intel 2200BG own parts of constant memory a normal user could (and really should) change/flash manual?
And to be honest: ipw2200 - Linux Wireless gives me ipw2200.c - Linux Wireless but this seems quite to hight for me - the only thing I may have understood is that is about debugging and writing/receiving/reading data to/from the device’s sram.

Just my thoughts