Kubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

I know I’m a little late to the party in terms of installing Kubuntu 7.10. However, I finally installed it on my Dell 600m this weekend. It worked out of the box with absolutely no tinkering which was a pleasant surprise. Kubuntu is surprisingly polished and I’m pretty impressed so far.

After updating all of the packages and rebooting, I found myself with a non-functional wireless card. Having had this happen in the past, I knew where to look. The firmware was deleted from the system when the new kernel was installed and the firmware needed to be downloaded.

To get the wireless card working again, I did the following (procedure modified for use with Kubuntu from How to enable Wireless Lan on [wifi] FC-6):

1. Download ipw2200-fw-3.0.tgz from Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Driver Firmware.

2. Unarchive ipw2200-fw-3.0.tgz.

3. Move all .fw files to /lib/firmware/2.6.22-14-386 (the exact directory may vary depending on your kernel version).

3. /sbin/modprobe -r ipw2200

4. /sbin/modprobe ipw2200

Your wireless card should be working again. Enjoy.