Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60. (Solved)

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Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60. (Solved)

Postby globetrotterdk » 2009-05-09 14:01

I have an IBM/Lenovo T60 ThinkPad that I would like to also install Debian Lenny (i386). Unfortunately, I run into a problem during the install with Lenny refusing to recognize my wireless card, so I either have to install from the DVDs or connect the T60 to an ethernet cable. In either case, I still can't connect to my wireless network at home. I have seen some instructions as to how to get the wireless card to work, but the instructions are frankly beyond my skill level. I would think it might be less complicated to use a more up to date kernel than what comes with Debian Lenny, but how to do that is also beyond my skill level, without some very precise instructions.

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Re: Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60.

Postby smallchange » 2009-05-09 14:09

If you tell us what wifi card you have we might be able to reply intelligently. Try
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lspci
.
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Re: Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60.

Postby globetrotterdk » 2009-05-09 14:55

Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)
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Re: Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60.

Postby smallchange » 2009-05-09 16:06

The module for that is called iwl3945.ko. Run
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lsmod | grep iwl3945
to see if it is installed in the kernel. It should be and then your problem is configuring it.

I think the easiest solution for that is to install wicd.
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sudo aptitude install wicd
I think wicd is in the lenny repositories? If not it is in sid.
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Re: Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60.

Postby globetrotterdk » 2009-05-09 17:56

Is there a way to do this while I install Debian or do I have to connect the T60 to an ethernet cable attached to my router?
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Re: Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60.

Postby smallchange » 2009-05-09 21:14

The simplest way is to connect a wire for the installation. I looked and it seems wicd is in sid, but not in lenny. You will also need a firmware package from the non-free repositories, firmware-iwlwifi. You may be able to select the non-free and contrib repositories during the install, if not add them to /etc/apt/sources.list after the basic install is complete. You can then install the firmware with
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sudo aptitude update
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sudo aptitude install  firmware-iwlwifi
. You can then install wicd as described here http://wicd.sourceforge.net/download.php or you may be able to use knetworkmanager to configure your wireless.
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Re: Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60.

Postby globetrotterdk » 2009-05-11 12:23

OK, I have installed Lenny i386 KDE. Installing the wifi driver went fine. I couldn't figure out how to use knetworkmanager to connect with my wireless home network, so I tried installing wicd from the wicd repository. Here is what happened:

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$ sudo aptitude install wicd
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done
The following packages are BROKEN:
  network-manager-kde
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libffi5{a} python-cairo{a} python-glade2{a} python-gobject{a}
  python-gtk2{a} python-numeric{a} wicd
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  network-manager{a}
0 packages upgraded, 7 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 2123kB of archives. After unpacking 6930kB will be used.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  network-manager-kde: Depends: network-manager (>= 0.6.2) but it is not installable
The following actions will resolve these dependencies:

Remove the following packages:
network-manager-kde

Score is 119

Accept this solution? [Y/n/q/?] y
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libffi5{a} python-cairo{a} python-glade2{a} python-gobject{a}
  python-gtk2{a} python-numeric{a} wicd
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  dhcdbd{u} libnl1{u} libnm-util0{u} network-manager{a}
  network-manager-kde{a}
0 packages upgraded, 7 newly installed, 5 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 2123kB of archives. After unpacking 3916kB will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?] y
Writing extended state information... Done
Get:1 http://ftp.dk.debian.org lenny/main python-cairo 1.4.12-1.2 [87,2kB]
Get:2 http://ftp.dk.debian.org lenny/main libffi5 3.0.7-1 [14,9kB]
Get:3 http://ftp.dk.debian.org lenny/main python-gobject 2.14.2-1 [161kB]
Get:4 http://ftp.dk.debian.org lenny/main python-numeric 24.2-9 [185kB]
Get:5 http://ftp.dk.debian.org lenny/main python-gtk2 2.12.1-6 [1384kB]
Get:6 http://apt.wicd.net lenny/extras wicd 1.5.9 [249kB]
Get:7 http://ftp.dk.debian.org lenny/main python-glade2 2.12.1-6 [42,5kB]
Fetched 2123kB in 1s (1079kB/s)
(Reading database ... 88949 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing network-manager-kde ...
Removing network-manager ...
Stopping network connection manager: NetworkManager.
Stopping network events dispatcher: NetworkManagerDispatcher.
Removing dhcdbd ...
Stopping DHCP D-Bus daemon: dhcdbd.
Removing libnl1 ...
Removing libnm-util0 ...
Processing triggers for menu ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Selecting previously deselected package python-cairo.
(Reading database ... 88765 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking python-cairo (from .../python-cairo_1.4.12-1.2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package libffi5.
Unpacking libffi5 (from .../libffi5_3.0.7-1_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package python-gobject.
Unpacking python-gobject (from .../python-gobject_2.14.2-1_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package python-numeric.
Unpacking python-numeric (from .../python-numeric_24.2-9_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package python-gtk2.
Unpacking python-gtk2 (from .../python-gtk2_2.12.1-6_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package python-glade2.
Unpacking python-glade2 (from .../python-glade2_2.12.1-6_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package wicd.
Unpacking wicd (from .../archives/wicd_1.5.9_all.deb) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Setting up python-cairo (1.4.12-1.2) ...
Setting up libffi5 (3.0.7-1) ...
Setting up python-gobject (2.14.2-1) ...
Setting up python-numeric (24.2-9) ...
Setting up python-gtk2 (2.12.1-6) ...
Setting up python-glade2 (2.12.1-6) ...
Setting up wicd (1.5.9) ...
ls: cannot access /opt/wicd/encryption/configurations/: No such file or directory
Starting Network connection manager: wicd failed!
Processing triggers for python-support ...
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
Writing extended state information... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done


I am not really sure where to go from here. Is it possible to get me out of this mess?
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Re: Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60.

Postby smallchange » 2009-05-11 14:07

I don't see a mess. You now have everything installed that you need. Now you just need to run wicd. You should disable the ethernet in /etc/network/interfaces and let wicd take care of this if you prefer to use wifi. So
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sudo ifdown eth0
, unplug the wire, edit /etc/network/interfaces and comment the eth0 parts. When you are done the only uncommented lines should be
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

Then start wicd from the menu and configure your wireless. After this wicd should start at boot and configure your wireless before you login.
Much better than network-manager. :)
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Re: Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60.

Postby globetrotterdk » 2009-05-11 15:25

Woah, coooool. Got the wireless working. What if I at some point need to switch from wireless to wired? Is it possible to switch back and forth?
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Re: Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60.

Postby smallchange » 2009-05-11 16:06

Plug in the wire. :D
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Re: Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60.

Postby smallchange » 2009-05-11 16:11

There is just one drawback to this situation and most people will not notice it. That is that the scripts in /etc/network/if-up.d do not get run with wicd. I hope that the packager will fix this. Wicd is pretty new in the repository.
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Re: Wireless AWOL with Lenny install on T60.

Postby globetrotterdk » 2009-05-11 16:55

OK. Thanks for all the help :D
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