IPW2200 install - Debian

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  1. IPW2200 install

    I'm running stable, except for a custom 2.6.12 kernel; if custom it can
    be called with a one-line fix in one of the .h files! Anyway, I'm trying
    to install ipw2200.

    I installed the ipw2200 firmware via the ipw2200-firmware package, and
    the modules via ipw2200-modules-2.6.8-2-686 hoping that this would work,
    but the package installs files in /lib/modules/2.6.8-2-686, so it seemed
    unlikely. I considered copying the /lib/modules/2.6.8-2-686/drivers to
    /lib/modules/2.6.12, but somehow I didn't think that it would work.

    So, I scouted around for the Debian way with the new kernel and found
    the following:

    # apt-get update
    # apt-get install module-assistant
    # m-a -t update
    # m-a -t -f get ipw2200
    # m-a -t build ipw2200
    # m-a -t install ipw2200
    Thereafter, install the firmware from

    In addition to this, I installed build-essential, and did
    # m-a prepare
    before # m-a -t update

    All went well until the build, which failed, as follows:

    # Build the module
    /usr/bin/make -C driver KSRC=/usr/src/linux KVER=2.6.12
    make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/src/modules/ipw2200/driver'
    /usr/bin/make -C /usr/src/linux SUBDIRS=/usr/src/modules/ipw2200/driver
    MODVERDIR=/usr/src/modules/ipw2200/driver modules
    make[3]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-source-2.6.12'
    CC [M] /usr/src/modules/ipw2200/driver/ipw2200.o
    In file included from /usr/src/modules/ipw2200/driver/ipw2200.h:50,
    from /usr/src/modules/ipw2200/driver/ipw2200.c:33:
    /usr/src/modules/ipw2200/driver/net/ieee80211.h:659: error: redefinition
    of `is_multicast_ether_addr'
    include/linux/etherdevice.h:67: error: `is_multicast_ether_addr'
    previously defined here
    make[4]: *** [/usr/src/modules/ipw2200/driver/ipw2200.o] Error 1
    make[3]: *** [_module_/usr/src/modules/ipw2200/driver] Error 2
    make[3]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-source-2.6.12'
    make[2]: *** [modules] Error 2
    make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/ipw2200/driver'
    make[1]: *** [binary-modules] Error 2
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/ipw2200'
    make: *** [kdist_build] Error 2

    I found this: http://bughost.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=702, which
    seems to be relevant. But how does one apply the patches?

    Am I on the right track here?

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    Marc


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  2. Re: IPW2200 install

    marc wrote:

    > Am I on the right track here?


    I can only say that I'm running Ubuntu breezy with a stock kernel and my
    ipw2200 works out of the box. No need to install anything extra. Isn't it
    just a kernel config option when you compile the kernel?
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  3. Re: IPW2200 install

    On Tue, 2005-10-04 at 16:42 +0100, marc wrote:
    > I'm running stable, except for a custom 2.6.12 kernel; if custom it can
    > be called with a one-line fix in one of the .h files! Anyway, I'm trying
    > to install ipw2200.


    I have an ipw2200 as well, but since I already used it before there were
    Debian packages, I always used the vanilla source package. So, you
    should be able to get it to work one way or the other.

    > I found this: http://bughost.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=702, which
    > seems to be relevant. But how does one apply the patches?


    Have a look at 'man patch'. In general, if you're in the right
    directory, do 'patch -p1 quoting, and they say you should use -p2 instead of -p1. So, simply try
    it, and if you give the wrong parameter, it'll warn you.

    > Am I on the right track here?


    I think so. Getting the ipw2200 driver to work can be pretty tough, if
    you combine it with the kill switch, led, wpa, etc. If you have
    ipw2200-specific questions in the future, you should probably try the
    ipw2200 mailing list (ipw2100-devel@lists.sourceforge.net - no, the 2100
    is not a typo!).

    Koen


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  4. Re: IPW2200 install

    On Tue, 2005-10-04 at 14:08 -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:
    > marc wrote:
    > > Am I on the right track here?

    >
    > I can only say that I'm running Ubuntu breezy with a stock kernel and my
    > ipw2200 works out of the box. No need to install anything extra. Isn't it
    > just a kernel config option when you compile the kernel?


    No -- it isn't. I've gotten my ipw2200 wifi card to (mostly) work, and
    the drivers are still really beta.

    -Ian


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  5. Re: IPW2200 install

    On Tue, 2005-10-04 at 16:42 +0100, marc wrote:
    > Am I on the right track here?


    Sorta. Best bet is to grab the latest sources from
    http://ipw2200.sf.net/ -- I had minimal trouble compiling with a recent
    version from there. IIRC, they had to change a few things to make it
    work correctly with 2.6.(11? 12?) kernels.

    -Ian





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  6. Re: IPW2200 install

    Derek Broughton said...
    > marc wrote:
    >
    > > Am I on the right track here?

    >
    > I can only say that I'm running Ubuntu breezy with a stock kernel and my
    > ipw2200 works out of the box. No need to install anything extra. Isn't it
    > just a kernel config option when you compile the kernel?


    I don't know, that's why I'm asking. The docs don't help. Well, maybe
    the answer is in there somewhere, but I couldn't find it. They refer to
    a quickstart and install guide, but I couldn't find either.

    Wireless works on my Knoppix (Debian-style) install too. A five minute
    job.

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  7. Re: IPW2200 install

    Ian Greenhoe wrote:

    > On Tue, 2005-10-04 at 14:08 -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:
    >> marc wrote:
    >> > Am I on the right track here?

    >>
    >> I can only say that I'm running Ubuntu breezy with a stock kernel and my
    >> ipw2200 works out of the box. No need to install anything extra. Isn't
    >> it just a kernel config option when you compile the kernel?

    >
    > No -- it isn't. I've gotten my ipw2200 wifi card to (mostly) work, and
    > the drivers are still really beta.


    So what _didn't_ you get to work? It's working fine for me, though I
    haven't tried WPA yet.
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