MEPIS 8 and Fujitsu Lifebook S7110


Previously, I wrote that MEPIS worked (sound, wired networking, wireless networking) out of the box on my IBM R52.

FYI, the wireless card is the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG. I’d also previously detailed instructions on Debian “Etch”.

What I didn’t state was that I would encounter issues where wlassistant would complain about being unable to get an IP address whilst connected to a standard WEP SSID. However if it alone, it’d mysteriously work later on. I got fed up, and mostly used a wired connection thereafter.

I’m pleased to note that there are no such issues for my Fujitsu Lifebook S7110, which uses the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG; e.g.,

lspci -nn | grep 3945
05:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection [8086:4222] (rev 02)

When I booted up via the LiveCD, I feared the worst, as it was unable to connect to that same SSID. For a time I feared that my laptop would reach it’s end of useful life before I found a distro as excellent as MEPIS, but that’s all in the past now.