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eswarpabolu
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wifi drivers of linux for thinkpad r500

hi everyone

please assist me how to use wifi in lenovo thinkpad r500

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Re: wifi drivers of linux for thinkpad r500

eswarpabolu, welcome to the forum,

 

you might like to offer members a little more information about your R500 in order to help them help you. Which R500 do you have? Maybe you could post the type and model number or at least post which WLAN card it has.

 

Thanks

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Re: wifi drivers of linux for thinkpad r500

I am in the same boat. If you have the same wireless as me (thinkpad 11b/g/n wireless lan mini pci express adapter ii, aka realtek 8172 or 8192se in windows) right now there isn't a clear cut option, see this link:

 

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/ThinkPad_11b/g/n_Wireless_LAN_Mini-PCI_Express_Adapter_II

 

Also see this forum thread:

 

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Linux-Discussion/No-Driver-for-WLAN-on-T500-for-Linux/td-p/158502

 

If you google this issue (realtek 8172 linux or similar) there are some forum entries speaking of some success using ndiswrapper.

 

I personally have chosen to wait, as I don't have much experience with linux and have broken my system once in the past. There are rumors of support in an upcoming kernel.

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Re: wifi drivers of linux for thinkpad r500

Rumors? no no... almost in kernel .31 or .32

.33? jeje

 

maybe in some years Smiley Mad

 

here is the last official rumor: http://osdir.com/ml/linux-wireless/2009-07/msg01554.html

 

In some weeks I will change my realtek for an Intel Wifi Link 5300

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Re: wifi drivers of linux for thinkpad r500

If you have a Realtek 8192SE, I may be able to help.

 

I just got my R400 wireless working in Ubuntu 9.04 and could give you the steps I followed to get it up.

 

Respond to let me know the wireless card you are using, hopefully you can do what I did and not have to get a new card.

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Re: wifi drivers of linux for thinkpad r500

hello fotsir: you are talking about this: LINK ?

my wireless card is a Realtek 8192se.

Under linux 32 bits work with ndiswrapper, but under linux 64 bits no. Smiley Mad

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Re: wifi drivers of linux for thinkpad r500

I use 32 bit, yes.

 

Actually, I didn't know about that particular informational link, but I had tried the 1080.7.0520 driver with a little success. I may have been doing something wrong, I am green. Firstly, the driver would power on the wireless card and connect with the router, but only without any encryption. Next, the driver would cause my system to hang on the Lenovo start up screen if I attempted to restart from Ubuntu. If I shut down and then powered up it wouldn't hang; only during a restart would it get stuck.

 

I ended up trying every driver that I could find. Most wouldn't even power up the card (judging by the wireless LED below the screen). Only two would power it up, the 0520 mentioned and 1085.8.0727 (which I also got from station-drivers.com, as in the link for 0520).

 

I then roughly followed the instructions here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=202834 and now it is working w/ the 0727 driver. I may have been able to use the 0520, but the restarting issue for me was a deal-breaker. This link has you remove Network Manager, Network, etc. so these won't alter the /etc/network/interfaces file that you add information too. This to me is the only downside, but I'm not so sure it will end badly, I'm just newbish.

 

Have you gotten yours to work? With the 0520 and Network Manager? Does encrypted work?

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