i finally got wireless working

Nick Withers nick at nickwithers.com
Sun Dec 17 01:54:09 PST 2006

On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 01:07:05 -0600
Jonathan Horne <freebsd at dfwlp.com> wrote:

> On Sunday 17 December 2006 00:40, Bill-Schoolcraft wrote:
> > Good work Jonathan,
> >
> > As usual with fellow FreeBSD users, any information about how you
> > got past your problem is stuff Unix folks like me love to hear.
> > I actually save success stories like yours to help me out with
> > wireless issues.
> >
> > I can only speak for myself but I'd love to hear how ya did it.
> thanks!  i was quite proud of my efforts myself!  its a pretty good
> feeling to complete a project in an area where i have  little
> expertise (especially when (good) internet docs are few and far
> between).  after all the docs i read, and bad advice i followed,
> bad decisions i made, it all boiled down to a pretty simple recipe:


> one big mistake i made, was building world up to 6.2-RC1.  there
> was one good article about installing freebsd on an ibm t42 (found
> it on google), but it didnt have any info on getting wireless to
> auto start.  after i had wireless manually up and running
> initially, i then built world, and updated.  next boot, firmware
> and modules would not load.  i had tweaked some other things, so i
> backed those changes off, and worked round and round until i
> decided to just do a quick reinstall.  this time, i didnt use
> 6.1-RELEASE, but i did 6.2-RC1.  same behavior, and this is when i
> figured out that the only time it really worked like the web page
> depicted, was when i was on 6.1-RELEASE.  so i tried cvsuping to
> -p11, and things still worked fine.  this is the only laptop i have
> (thus, my only wireless computer), so when 6.2 comes out, ill be
> pretty nervous about upgrading until i read that everything i
> kosher with iwi- support.

It works fine.

Please see the UPDATING entry from the 2006-07-11, i.e.:

        The iwi(4) was updated to use the firmware(9) framework.  In order
        for it to work you need a port change from net/iwi-firmware to

> cheers,
> jonathan
Nick Withers
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