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Re: [gNewSense-users] Problem going wireless, please help, thanks!

From: Morne Alberts
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Problem going wireless, please help, thanks!
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 18:44:14 +0200

Hi Guido,

On Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM, guido mezzalana <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello!
> My compliments for the gnewsense distro!
> Unfortunately I cannot enjoy it because i do have only wireless connection.
> I have a IBM Thinkpad t60 with iwl3945 as driver.

That chip requires non-free firmware to work. gNewSense does not ship
with non-free firmware. The best solution is to buy a USB wireless
stick that does not require non-free firmware. Thinkpad laptops are
picky about replacing the internal wifi card, so it is much easier to
use a USB stick.

My Thinkpad T61 also requires non-free firmware for the wireless, so I
got a USB stick. Have a look at
 to see which chipsets are fully free. I got such a USB stick from
ThinkPenguin, (I am not affiliated with them. I
hope mentioning them is not against the list rules). The owner, Chris,
is very helpful and they've been selling/working with free hardware
for a few years now. If you buy a stick elsewhere, be sure to find out
what firmware it uses so you can determine if it will work without
non-free firmware.

> Please, could you help me to connect via wireless?

If you do not get a free wireless replacement chip/stick, then you
will have to figure out how to add the non-free firmware yourself.

> Thanks in advance for your time and help!
> Cordially,
> Guido
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