Wireless with Ubuntu and Debian on the Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V2000D

I've been setting up Ubuntu on my mother's laptop because the Windows XP system that it came with 5 years ago is grinding to a halt. With a 1.5GHz Celeron M processor it's not exactly a supercomputer but with a fresh new Linux system it can still be a decent, useful computer for several more years.

I went for Lubuntu because it's lightweight and easy to use.

The drivers for the wireless card are included “out of the box” with all recent versions of Ubuntu but there is a hardware RF kill switch that stops the card from being turned on and detected properly. We need to use the modprobe command to load a driver that is capable of interacting with this switch:

sudo modprobe wistron_btns

Loading this module makes the special buttons next to the keyboard operational. Press the wi-fi toggle button and wireless networking should become active.

Now the wireless should work until you next reboot.

If you want the wireless to switch on at system start you need edit the /etc/modules file

sudo nano /etc/modules and add wistron_btns to the bottom of the list. From now on the driver module will be loaded at boot.

I hope this is of use to someone.

Information gathered from: http://art.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1336863 http://ubuntu-ky.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1221226 http://odzangba.wordpress.com/2007/05/15/intel-corporation-prowireless-2200bg-amilo-pro-v2000-ubuntu/ http://www.zwobbl.de/2007/11/05/fsam7400-rfsam-are-obsolete/

Comments

Could you please explain in the details how did you solve the problem for Amilo Pro v3505.
I have the same laptop and append

wistron_btns

to the end of the file /etc/modules, but it does not work. Should I do something else?

It´s just to thank you. It solve my problem on a fujitsu siemens amilo pro v2000.

Thank you! I searched the internet for hours to finally find this beautiful solution.
Now my old Amilo M7400 connects perfectly via Wifi.

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