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Thread: Can't locate iwlwifi-2030-5.ucode

  1. #1
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    Sep 2011

    Can't locate iwlwifi-2030-5.ucode

    I can't get my wireless card to load.. it's driving me nuts!

    Below is a 'dmesg | grep iw'

    [    3.774675] iwlagn: Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link AGN driver for Linux, in-tree:
    [    3.774681] iwlagn: Copyright(c) 2003-2011 Intel Corporation
    [    3.774767] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
    [    3.774782] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
    [    3.774829] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: Detected 2000 Series 2x2 BGN/BT, REV=0xC8
    [    3.793232] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: device EEPROM VER=0x81c, CALIB=0x6
    [    3.793239] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: Device SKU: 0X9
    [    3.793244] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: Valid Tx ant: 0X3, Valid Rx ant: 0X3
    [    3.794259] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: Tunable channels: 13 802.11bg, 0 802.11a channels
    [    3.796580] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: irq 44 for MSI/MSI-X
    [    4.002762] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: request for firmware file 'iwlwifi-2030-5.ucode' failed.
    [    4.002770] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: no suitable firmware found!
    [    4.002899] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A disabled
    For some reason I can't get this to work at all. It looks like it's loaded, then tries to load the firmware file again and can't find it? I don't understand.

    Nothing shows up when I do iwconfig obviously. The lspci is:

    02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Device 0887 (rev c4)
    	Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device 4062
    	Flags: fast devsel, IRQ 17
    	Memory at c0500000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
    	Capabilities: <access denied>
    	Kernel modules: iwlagn
    I am on kernel 3.0.0-12-generic 64bit.

    This is crucial and driving me nuts!

    Any help would be appreciated!

    (Did I say nuts?)
    Last edited by caeso; September 24th, 2012 at 09:38 AM. Reason: Clarification

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Penticton, B.C., Canada
    Lubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Can't locate iwlwifi-2030-5.ucode

    You asked about this almost 4 months ago, but for what it's worth...

    If you use
    lspci -nn
    you'll get a list of your pci-connected hardware (with both the textual and numerical ID's).
    If you use
    lspci -nn | grep -i Audio
    it'll just show you the info for your audio device instead of the whole list. You may or may not have to capitalize the first letter of the work audio in that command.
    In your case the numerical ID is 8086:0887 .

    From the output you gave for the 'dmesg | grep iw' command, it says
    62] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: request for firmware file 'iwlwifi-2030-5.ucode' failed
    Unfortunately, I can't tell you where to find iwlwifi-2030-5.ucode .
    A similar piece of firmware, iwlwifi-2030-6.ucode can be extracted from the folder iwlwifi-2030-ucode- which can be found at
    but since that is not the same firmware it probably wouldn't work (I'm guessing).
    If you do find the one you want, copy it into the system folder /lib/firmware. If your using the terminal you could navigate to the folder where you've extracted iwlwifi-2030-5.ucode and use the command
    sudo cp /lib/firmware
    Then reboot. I've read this worked for others. I did it in a different (ubuntu-based) distribution and then I could see available hardware with the iwconfig command (wlan0 was showing info). I also had to open WICD and in the wireless interface field (the space in the gui to enter info) I had to put wlan0 . That would connect my wifi but it would drop out once in a while. I could reconnect it each time but it was a pain.

    Actually, I'm looking for iwlwifi-2030-5.ucode as well. If you find it please post here where to get it.
    Last edited by okanagansage; January 14th, 2013 at 11:01 AM. Reason: bad grammar

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Penticton, B.C., Canada
    Lubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Can't locate iwlwifi-2030-5.ucode
    At the above link the person says that they were getting the request for iwlwifi-2030-5.ucode, then (s)he says they found the "2030 ucode", reloaded the iwlwifi kernel module (presumably with modprobe iwlwifi)
    and doing a “ifconfig” wlan got detected by the router and setup hence:
    wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 68:5d:43:02:11:bf
    inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
    inet6 addr: fe80::6a5d:43ff:fe02:11bf/64 Scope:Link
    RX packets:3041 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:1932 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:2525361 (2.5 MB) TX bytes:391475 (391.4 KB)
    It doesn't specifically say if the -5 or -6 firmware was used. I posted a question on their blog to find out. If I get an answer I'll post it here.


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