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    Default How to get firmware/driver to work

    hi all.

    I am having a problem with getting the wireless driver to work in bt4 R2 (within bt3 it was working fine out of the box).

    Bt is installed on hdd, no dualboot laptop is dedicated.

    i discovered while starting up BT4 R2 the loading of the IPW2200 firmware, has an error 2 (ipw2200-bss.fw request_firmware failed: Reason -2 )
    When i google on this i discovered that it means that there is not such a file or directory.

    When i look in /lib/firmware/ there is indeed not such a file or directory.

    So i went looking for an pacjakge and discovered it here: Debian -- Package Download Selection --

    Installing this package does not work, because it states there is no licence.
    Well i can go on like this, i gues my problem is clear, i want to install this firmware for the ipw2200, so i can get my wireless hardware to work.

    I know it should be in kernel nowaday, but somehow it just won't work.

    edit: typo's

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    Default Re: How to get firmware/driver to work

    Exactly you missing a firmware driver, just copy the drive to that location and you all set

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    Default Re: How to get firmware/driver to work

    I am not certain what you mean (sorry), can you be more specific?
    What ya mean with copy the drive?

    What i did (after i posted the question), i copied the ipw2200.fw files from bt3(live) to firmware directory on bt4 R2 on hdd. At starting BT, no errors anymore and iwconfig says eth1 is wireless. But when trying to use eth1 nothing happens, absolutely no signal.

    When i use BT3 live everything is working fine.

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    Default Re: How to get firmware/driver to work

    i had the same problem at startup it displayed a error whit my wireless, first i fixed it but then my wireless killswitch button didnt worked so i fixed that when i put "setkeycodes e008 172" in my rc.local file. now i push fn+f2 to activate my wireless.

    i use BT4 RC2 whit a Dell laptop.

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    Default Re: How to get firmware/driver to work

    Got it working now.
    copied the ipw2200.fw files from BT3 final live CD into /lib/firmware/ on the BT4 R2 partition.

    After thsi my wireless worked fine, after an reboot ofcourse.

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