No wireless interfaces displaied

John Heim jheim at
Mon Jun 11 20:49:35 UTC 2007

There are different commands for getting the wireless ethernet card working 
and the wired one. Lets start with wireless since we're further along there. 
After I explain how to get the wireless card working, you will probably be 
able to get the wired card working by yourself.

So what I did was google for 'linux driver 2915ABG '. That showed me that 
the driver for your card is called ipw2200.  You can tell if the driver for 
that card is loaded  with the lsmod command.  Type 'lsmod' . This will give 
a list of aall  the drivers currently loaded.  The first column is the 
driver name. It may be easier for you to find the driver if you type 'lsmod 
| grep ipw2200'.

The grep command is a string search program. So 'lsmod | grep ipw2200' says 
run lsmod, "pipe" the output to the grep command, and search for the string 

If you can't find the driver with lsmod, That means it is not loaded. In 
that case, you would type 'modprobe -v ipw2200'.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jürgen Dengo" <jyrgen.dengo at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 11:55 AM
Subject: Re: No wireless interfaces displaied

>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
> and
> Field Value
> Bus 1, Device 1, Function 0 Realtek RTL8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter 
> [A/B/C]
> 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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