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tklchoi
May 9th, 2009, 03:14 AM
Hello everyone, I'm a new user on this forum and i need help.

***My situation***

I installed the new Ubuntu 9.04 earlier this week with high hopes that everything would run great because I have had success in release 8.04. When I tried to get my wireless working on the already installed network manager and other one "wicd network manager," I couldn't get my wireless to connect properly. I have been reading around spending countless hours trying to figure out how to set my laptop up with a proper configuration. (I am using a WPA key)

After a while, i decided to try and install the iwp2200abg...etc. drivers for my IBM T43 through terminal, and boy was that a bad decision :(, When i booted up my laptop, the splash screen was all messed up, all the colors were wrong and there were many lines running horizonally across my screen. So i decided to do a fresh install since it didn't take long to install the first time around.

I must have done something really bad...and btw i couldn't create directories in my file system (does this have anything to do with not being administrator? (because i am the only user on my laptop) so i must've done something wrong.

What i have trouble with: the intel drivers that need to be installed because they come in .tgz format and i dont know how to use/install that.

other problems: as some of you might know, T43 wifi antenna's need to be turned on using Fn+F5, but when i do that, either the Bluetooth light turns on and the wifi light barely blinks, or the wifi light doesnt go on at all. How do i get it so that it the wifi is always set to on mode?

some info about my T43 hardware that i said earlier might be wrong so here is my hardware copied from terminal:


