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Intel Pro Wireless 2200 not working [partly solved]
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Spielmops

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PostPosted: Thu 25 Jan 2018, 08:57    Post subject:  Intel Pro Wireless 2200 not working [partly solved]
Subject description: There's a parity-error while loading firmware
 

On my old Thinkpad 570 I removed the modem and inserted intead a wifi-card Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG. The card is visible through

Code:
# lspci
00:00.0 ...
....
00:07.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection (rev 05)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Neomagic ....

The module is loaded, but does not work. If I unload and reload:
Code:
# modprobe -r ipw2200
# modprobe -v ipw2200
# insmod /lib/modules/3.14.55/kernel/net/wireless/lib80211.ko
insmod: ERROR: could not insert module /lib/modules/3.14.55/kernel/net/wireless/lib80211.ko: File exists
# insmod /lib/modules/3.14.55/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2x00/libipw.ko
insmod: ERROR: could not insert module /lib/modules/3.14.55/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2x00/libipw.ko: File exists
# insmod /lib/modules/3.14.55/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2x00/ipw2200.ko
insmod: ERROR: could not insert module /lib/modules/3.14.55/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2x00/ipw2200.ko: File exists

And in dmesg the command tells me:
Code:
Jan 26 11:08:00 puppypc2618 user.info kernel: ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.2.2kmpr
Jan 26 11:08:00 puppypc2618 user.info kernel: ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
Jan 26 11:08:00 puppypc2618 user.info kernel: ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Jan 26 11:08:00 puppypc2618 user.warn kernel: ipw2200: Parity error.  Retrying init.
Jan 26 11:08:00 puppypc2618 user.warn kernel: ipw2200: Parity error.  Retrying init.
Jan 26 11:08:00 puppypc2618 user.warn kernel: ipw2200: Parity error.  Retrying init.
Jan 26 11:08:00 puppypc2618 user.err kernel: ipw2200: TODO: Handle parity error -- schedule restart?
Jan 26 11:08:00 puppypc2618 user.err kernel: ipw2200: Unable to load firmware: -5
Jan 26 11:08:00 puppypc2618 user.warn kernel: ipw2200: probe of 0000:00:07.0 failed with error -5

The firmware-files are present:
Code:
# ls -l /lib/firmware/ | grep ipw2200
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  191142 Dez  8  2013 ipw2200-bss.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  185660 Dez  8  2013 ipw2200-ibss.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  187836 Dez  8  2013 ipw2200-sniffer.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   12007 Dez  8  2013 LICENSE.ipw2200-fw
#

Any help available?

Spielmops

Last edited by Spielmops on Wed 31 Jan 2018, 09:55; edited 1 time in total
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Thu 25 Jan 2018, 09:55    Post subject:  

What Puppy are you using?

I just did a test of "modprobe -v ipw2200" in a Slacko and it worked fine.
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Spielmops

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PostPosted: Thu 25 Jan 2018, 11:10    Post subject:  

Slacko 6.3 with Kernel 3.14.55
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PostPosted: Thu 25 Jan 2018, 11:47    Post subject:  

I don't have a machine with this adapter. But I did a clean install of Slacko 630 and ran the "modprobe -v ipw2200" command. It worked fine.

So I don't know what else to say.
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Sailor Enceladus

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PostPosted: Thu 25 Jan 2018, 15:36    Post subject:  

I have ipw2200 wifi as well. Have had no problems with 32-bit Slacko 6.3.0, 6.3.2, 6.9.9.9, or 5.7. I'll try your commands when I get home to see what it says.

edit: This is what I got in a Slacko 5.7.1 build. Guessing 6.3 would be similar as it works for me too

Code:
# lspci
02:03.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection (rev 05)
# modprobe -r ipw2200
# modprobe -v ipw2200
insmod /lib/modules/3.18.92/kernel/net/wireless/cfg80211.ko
insmod /lib/modules/3.18.92/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2x00/libipw.ko
insmod /lib/modules/3.18.92/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2x00/ipw2200.ko
# dmesg
ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.2.2kmprq
ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
ipw2200: Detected geography ZZM (11 802.11bg channels, 0 802.11a channels)
# ls -l /lib/firmware/ | grep ipw2200
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 191142 Dec  8  2013 ipw2200-bss.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 185660 Dec  8  2013 ipw2200-ibss.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 187836 Dec  8  2013 ipw2200-sniffer.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  12007 Dec  8  2013 LICENSE.ipw2200-fw
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PostPosted: Fri 26 Jan 2018, 07:20    Post subject:  

menu->Setup->Internet Connection Wizard->Wired or wireless LAN->Network Wizard

Network Wizard wireless connection steps.

