Enable indicator LED for Intel 2200BG and 2915ABG wireless cards

The 2200BG and 2915ABG cards use the ipw2200 driver, which is able to control the wifi indicator LED which most laptops will use.

To enable, run the following as root or with sudo privileges:
echo "options ipw2200 led=1" >> /etc/modprobe.d/ipw2200.modprobe
modprobe -r ipw2200 ; modprobe ipw2200

Note that these steps were used with a Dell Inspiron 6000 and Ubuntu 7.10. Certain chipsets may instead use the acerhk module, or need to add the “options ipw2200 led=1” to a different location.

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4 thoughts on “Enable indicator LED for Intel 2200BG and 2915ABG wireless cards

  1. SuperFabius

    Great!!!!

    It worked perfectly on a HP TC4200 (2200BG wireless based) with Ubuntu 8.04

    Thanks a lot!!!

    Reply
  2. dmaz Post author

    It’s frustrating to have this driver option available but disabled by default. OpenSuse enables it by default, while Ubuntu does not.
    The reason for this is this bit from the driver’s Readme,

    NOTE: The LED code has been reported to hang some systems when running ifconfig and is therefore disabled by default

    Reply

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