Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Linux Mint 10 & Intel Centrino Wireless Card

Today, I got a new laptop and chose to install Linux Mint 10. While the wired connection worked after the install, I had a little trouble with the wireless card, a Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200.

For my Google searches, I verified the type of card using:

  $ lspci -v
01:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Device 008a (rev 34)
Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device 5325
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 48
Memory at d1600000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

In short, to fix the problem I had to upgrade to kernel version 2.6.38 from 2.6.35 and install a driver.

To upgrade my kernel, I followed the helpful instructions here: Upgrade Instructions.

After a reboot, the splash screen and dmesg presented the following complaint:

  [   15.131819] iwlagn 0000:01:00.0: request for firmware file 'iwlwifi-6000g2b-5.ucode' failed.
[ 15.131870] iwlagn 0000:01:00.0: no suitable firmware found!

To resolve this issue, I download the driver, iwlwifi-6000g2b-ucode- from Intel Wireless WiFi Link drivers for Linux.

After unpacking the tar, I copied the driver to /lib/firmware:

  iwlwifi-6000g2b-ucode- $ sudo cp iwlwifi-6000g2b-5.ucode /lib/firmware

After another reboot, I was able to use my wireless card. Hopefully, this post will help anyone else in a similar situation.


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