There is firmware that MUST be loaded into the wireless card by the OS
(linux kernel). See if the DMESG |grep ipw2100 produces message
saying that there was a load failure of a .bss or similar module. For
security a wpa-supplicant module MUST be also loaded and ndiswrapper
is also needed. I have a DELL 9200 with 2200BG card almost identical
to 2100 card in your dell. Is the light showing the WiFI LED on? Make
sure that the kernel is 2.6.18 or higher. There are some kernel
complation options that will cause a failure of wireless
communication. CHECK http://oss.intel.com/en-us/
Try these and you may get somewhere. I can't understand why LINUX
programmers have not gotten the message that CENTRINO+LAPTOP is a
huge supply of computers that HAVE to be relegated to WINDOWS
because WINDOWS can connect easily!!!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, Chad Sutton <csutton@...>
> James wrote:
> > Hi. I'm so glad I found this group and hope that someone has
> > overcome the only obstacle I've found that I can't seem to fix.
> > Here's my issue:
> > The Intel 2100 wireless card is detected and setup fine. However,
> > disabled in Linux only.
> > I have the 2100 enabled in the BIOS. I've installed both Ubuntu
> > and SuSE 10 using Gnome with the same results, so it's definitely
> > hardware issue. It even works in the Windows XP Pro OS that is
> > booted with Linux.
> > The Fn+F2 button combo does nothing. When I press that, I see
> > key pressed messages in the message log under SuSE, and something
> > similar in Ubuntu.
> > Anyone know how to enable the Intel 2100 card in Linux? Again, the
> > driver is loaded just fine. The Network Connections Panel icon
> > Disconnected, and Wireless disabled.
> > I've searched all over the Net looking for the solution to this
> > to no avail.
> > Thanks for any ideas!
> You might want to try poking around
> This card is fully supported in Ubuntu. To see if the driver is
> you should type "lsmod |grep ipw2100"in a terminal. It should
> that the card's module is loaded.
> Your card in Ubuntu is most likely listed as eth1 (perhaps wlan0).
> if you can see any wireless networks by typing "iwlist scan". If
> wireless network information is returned then the card is active
> Have you tried any of that yet?
> A simple search at http://ubuntuforums.org on intel 2100 brought me
> following results
> Chad Sutton