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Date:      Tue, 26 Sep 2006 20:48:11 +0300
From:      "Ivan \"Rambius\" Ivanov" <>
Subject:   Re: How to load iwi firmware at boot time
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On 9/26/06, Ivan Rambius Ivanov <> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have an Acer TravelMate 4060 laptop with FreeBSD 6.1 running on it.
> I have Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG wireless network card which I use
> successfully. I have the following iwi related entries in rc.conf:
> ## Intel Wireless Adapter settings
> iwi_enable="YES"
> iwi_interfaces="iwi0"
> iwi_mode="bss"
> ifconfig_iwi0="ssid **** DHCP"
> This used to bring up my iwi0 interface at boot time and I had a
> working internet connection after the machine had booted.
> However, this morning I did "make world" (attaching cvsup files for
> the kernel and ports for completeness). The iwi firmware was not
> loaded at boot time and the following messages are given:
> $ dmesg | grep iwi
> iwi0: <Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG> mem 0xb0101000-0xb0101fff irq 17
> at device 4.0 on pci6
> iwi0: Reserved 0x1000 bytes for rid 0x10 type 3 at 0xb0101000
> iwi0: bpf attached
> iwi0: Ethernet address: 00:13:ce:0c:45:a1
> iwi0: bpf attached
> iwi0: bpf attached
> iwi0: [MPSAFE]
> iwi0: 11b rates: 1Mbps 2Mbps 5.5Mbps 11Mbps
> iwi0: 11g rates: 1Mbps 2Mbps 5.5Mbps 11Mbps 6Mbps 9Mbps 12Mbps 18Mbps
> 24Mbps 36Mbps 48Mbps 54Mbps
> iwi0: Please load firmware
> I have to manually load the firmrare invoking the following commands as root:
> # iwicontrol -i iwi0 -d /boot/firmware -m bss
> # ifconfig iwi0 up
> Could you please advise me how I can load automatically the firmware
> during boot time?
> Regards
> Ivan
> P.S. Here is the output of uname -a:
> FreeBSD ****.**** 6.1-RELEASE-p7 FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE-p7 #0: Tue Sep 26
> 13:13:00 EEST 2006     root@****.****:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC
> i386

I was able to fix it.

I created an executable script located at /etc/start_if.iwi0. It
contains the following line:

iwicontrol -i iwi0 -d /boot/firmware -m bss

This script is executed at boot time and it loads the firmware.

Thank you for the nice docs althought scattered in the Web.


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