terence@TKLC-laptop:~$ sudo lshw
[sudo] password for terence:
tklc-laptop
description: Notebook
product: 266872U
vendor: IBM
version: ThinkPad T43
serial: L3YWMAF
width: 32 bits
capabilities: smbios-2.33 dmi-2.33
configuration: administrator_password=disabled boot=normal chassis=notebook frontpanel_password=unknown keyboard_password=disabled power-on_password=disabled uuid=5595D681-48FD-11CB-8AE4-C5C18DB1CE57
*-core
description: Motherboard
product: 266872U
vendor: IBM
physical id: 0
version: Not Available
serial: VF07368716F
*-firmware
description: BIOS
vendor: IBM
physical id: 0
version: 1YET62WW (1.27 ) (05/18/2006)
size: 144KiB
capacity: 960KiB
capabilities: pci pcmcia pnp apm upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect edd int13floppy720 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb biosbootspecification
*-cpu
description: CPU
product: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 2.00GHz
vendor: Intel Corp.
physical id: 6
bus info: cpu@0
version: 6.13.8
slot: None
size: 2GHz
capacity: 2GHz
width: 32 bits
clock: 533MHz
capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss tm pbe nx up bts est tm2 cpufreq
*-cache:0
description: L1 cache
physical id: a
slot: Internal L1 Cache
size: 32KiB
capacity: 32KiB
capabilities: synchronous internal write-back data
*-cache:1
description: L2 cache
physical id: b
slot: Internal L2 Cache
size: 2MiB
capacity: 2MiB
capabilities: burst internal write-back unified
*-memory
description: System Memory
physical id: 2c
slot: System board or motherboard
size: 1536MiB
*-bank:0
description: SODIMM DDR Synchronous
physical id: 0
slot: DIMM 1
size: 512MiB
width: 64 bits
*-bank:1
description: SODIMM DDR Synchronous
physical id: 1
slot: DIMM 2
size: 1GiB
width: 64 bits
*-pci
description: Host bridge
product: Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 100
bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
*-pci:0
description: PCI bridge
product: Mobile 915GM/PM Express PCI Express Root Port
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1
bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pci pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
*-display UNCLAIMED
description: VGA compatible controller
product: M22 [Mobility Radeon X300]
vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm pciexpress msi bus_master cap_list
configuration: latency=0
*-pci:1
description: PCI bridge
product: 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1c
bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.0
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
*-network
description: Ethernet interface
product: NetXtreme BCM5751M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
logical name: eth0
version: 11
serial: 00:16:41:a7:fa:5c
size: 100MB/s
capacity: 1GB/s
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm vpd msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.94 duplex=full firmware=5751m-v3.46a ip=192.168.2.10 latency=0 link=yes module=tg3 multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100MB/s
*-pci:2
description: PCI bridge
product: 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 3
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1c.2
bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.2
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
*-usb:0
description: USB Controller
product: 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1d
bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master
configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0 module=uhci_hcd
*-usb:1
description: USB Controller
product: 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1d.1
bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.1
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master
configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0 module=uhci_hcd
*-usb:2
description: USB Controller
product: 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1d.2
bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.2
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master
configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0 module=uhci_hcd
*-usb:3
description: USB Controller
product: 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1d.3
bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.3
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master
configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0 module=uhci_hcd
*-usb:4
description: USB Controller
product: 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1d.7
bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.7
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm debug bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0 module=ehci_hcd
*-pci:3
description: PCI bridge
product: 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1e
bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.0
version: d3
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
*-pcmcia
description: CardBus bridge
product: RL5c476 II
vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:0b:00.0
version: 8d
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pcmcia bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=yenta_cardbus latency=176 maxlatency=5 mingnt=128 module=yenta_socket
resources: iomemory:b00d0c0b0-b00d0c0af
*-network
description: Wireless interface
product: PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 2
bus info: pci@0000:0b:02.0
logical name: eth1
version: 05
serial: 00:16:6f:ac:8f:09
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ipw2200 driverversion=1.2.2kmprq firmware=ABG:9.0.2.6 (Mar 22 2005) latency=64 link=no maxlatency=24 mingnt=3 module=ipw2200 multicast=yes wireless=unassociated
*-multimedia
description: Multimedia audio controller
product: 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1e.2
bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.2
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=Intel ICH latency=0 module=snd_intel8x0
*-communication UNCLAIMED
description: Modem
product: 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Modem Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1e.3
bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.3
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm cap_list
configuration: latency=0
*-isa
description: ISA bridge
product: 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1f
bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: isa bus_master
configuration: latency=0
*-ide
description: IDE interface
product: 82801FBM (ICH6M) SATA Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1f.2
bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
logical name: scsi0
logical name: scsi1
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 66MHz
capabilities: ide pm bus_master cap_list emulated
configuration: driver=ata_piix latency=0
*-disk
description: ATA Disk
product: FUJITSU MHV2080A
vendor: Fujitsu
physical id: 0
bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/sda
version: 0084
serial: NT20T68296T4
size: 74GiB (80GB)
capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=cccdcccd
*-volume:0
description: EXT3 volume
vendor: Linux
physical id: 1
bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
logical name: /dev/sda1
logical name: /
version: 1.0
serial: 229a8369-f989-4e14-8a0a-1280e8778e75
size: 71GiB
capacity: 71GiB
capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files ext3 ext2 initialized
configuration: created=2009-05-08 19:52:32 filesystem=ext3 modified=2009-05-08 20:52:31 mount.fstype=ext3 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered mounted=2009-05-08 19:53:32 state=mounted
*-volume:1
description: Extended partition
physical id: 2
bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
logical name: /dev/sda2
size: 3153MiB
capacity: 3153MiB
capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
*-logicalvolume
description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
physical id: 5
logical name: /dev/sda5
capacity: 3153MiB
capabilities: nofs
*-cdrom
description: DVD-RAM writer
product: DVD-RAM UJ-822S
vendor: MATSHITA
physical id: 1
bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/cdrom
logical name: /dev/cdrw
logical name: /dev/dvd
logical name: /dev/dvdrw
logical name: /dev/scd0
logical name: /dev/sr0
version: 1.61
capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
*-serial UNCLAIMED
description: SMBus
product: 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1f.3
bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
configuration: latency=0
*-network DISABLED
description: Ethernet interface
physical id: 1
logical name: pan0
serial: ce:9e:54:ed:36:d0
capabilities: ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=bridge driverversion=2.3 firmware=N/A link=yes multicast=yes
terence@TKLC-laptop:~$
As you can probably tell by now i am a REAL BIG NOOB :) so can someone please tell me how to properly set up my T43. Links to guides? How-To's? or just explain in this thread. I really don't want to screw up this time...

ugh...WHY DID I PICK 9.04?! :sad:


Thank you in advance!

chili555
May 9th, 2009, 03:29 AM
First of all, the ipw2200 drivers, which are installed by default work very well. You shouldn't need a tar.gz file.

On my T40, which also uses the ipw2200 driver, the FN+F5 key combination toggles bluetooth only, wireless only or both. If the wireless LED is flickering, I believe it's on. Does the terminal command:
iwconfigshow a wireless interface, eth1 perhaps? If so, your almost done!

