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I need to install the wimax 6250 driver on a toshiba a665.  I downloaded the driver from Intel's sight but I do not know what to do with it.  Please help if you can, Ubuntu 12.04.
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by:Duncan Roe
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You shouldn't need to do this with a reasonably modern kernel (3.5+) - the driver will be there already. If your kernel is older, you will need to get a backport from http://drvbp1.linux-foundation.org/~mcgrof/rel-html/backports/
Please post the output from uname -r on your system, and we can take it from there
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by:mballa02
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3.8.0-29-generic

Do you think 32 or 64 bit would make a difference?

06:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 (rev 57)

Linux dave-Satellite-A665 3.8.0-29-generic #42~precise1-Ubuntu SMP Wed Aug 14 16:19:23 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
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32/64 shouldn't matter.  Your 3.8 kernel definitely has the driver already: at least, it has it in source form - whether or not your Ubuntu distribution includes it I cannot say.
I'm surprised that your kernel didn't already load the module automatically. Perhaps it did, and you have some other problem: does lsmod | grep iwlwifi show it as loaded already?
Assuming it wasn't loaded, try loading it (you need to be root for this): modprobe -v iwlwifi. I used -v for a little more output: here's what I see
13:05:28# modprobe -v iwlwifi
insmod /lib/modules/3.12.6-k8/kernel/net/wireless/cfg80211.ko 
insmod /lib/modules/3.12.6-k8/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/iwlwifi.ko 
13:05:50# 

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As a further check, you can run dmesg as in
13:05:50# dmesg|tail -10
[2231049.821591] cfg80211: Calling CRDA to update world regulatory domain
[2231049.822232] Intel(R) Wireless WiFi driver for Linux, in-tree:
[2231049.822234] Copyright(c) 2003-2013 Intel Corporation
[2231049.824695] cfg80211: World regulatory domain updated:
[2231049.824699] cfg80211:   (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp)
[2231049.824701] cfg80211:   (2402000 KHz - 2472000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
[2231049.824703] cfg80211:   (2457000 KHz - 2482000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
[2231049.824704] cfg80211:   (2474000 KHz - 2494000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
[2231049.824706] cfg80211:   (5170000 KHz - 5250000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
[2231049.824707] cfg80211:   (5735000 KHz - 5835000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
13:11:04# 

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You may see more lines of output then I did, because I don't actually have a WiMAX 6250 card in my system. You would need to give tail a bigger number than 10 in that case.
If iwlwifi was not found, you should be able to get it off your installation medium.
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by:mballa02
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Not sure why but the modprobe seems to have done it, thanks.


modprobe -v didn't return anything...

here is dmesg, it looks like it detects it...

[drm] Initialized i915 1.6.0 20080730 for 0000:00:02.0 on minor 0
snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: irq 45 for MSI/MSI-X
iwlwifi 0000:06:00.0: CONFIG_IWLWIFI_DEBUG disabled
iwlwifi 0000:06:00.0: CONFIG_IWLWIFI_DEBUGFS enabled
iwlwifi 0000:06:00.0: CONFIG_IWLWIFI_DEVICE_TRACING enabled
iwlwifi 0000:06:00.0: CONFIG_IWLWIFI_DEVICE_TESTMODE enabled
iwlwifi 0000:06:00.0: CONFIG_IWLWIFI_P2P disabled
iwlwifi 0000:06:00.0: Detected Intel(R) Centrino(R) Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 AGN, REV=0x84
iwlwifi 0000:06:00.0: L1 Enabled; Disabling L0S
input: HDA Intel MID HDMI/DP,pcm=3 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input8
input: HDA Intel MID Mic as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input9
input: HDA Intel MID Headphone as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input10
ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'iwl-agn-rs'
psmouse serio1: synaptics: Touchpad model: 1, fw: 7.4, id: 0x1e0b1, caps: 0xd04773/0xa40000/0xa0400, board id: 3655, fw id: 647346
psmouse serio1: synaptics: Toshiba Satellite A665 detected, limiting rate to 40pps.
input: SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad as /devices/platform/i8042/serio1/input/input11
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by:mballa02
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Not sure why modprobe didn't return anything but it started working after that.

Thanks.
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