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On my Debian squeeze, I had trouble making my WiFi card work on my HP DV5 laptop. Indeed, I could not activate the WiFi card under debian, even if I logged into windows and put it on/off.
To debug the problem under Debian, I tried:
But this command led to an error confirmed in the “/var/log/syslog” system logs:
Nov 10 16:11:05 LaptopPerso kernel: [ 149.968739] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: firmware: requesting iwlwifi-5000-2.ucode
Nov 10 16:11:05 LaptopPerso kernel: [ 149.973093] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: iwlwifi-5000-2.ucode firmware file req failed: -2
I solved this problem by unstalling the right drivers, as follows:
sudo shutdown -r now