Connecting a Lenovo T61 to a wireless network with CentOS 5.3 (Gnome)

Posted: May 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

My work Lenovo T61 comes loaded with an Intel Pro Wireless 4965 (iwl4965 and iwlagn), so we will need specific pieces of software to get it going. First we need to ensure we have the RPMForge Repo installed, the following should be run for RHEL/CENTOS 5 x86 systems:

rpm -Uhv http://apt.sw.be/redhat/el5/en/i386/rpmforge/RPMS/rpmforge-release-0.3.6-1.el5.rf.i386.rpm ; yum clean all ; yum update

Followed by:

yum install iwl4965-firmware

Your wireless device should be working now. Enable NetworkManager to use it. In the CLI:

chkconfig NetworkManager on
service NetworkManager start

You may want to disable the start of your network at boot time, since you won’t need it anymore. For this, simply do:

chkconfig network off

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Comments
  1. Tim Fanelli says:

    Was curious to know if you’d done this on a desktop, or server install. I had tried this on my T61P after doing a Desktop – KDE install, and received several conflict errors from Yum running ‘yum update’.

    I reinstalled using a “Server – GUI” configuration with Gnome (since I’m used to gnome), and everything seems to be going well.

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