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ewlabonte

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I bought an X200 Thinkpad with Libreboot installed on ebay. Unfortunately it came without a working wifi card. I bitched and complained and asked for a refund and got no response. So I just decided to buy a Think Penguin usb wifi adapter for a few extra bucks so now everything is working. I have to get used to the trackpoint. But everything else is working fine.

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Oh, and it came with Trisquel 8 installed.

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What is the model of your old not-working card that came with your X200? If Intel, you need CONFIG_DRIVERS_INTEL_WIFI enabled in your BIOS configuration before building. But the Intel cards require the not-free firmware anyway, so it's nice that you got Atheros. Now you could try making a partial refund at eBay (if that's possible) for the cost of WiFi card, also test this "not-working card" with some other laptop to see if it's hardware working, and if working just sell it to someone else.

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Congratulations! I remember how good it felt to get liberated (softwarewise).

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Hooray! Also, the internal WiFi card is not hard to replace and can be obtained cheaply (like US$5.) You remove from screws and then can take the keyboard off. Plus some other steps. There is information and instructions online.

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I did that on my T400 but it ended up being the wrong card. I didn't enjoy the experience. Is it easier than the T400?

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> I did that on my T400 but it ended up being the wrong card.

Next time look up the model here

https://h-node.org/wifi/catalogue/en

to make sure that it is known to work with free software.

> Is it easier than the T400?

I don't know how hard it is with the T400, but the X200 doesn't look
bad. You just need to remove keyboard and palmrest for access.

https://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/43y6632_03.pdf

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There are also videos.

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> There are also videos.

True. I think this should do it. The X200 and X201 use the same HMM, so
instructions for one should work for the other.

https://invidio.us/watch?v=mgbBq0QnftA

@ewlabonte I highly recommend doing this. The performance of those
dongles varies from just okay to unusable. If you have the ability to
install a new WiFi card (and one of the practical advantages of
librebooting the X200 is that the proprietary BIOS isn't there to stop
you) it's totally worth it.

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Yeah, I ordered a wifi card from ebay, it finally got here. I installed it, not too bad... and it doesn't work. There must be something wrong with the hardware connection from the wifi card. I actually did finally get a response from ebay about returning the computer, but that was while I was waiting for the card to come and it expired. So I'm stuck with the wifi dongle. Caveat emptor.

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What is the make and model of the WiFi card? Is it shown in lspci? If it is, what does that say?

ewlabonte

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02:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01

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That is supported by the ath9k kernel module.

ewlabonte

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I know, but it doesn't work. I assume it must be some hardware problem with the computer.

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Or with the card itself.

ewlabonte

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This was a replacement for the card that came with the computer. I had exactly the same experience with that one. It also showed up in lspci, but I couldn't get it to work with any distro that I tried, free or nonfree.

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Is the hardware wireless switch in the "on" state? The green light needs to appear like in the image.

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ewlabonte

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Holy shit! That was it!! That also means that the wifi card that came with the computer probably works too. I am so clueless. Thank you very much!!

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Wireless not working due to the hardware switch being turned off was discussed recently so you're not the only one who missed turning on the hardware switch.

https://trisquel.info/en/forum/wifi-disabled-permanently-fresh-install-trisquel-mini-librebooted-thinkpad-x60

Perhaps we should add this to Trisquel's wiki to avoid future questions?

ewlabonte

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That sounds like a good idea. It's not specifically Trisquel related but it is related to the free bios, libreboot.

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> it is related to the free bios, libreboot.

How? The hardware switch works whether or not the computer is
librebooted.

That said, I guess it couldn't hurt to add a line to this page[1]
advising the user to check for a hardware WiFi switch.

[1] https://trisquel.info/en/wiki/setup-wireless-card

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It's related in the sense that libreboot only works with a small number of computers and a large proportion of librebooted computers happen to be x200's.

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> libreboot only works with a small number
> of computers and a large proportion of librebooted computers happen to be
> x200's.

Good point. I've updated the wiki.

https://trisquel.info/en/wiki/setup-wireless-card

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Where are you based? I have a number of compatible cards here.

ewlabonte

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Massachusetts in the U.S.

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I just ordered an atheros wifi card that works with x200 with libreboot from ebay. $2.39.

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Nice to hear that, good friend!

That reminds me how I had to mess around with my T60 while replacing a WiFi card. I managed to do this, even though the new card was half the length of the slot. So I used a duct tape to make it hold in place and somehow it does it just fine. Oh, and I also managed to broke some hinges while assembling it back. Still, it's the only 100% libre software equipment I have at the moment and it still works so I shouldn't be complaining. :D

I was about to ask about this getting used to the trackpoint stuff and realized that this laptop doesn't even have a touchpad as far as I can see. That's bad. I tried playing with this red nipple already and for me it's not enough comfortable for daily use. Can you arrange a mouse or something just in case your experience gets as bad as mine?

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Congratulations! I'm glad to see posting like this again. Really nice to hear.

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Congratulations! I've also just recently got myself a liberated X200 notebook. Besides being fully libre, it's just a really convenient machine when used with a docking station.

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ewlabonte

I have dealt with the company think penguin before, specially in purchasing and everything works fine, I'm happy with them.
good choice

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Do you have a phone?
Do you use web services like Gmail, youtube, google etc?
Do you have a Amazon Kindle?

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>Do you have a phone?

Yes, and old old and very dumb nokia (I am aware about the triangulation of my nice ass since the 1997..)

>Do you use web services like Gmail, youtube, google etc?

I'd rather eat at the McDonald while sipping a Coca Cola (that's my idea of disgusting..)

>Do you have a Amazon Kindle?

Hell no! If I want to burn a book I do that the old fashioned way: I get my matchbox

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I find all fast food disgusting too.

That being said, I unfourtunately have a gmail account...

I had certain reasons I needed it. but yeah, its best to avoid it when possible.

and yes I have a phone... sadly I need it for certain things.

But I do not recommend anyone doing this unless they know the consequences/are willing to accept all the issues related to using a spyphone.

I do use libre software on my other devices mainly for protecting certain documents that need to remain unknown, like my ideas for my novel. I don't want people to spoilers everywhere because someone is spying on me. ;)

Ps, your idea of disgusting is mine as well, only I take it a step further and try to avoid non organic when possible and artifical foods for sure.