Here is a link that might help. http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:T43

Post back if you get stuck.

tklchoi
May 9th, 2009, 03:58 AM
ok, so i ran the command and here is what i got:

next to eth1 it says "unnassociated"


terence@TKLC-laptop:~$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

irda0 no wireless extensions.

eth1 unassociated ESSID:"BELL126"
Mode:Managed Frequency=2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:0 kb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm Sensitivity=8/0
Retry limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

pan0 no wireless extensions.

t0mppa
May 9th, 2009, 04:20 AM
A few things unrelated to getting your wireless up and running - chili555 knows his way through that better than I.

1) Getting UNCLAIMED messages in the lshw means that the device does not have drivers associated with it. Basically this means that there might be some workaround being applied, but it's not a very stable state of existence. And this is especially nasty, since one of the devices falling to this category is your graphics card, which is probably what caused the issues you described after installing that driver by hand. ATI Catalyst 9.4 dropped support of older cards though and the older versions of Catalyst don't work in 9.04, so I suggest a trip to the Multimedia & Video forums to solve this one.

2) Ubuntu conveniently protects itself from you doing something silly without realising it by having a super user account that you need to activate first to do administrative duties. That's why you can't create directories or edit files in places where doing that could cause trouble without first logging in to the super user account.

You as the first user are automatically set up as a member of the super user group though, so you can login as root (equivalent of administrator) with your own password, when required. To accomplish that on the terminal, just write sudo in front of the command you're executing. If you were trying to create the directories with the File Browser, you can get super user access to it by opening a terminal and running 'gksudo nautilus &'.

3) Having the wireless work and having the wireless indicator led work are two different things, you'll most likely have to set them up separately.

tklchoi
May 9th, 2009, 05:35 AM
ok so far i only managed to figure out my wireless light issue, it is now up and running fine, it is just that it is hard to ketch the wifi light when it is on because there is a very long pause.

I will deal with my ATI X300 driver issue later. Right now I am still searching a soloution to my main problem.

chili555
May 9th, 2009, 11:56 AM
Your iwconfig shows that your wireless interface is up and running and ready to connect. You should be able to click on the Network Manager icon and see your wireless network and connect.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NetworkManager0.7

tklchoi
May 9th, 2009, 08:21 PM
There is trouble getting my WPA password to confirm, i think it is timing out, and also something related to network manager asks for permission to my WPA keyring. i dont know what that is. any ideas?

mudguts
May 10th, 2009, 12:12 AM
On my T40, 9.04 installed the Wi-Fi easily enough. In fact, I didn't have to do anything. It's almost like the gods of linux installed it themselves.

tklchoi
May 10th, 2009, 03:28 AM
anything else i could try? because nothing seems to be working for me.

chili555
May 10th, 2009, 02:55 PM
NetworkManager stores any encryption keys in the gnome-keyring manager. If your are prompted to enter the keyring password, it is, unless you have established a different password (doubtful), your user password. Please accept when asked to access your keyring.

When you are trying to enter your WPA password, do you see options for WPA-Personal or WPA-Enterprise? Any other options? Are you sure you are entering the right password in the right field?

What, exactly, have you tried that is not working?

tklchoi
May 10th, 2009, 04:11 PM
i am using WPA Personal, and for some reason now it says my device is not managed.

chili555
May 10th, 2009, 04:21 PM
Please open a terminal and do:
sudo gedit /etc/network/interfacesDelete anything in there except:
auto lo
iface lo inet loopbackProofread, save and close gedit. Reboot. Now is your wireless interface 'unmanaged'?

tklchoi
May 10th, 2009, 04:46 PM
thanks Chili, device is now managed.

Now after i select my own connection how do i set it up so that i connect to it every time i am not connected through ethernet? WPA: personal

chili555
May 10th, 2009, 06:24 PM
Right-click on Network Manager icon, click on 'Edit Connections' which brings up the network connections having various options to control.

Choose eth1, your wireless interface. Click on 'Edit.' When the box pops up, make sure the box for 'connect automatically' is checked. Save and close everything.

tklchoi
May 10th, 2009, 07:03 PM
when i edit my eth1 it asks if i want to allow nm-connection-editor to access my password for my SSID in the default keyring...?

chili555
May 10th, 2009, 07:46 PM
Yes, indeedy. I don't think you can get there any other way.

tklchoi
May 10th, 2009, 10:01 PM
GOOD NEWS!

i fixed the problem myself by using a belkin router rather than the one provided by my ISP. I entered the WEP and it worked!

thanks for your help! :)

chili555
May 10th, 2009, 10:22 PM
Great! Glad it's working for you. Enjoy your Ubuntu experience.