No wireless interfaces displaied

Jürgen Dengo jyrgen.dengo at
Mon Jun 11 16:55:30 UTC 2007

I went to the windows environment and checked out that I have.
Field Value
Bus 1, Device 2, Function 0 Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Field Value
Bus 1, Device 1, Function 0 Realtek RTL8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter 
Hopefully this helps, I found other's having problems with the support for 
this card too, but ubuntu seemed to handle it correctly.
With regards
Jürgen Dengo
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Heim" <jheim at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 5:11 PM
Subject: Re: No wireless interfaces displaied

> I'm thinking that "not turned on" means the drivers were not loaded.
> A driver is a program the operating  system uses to control a piece of 
> hardware like a wireless  ethernet card. If you don't load the driver, the 
> operating system doesn't know  the the device even exists. With wireless 
> cards, they identify themselves via a string of text which you can see if 
> you run the 'discover' command. That string is used by the operating 
> system to identify the card and then the proper driver is supposed to be 
> loaded automatically. So something went wrong there when you installed 
> etch.
> If this is a fairly new laptop, it is possible that the driver  wasn't 
> available at the time when the installation CD you used was crated.  What 
> you need to do is find out which driver (if any) is used with your 
> ethernet card and load the driver. Run either the lspci command or the 
> discover command and find out exactly which wireless ethernet card you 
> have. Post that info to this list and then we can figure out which driver 
> will work with your card.
> I installed finally my debian etch system and managed to install the 
> wireless-tools package. I ran the iwconfig command and the system showd 
> that now wireless interfaces were supported or found. I did it all in the 
> console. Then I handed it over to my instructor, he told that the network 
> cards were turned off, but after turning them on, there was no change. 
> Should I have ran an iwlist command first and if there's a way to solve 
> this problem, please answer.
> With regards
> Jürgen Dengo
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