1. Select Network Wizard
2. Select wlan0 (your network card may have a different description)
3. Select Wireless in the Configure wireless network box.
4. Select Scan and your ESSID should come up.
5. Select your ESSID and OK
6. Give a name to your profile. It should already be what you selected in step 5.
7. Encryption. Most people use WPA/TKIP - select it or WPA2.
8. A box will open for you to write the WPA password. It is called a Shared Key. Enter the password.
9. Leave the other boxes as they are. Rarely do these need adjustment.
9. Select Save
10. Select Use This Profile
11. A box will appear showing Puppy trying to connect
12. A box will come up “REPORT ON TEST 0f wlan0CONNECTION”
13. Select Auto DHCP in the Configure interface box and it will go through a handshake routine. and declare itself successful
14. Select done

If something does not work.
What step?
You do what?
You see what?


Also make sure your system's time zone setting is correct - if not, many website's certificates then act as if they are expired, and the webpage won't display.

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PostPosted: Fri 26 Jan 2018, 12:46    Post subject:  

@bigpup
If the firmware for a wireless-lan-card can not be loaded, then you do not get a network-device, which you can configure ....

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PostPosted: Fri 26 Jan 2018, 17:47    Post subject:  

Spielmops wrote:
Slacko 6.3 with Kernel 3.14.55

Installed How?
Full or frugal?
What format is the partition it is installed on?

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PostPosted: Fri 26 Jan 2018, 18:44    Post subject:  

@bigpup
I would prefer an answer to the questions: what could be the reason for a parity-error? What is the meaning of "error -5". And not stupid questions. What has this error to do with full install, frugal install, live run? And what with the filesystem? (It's ext4 by the way)

I am working with linux-computers since 19 years and installed many OS-es on many machines. I had to do with many difficulties and know, how to solve them. But I never had this error and have no clue, how to deal with it and I do not find any solution with Google. That's the reason, why I ask those questions above.
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PostPosted: Sat 27 Jan 2018, 06:37    Post subject:  

The ThinkPad 570 is a Pentium II 300MHz with 64MB ram?
https://www.cnet.com/products/ibm-thinkpad-570-series/specs/

Maybe inserting the wifi-card instead of using the modem it came with just doesn't work in your hardware?

edit: I found a related thread, where they couldn't get this to work on Windows either
https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/ibm-thinkpad-570-and-mini-pci-wireless.1554119/
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PostPosted: Sat 27 Jan 2018, 08:38    Post subject:  

It' s that Thinkpad 570. The specs there fail in case of RAM: a BX 440-chipset supports 256MB RAM per slot. And my Thinkpad has now 300MB ...

Intel IPW2200 not working in an Intel-Computer? I do not believe that. The card is recognized. But I will try another card with Atheros-chip.

I'll write here about it.

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PostPosted: Sat 27 Jan 2018, 09:01    Post subject:  

Spielmops wrote:
@bigpup
I would prefer an answer to the questions: what could be the reason for a parity-error? What is the meaning of "error -5". And not stupid questions. What has this error to do with full install, frugal install, live run? And what with the filesystem? (It's ext4 by the way)

Simple answer.
The install is bad or corrupted by using a bad downloaded iso file or placing it on a partition that has a corrupted file system.
Puppy can be installed on a Windows format. NTFS, FAT 32, etc....
That has other issues, sometimes.

Puppy works very different as a frugal install from a full install.

Ext4 is not the perfect file system you may think it is.

You would be surprised how often a bad install causes this type problem.

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PostPosted: Sat 27 Jan 2018, 09:09    Post subject:  

Slacko 6.3 may not be the best Puppy for that computer.
Not all Puppies support all hardware.

Tahrpup 6.0.5 may give you better support.

Pentium II and 300MB ram is at the very bottom of what Puppy can run on.
It may run, but not be able to do much.
Definitely need a Linux swap partition.

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PostPosted: Sat 27 Jan 2018, 09:21    Post subject:  

Anything here help you?
https://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-1714857.html

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PostPosted: Sat 27 Jan 2018, 15:20    Post subject:  

Interesting thread, but:
Quote:
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ipw2200 driverversion=1.2.2kmprq firmware=ABG:9.0.2.6

it seems that this is the wrong firmware.

That gave me the idea, to explore if this has to do with IRQs. I will examine that.

What is in your opinion the better filesystem? I use ext4 since it was invited and I tested it with brutal crashes eg. power off while writing. And it never failed except the wwritten data were lost .... (I expected it)

Slacko and this machine: you would be extremly astonished, if you would see how well this old mashine is working. I can hold Midori with 4 tabs, Thunar, Geany, 2 times Urxvt and the package-manager open at the same time and have nothing in the swap-partition. I often surf and listen to music at the same time without stutter.

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