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    Cisco t30 wireless

    hi all,

    i have been looking on the internet for the answer but not found an answer.

    i have a old ibm t30 laptop with ubuntu 11.04 32-bit installed and all works fine apart from the wireless.

    running the lspci gives this:

    02:02.0 Network controller: AIRONET Wireless Communications Cisco Aironet Wireless 802.11b

    how do i install this wireless card i believe it is a cisco aironet 350
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    Re: Cisco t30 wireless

    Ooh! I love old Thinkpads! I have had a few and still have a T40. The driver for your card is probably already built in. We need to see the pci.id to know why it's not driving your card already. Please run and post:
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep Network
    lsmod
    Thanks.
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    Re: Cisco t30 wireless

    thanks for the fast reply

    elliot@ibm:~$ lspci -nn | grep Network
    02:02.0 Network controller [0280]: AIRONET Wireless Communications Cisco Aironet Wireless 802.11b [14b9:a504]
    elliot@ibm:~$ lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    nls_iso8859_1 12617 1
    nls_cp437 12751 1
    vfat 17335 1
    fat 55505 1 vfat
    usb_storage 43946 1
    uas 17676 0
    i2c_dev 13116 0
    i2c_i801 17265 0
    cpuid 12774 0
    snd_intel8x0 33213 2
    snd_ac97_codec 105614 1 snd_intel8x0
    ac97_bus 12642 1 snd_ac97_codec
    radeon 896428 2
    snd_pcm 80244 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec
    thinkpad_acpi 73750 0
    snd_seq_midi 13132 0
    snd_rawmidi 25269 1 snd_seq_midi
    pcmcia 39671 0
    snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
    binfmt_misc 13213 1
    ttm 65184 1 radeon
    joydev 17322 0
    ppdev 12849 0
    snd_seq 51291 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    drm_kms_helper 40745 1 radeon
    cryptd 19801 0
    aes_i586 16956 1
    aes_generic 38023 1 aes_i586
    snd_timer 28659 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    drm 180037 4 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    snd_seq_device 14110 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    yenta_socket 27230 0
    airo 73165 0
    pcmcia_rsrc 18292 1 yenta_socket
    pcmcia_core 21505 3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,pcmcia_rsrc
    snd 55295 12 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,thinkpad_acpi, snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    psmouse 73312 0
    irda 185091 0
    i2c_algo_bit 13184 1 radeon
    serio_raw 12990 0
    snd_page_alloc 14073 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
    shpchp 32345 0
    parport_pc 32111 1
    soundcore 12600 1 snd
    video 18951 0
    nvram 14035 1 thinkpad_acpi
    crc_ccitt 12595 1 irda
    lp 13349 0
    parport 36746 3 ppdev,parport_pc,lp
    usbhid 41704 0
    hid 77084 1 usbhid
    e100 40108 0
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    Re: Cisco t30 wireless

    As you can see in lsmod, the module airo is loaded. Makes some sense for an Aironet card, doesn't it? Now, let's have a look at:
    Code:
    rfkill list all
    iwconfig
    dmesg | grep airo
    The pipe symbol | is on the right side of my US keyboard on the same key with \. Thanks.
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    Re: Cisco t30 wireless

    rfkill list all - no output

    elliot@ibm:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    eth1 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID:""
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Invalid
    Bit Rate:11 Mb/s Tx-Power=17 dBm Sensitivity=0/65535
    Retry limit:16 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Power Managementff
    Link Quality=0/100 Signal level=-105 dBm Noise level=-96 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:1020 Missed beacon:0

    wifi0 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID:""
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Invalid
    Bit Rate:11 Mb/s Tx-Power=17 dBm Sensitivity=0/65535
    Retry limit:16 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Power Managementff
    Link Quality=0/100 Signal level=-105 dBm Noise level=-96 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:1020 Missed beacon:0
    elliot@ibm:~$ dmesg | grep airo
    [ 10.847023] airo(): Probing for PCI adapters
    [ 10.890720] airo 0000:02:02.0: PCI INT A -> Link[LNKC] -> GSI 11 (level, low) -> IRQ 11
    [ 10.890759] airo(): Found an MPI350 card
    [ 13.000577] airo(eth1): Firmware version 5.41.00
    [ 13.000583] airo(eth1): WPA supported.
    [ 13.000588] airo(eth1): MAC enabled 00:0e:9b:1b:c4:76
    [ 13.002575] airo(): Finished probing for PCI adapters
    thanks for the help
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    Re: Cisco t30 wireless

    Looks perfect to me! You have a driver, a wireless interface and no complaints in dmesg. When you click the Network Manager icon, do you see networks? Your own? Does it try to connect?

    By the way, I am surprised by this:
    airo(eth1): WPA supported.
    It may be suggesting that, due to the age of this card, it supports WPA and not WPA2. I really don't know for sure. Is your network set to WPA2? Can you change to good old-fashioned WPA?
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    Re: Cisco t30 wireless

    if i click on the network icon on the top right of the screen it says

    "wireless networks - disconnected"

    i have made sure the wireless card is not disabled via a "fn" key function and i have also checked in the bios.

    any other ideas ?
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    Re: Cisco t30 wireless

    Are there any interesting messages in:
    Code:
    sudo iwlist eth1 scan
    cat /etc/network/interfaces
    dmesg | grep eth1
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    Re: Cisco t30 wireless

    elliot@ibm:~$ sudo iwlist eth1 scan
    [sudo] password for elliot:
    eth1 No scan results
    thanks
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    Re: Cisco t30 wireless

    Quote Originally Posted by elliotbeken View Post
    thanks
    How about the other commands?
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