On this page I will try to
describe how to use the
Compaq Wireless LAN W200 interface with the Linux Redhat 9.0
This should work with other
distributions as well but name and location of configuration scripts may
Compaq EVO 610c notebook with Wireless LAN W200 and current
Bios release F.15A (August 2003). 2.0-GHz Mobile Intel®
Pentium® 4 Processor-M and one 40-GB hard disk. Redhat 9.0 (German) with current
kernel release 2.4.20-20.9. D-Link wireless router
Compaq Evo notebook n610c
Compaq Wireless LAN MultiPort W200
I configured a dual boot for Windows
XP and Linux using GRUP as the boot manager.
Warning : if you install Redhat 9.0 DON'T use ACPI (with
kernel 2.4.20) ! This would be the default. During boot the ACPI bios will
be detected and enabled (and therefore APM will be disabled) but the fan
will not work and you run into great trouble. Disable it with a 'acpi=off'
entry in '/boot/grup/menu.lst'.
I use this one :
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun
grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You do not have a /boot
partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths
are relative to /, eg.
Currently Hewlett-Packard doesn't provide Linux
drivers for the EVO notebooks. The ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics
controller, the 10/100 LAN interface and audio will work with the drivers/modules
bundled into Redhat 9.0. They will be detected and configured during
install automatically.The Wireless LAN W200 is NOT supported with the
current Redhat kernel and therefore you have to do some additional work !
: Download the necessary modules from
Manuel Estrada Sainz who maintains the Orinoco-USB version of the
Orinoco driver. This code should work for the following wireless lan cards :
ORiNOCO USB Client (0x047e/0x0300)
Agere Wireless USB Card Model 0801 (0x0d4e/0x1000)
HP Wireless USB WL215
IBM Internal High Rate
Wireless LAN PC Card 26P8030 (0x0d4e/0x047a)
Melco, Inc. BUFFALO
Thomson SpeedTouch 120
Wireless Lan USB Adaptor (0x0d4e/0x1000)
On this page you will also find the
RPM's for Redhat 9.0 provided by Øystein Olsen.
If you don't use Redhat (or Debian)
you have to download the source files.
You should now have an wlan0 network
device ready for use and your green LED on the W200 should be turned on (use
Fn-F2 in order to enable/disable the W200).