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Wireless card IBM thinkpad A31p on Suse 9.0

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the thinkpad A31p has an internal wireless network card (Actiontec Electronics Prism 2.5 Wavelan chipset). Linux recognizes it, but wireless does not work. Actiontec says the build the card for IBM, but do not provide support to OEM products. So i'm on my own on this one.

Anybody know how get wireless working on the A31p?
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 2000 total points
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This page http://www.astro.unibas.ch/~loeffler/thinkpad/p3-kernelconf.xhtml#wireless claims that it does work with Linux (in this case Debian). What problems do you have? Which Linux distribution are you using?
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I just noticed the SuSE 9.0 in the title. Sorry about that.
I assume that you configure the card with YaST2.
Did you provide the correct essid? Are you using an access point? If so, is your access point configured to accept connections from your Thinkpad?
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This page http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2002/11/wavelan.html has information about configuration and troubleshooting WLAN cards with SuSE Linux.
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Thanks for helping.
Internet works only when ethernet cable is connected.
Wireless use to work under windows, so I know that from a hardware point-of-view everything works. In fact i'm using the wireless Linksys router/accesspoint right now from my wife's laptop (she's using w2k).

Yes I used YaST2 to configure. Yes I provided the ESSID (ESSID is the name of the wireless network right?)

The link you gave me is too general, it doesn't cover my specific case :(. Thanks anyhow. Any other suggestions?

I think my problem involves finding the correct settings for Actiontec Electronics Prism 2.5 Wavelan chipset, just a thought, what do you think?
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I doubt that you need any specific settings for the Actiontec acapter.

The ESSID is the "password" for your wireless network. You need (at least) three pieces of information: The network name, the type of network (managed or ad-hoc) and the essid.
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