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9Oct/072

Making Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 work on Debian Lenny

After updating the kernel today to 2.6.22-2, everything but my wireless card seems to work! (sound didn't work properly before)

It turns out I need some proprietary firmware to get it running in Lenny (aka Testing), so here's a quick step by step:

- Fire up a terminal
- Go into superuser mode: su -
- Then: gedit /etc/apt/sources.list (or "kate /etc/apt/sources.list" if you're under KDE)
- There you should add the following line at the end: deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ lenny non-free contrib
- Save, then run: aptitude update
- Then we need to install the firmware and the module: aptitude install firmware-ipw3945 ipw3945d ipw3945-modules-`uname -r`
- You should have wireless now 😀

You don't?
Take a look in: http://forums.debian.net/

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  1. It seems that the package is now called “firmware-iwlwifi”.

  2. This works if you have an alternate connection. I am working with wireless only connection. Perhaps an addendum on what to get through other means (dual boot with winders as the alt boot) and how to install would be useful.


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