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Thread: wireless on toshiba laptop w/ intel 3945abg

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    wireless on toshiba laptop w/ intel 3945abg

    The Toshiba (satellite a205-s5855 model) laptop has this card:
    Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection

    According to:'s supported... right?

    Apparently I need the "ipw3945" driver... how do I get it?

    I'm running Ubuntu (Studio) 8.04.

    System>Administration>Hardware Drivers
    ...that pulls up an empty window.

    Is there a link to a howto for getting wireless working?
    I've checked the stickies and haven't seen step-by-step instructions, or similar.

    Thank you.

    Update, okay it looks like I have the driver "iwl3945"...
    "lshw -C network" gives me this:
           description: Wireless interface
           product: PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:05:00.0
           logical name: wmaster0
           version: 02
           serial: 00:[etc.]
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: bus_master cap_list logical ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwl3945 latency=0 module=iwl3945 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g
    EDIT 2:
    Since the laptop says the wireless card is using driver iwl3945 (although a thread in here says use ipw3945 drivder)... and since I came across a thread that mentioned some kind of "fix" for the iwl3945, I found this recommended command:
    sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-hardy-generic
    ...should I do that or just leave it as is? (I don't want to screw anything up.)

    EDIT 3:
    Here's some more...
    $ sudo iwlist wlan0 scan
    wlan0     Scan completed :
              Cell 01 - Address: 00:[etc.]
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Quality=81/100  Signal level=-92 dBm  Noise level=-127 dBm
                        Encryption key:off
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                                  24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
                                  12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
    Last edited by Th3Professor; May 25th, 2008 at 02:06 AM.


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