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    Default BT5R3 & IPW2915abg wireless trouble

    Hello All,
    I am fairly new to linux and backtrack, I have backtrack loaded to my usb flash drive and I am booting from that drive, I used unetbootin and that has all worked just fine. I am having difficulty getting BT to recognize my wireless network card. Unfortunately I am not home right now so I am unable to post the parameters when I type thing like iwconfig and the other commands in. I was up for about 4 hours last night trying to install the different drivers, I downloaded one .deb driver and one .tgz driver, neither of which seemed to work when I used the dpkg command line.. The only thing I can think of is could it be not working because I am using the USB to run BT and not installing it to the machine? Maybe I have to put the driver file on the same usb flashdisk as the BT5 is on? Last night I was using a second usb flashdisk to download files on my desktop and bring them over to the laptop. Any input is greatly appreciated, I know theres not much you guys can do without me posting specifics but as I've said I am at work now, don't have access to the computer at this time, just thought I could get this posted this way when I get home I can provide you all with whatever information you may need. What I do know, for sure is
    1. It is BT5r3 loaded to a usb flashdisk using unetbootin
    2. It is a dell inspiron 8600 laptop with a Intel Pro Wireless 2915abg adapter
    3. I have downloaded and attempted to install 2 different driver files ending in .deb and .tgz, neither of which with any success.

    Thanks again, I really appreciate any help.

    -Steve E.

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    Default Re: BT5R3 & IPW2915abg wireless trouble

    Need to install the intel ipw2x00 (2100, 2200, 2915 series) firmware.

    Download it from here: http://mmc.geofisica.unam.mx/debian/...mware-nonfree/

    Use the firmware-ipw2x00_0.36_all.deb

    Luck...
    Last edited by maverik35; 10-10-2012 at 09:47 AM.

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    Default Re: BT5R3 & IPW2915abg wireless trouble

    Thank you for that information, I have that file downloaded and when I seem to try and install said driver, nothing happens. Is a re-boot necessary? Again I have the firmware saved to a second usb flashdisk and when I load it up, the file shows, I double click on it and nothing really happens. I also have tried in the command prompt/terminal thing to type the depkg command as I read in a post somewhere, and when I do that it says file not found. I guess there is a gray area in my brain where I cant figure out how to actually see to it that this driver gets installed.. Is there a process that I'm not following or am I missing a step? Thanks again I really appreciate it.

    --Steve E.

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    Default Re: BT5R3 & IPW2915abg wireless trouble

    I also have an issue with this wifi card.
    06:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection (rev 05)

    root@bt:~/Desktop# sudo dpkg -i firmware-ipw2x00_0.36_all.deb

    Selecting previously deselected package firmware-ipw2x00.
    (Reading database ... 266388 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking firmware-ipw2x00 (from firmware-ipw2x00_0.36_all.deb) ...
    Setting up firmware-ipw2x00 (0.36) ...

    root@bt:~/Desktop# iwconfig

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

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    Default Re: BT5R3 & IPW2915abg wireless trouble

    After installing firmware, need to load module by rebooting the PC/laptop or load it manually, then run network services and last, check interface: iwconfig

    Luck...
    Last edited by maverik35; 12-10-2012 at 10:31 AM.

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