got it working. posted the details to my blog - http://linuxnotes.blogspot.com
turns out that the Intel firmware isnt in the download edition - it's
in the PowerPack pay version (silly software patent issues -
here's my notes on how i got it working:
1. Fresh 10.1 Official install
Set /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 and ifcfg-eth1 ONBOOT=no
This will prevent eth0 and eth1 confusion if you have eth0 network
card set to run off your work ethernet and eth1 to run off wireless at
note: su root when doing console level stuff.
2. Install kernel source via urpmi ( doing uname -r will tell you what
mandrake kernel you are using.)
3. Download Buchan Milne ipw2200 dkms rpm
4. Download latest firmware from
Select 0.17 current firmware - download the gzipped tar file
tar -xvzf firmware file.
6. copy firmware files ( they end in .fw) to /lib/hotplug/firmware
(create firmware dir if it doesnt exist) and /etc/firmware (read
somewhere that this can solve some problems)
7. now urpmi ipw2200-dkms-0.15-1mdk.noarch.rpm
Buchan Milnes ipw2200 package will install and do a bunch of perl stuff.
8. Go to Mandrake Control Center - Services - check that hotplug is
set to start at boot - turn it on as well.
10. ifup eth1
11. Browse - you are now wireless.
NOTE: your own DHCP, static, gateway etc settings need to be set in ifcfg-eth1
If you dont want to use DHCP, /etc/resolv.conf is where you put your
DNS server settings.
Here's my ifcfg-eth1 (home, wireless)
UPSHOT is this is all you need to get an Intel 2200 working:
1. buchan milne rpm 2. kernel source 3. firmware 4. hotplug enabled
(dkms and hotplug are enabled as default in fresh mandrake 10.1
install - just saying this in case you have switched them off)
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