View Full Version : [ubuntu] Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG In Hardy

May 12th, 2008, 05:46 PM
Hey all! Hope you can help with this...

Basically my friend got sick of using windows and wanted a change, he discovered that I was using Ubuntu and really wanted to try it out. To keep things nice and easy I told him to do a wubi install (I'm not sure if it relates to the problem but it seems worth mentioning)to see if he likes it.

Great, installed with no problems/assistance and everything was working except the wireless. I'm not new to having wireless driver issues in ubuntu so I was kind of prepared for this to happen.

My friend has this (http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/ho/WF05a/21675-38187-179483-179483-179483-80208255.html) laptop which apparently has the card stated in the thread title in it. I've read that the new kernel in Hardy already has the driver required by default, although it can need a bit of persuasion in order to play nicely. I've tried the instuction given here (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=4881314&postcount=7) but still no luck. There is no wlan0 interface in the network manager and I'm not sure where to go from here (I have read a lot of threads, back to the days of Dapper but I think those solutions might be outdated now.) If anyone has any ideas on making this work I'd love to hear them.

Oh and I forgot to mention: I only really see him in school and there are only networks with security on to test if the wireless is working -I mean we can see them, but not connect! And there is no way I can plug his laptop into the school's network as it is locked aswell, so I'd prefer a solution which involves bringing files to school on a memory stick or downloading them on the school's computers and copying them over. Not a lot to ask I know... ;) He really wants to change from Windows so once this issue is sorted I think it'll be all down hill!

Anyways, sorry for the overly long post but I guess situation needed some explaining. Any help or input on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


PS: Would using another app instead of networkmanager make it anymore likely to work?

May 12th, 2008, 07:17 PM
Hmm I've just read a thread which suggests that the new kernel in hardy doesn't like this card/it's driver for most people. So do I just give up and tell him that he'll have to wait until 'Intrepid Ibex' or carry on with some of the various solutions mentioned?

Any advice on a specific method would be great.

It seems that the biggest problem in my situation is the lack of internet to install stuff through the terminal in some of the methods.

For me at least, the wireless device support is the only downfall of linux at present. An OS without internet for most people is useless nowadays.


EDIT: I think I'll try this (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=733054) badboy tomorrow.

May 12th, 2008, 08:12 PM
This is what did it for a lot of us here: http://linuxtechie.wordpress.com/2008/04/24/making-intel-wireless-3945abg-work-better-on-ubuntu-hardy/

May 12th, 2008, 08:52 PM
Yeah, I read that but I haven't got an internet connection for the apt-get step. It really is a pain not having a connection. Ah well, I'll feel more of a sense of achievment if I fix it without the internet.

Thanks anyways, -that's Plan B if this one goes to pot.