Posted by: Odzangba | May 15, 2007

Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG + Amilo Pro V2000 + Ubuntu

I’m blogging from one of the lecture halls of the Ghana Telecom University College where my friend Machel schools. I’d been planning a visit since the beginning of this semester but never got round to actually making it here. Machel had pretty much convinced most of the guys here to install Ubuntu 7.04 on their boxes so I was surrounded by some really neat Feisty machines 🙂 So one of the guys had a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V2000 notebook + an Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG wireless card but his wireless card wasn’t working even though the card had been detected and installed

The problem? The card radio was off. It turned out that a “kill switch” was needed to turn it on. The procedure to do that is ridiculously simple. Here:

sudo modprobe fsam7400 radio=1

This is not permanent though… you have to do this every time you reboot. To make it permanent, do this:

sudo echo fsam7400 >> /etc/modules

sudo echo options fsam7400 radio=1 >> /etc/modprobe.d/options

In other words, edit the /etc/modules file with your favorite editor and insert fsam7400 on a new line; edit the /etc/modprobe.d/options file and insert options fsam7400 radio=1 on a new line.


  1. hello,

    I have the same problem and in urgent to solve it. Would you show me how you get the module terms “fsam7400” from “Fujitsu Siemens AMilo” plus “7400”? I think the problem would be resolved if I place something in where the module now presents. The rest information seems to me very useful.

    There are some specs on my laptop:
    ipw2200BG – ASUS M5A (M5200)
    Ubuntu 7.10 (?? about the most update version)

  2. Yhonewski,
    I’m not sure I understand you properly. Can you please explain your problem in some more detail? I’m always ready to help…


    • sudo echo options fsam7400 radio=1 >> /etc/modprob.d/options

      In other words, edit the /etc/modules file with your favorite editor and insert fsam7400 on a new line; edit the /etc/modprob.d/options file and insert options fsam7400 radio=1 on a new line.


      I have Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pro v2000
      I do not have options file in modprob.d directory.

      What should i do?

      sudo modprobe fsam7400 radio=1
      is working for me but I want to make it permanent


  3. surely first I had and have newly downloaded w29n51.INF and tried anew with Admin -> Windows Wireless Drivers and it says that “Driver driver installed” from previous installation sessions with ndiswrapper (seems not function?). In the latter case, I tried in the terminal:

    ndiswrapper -l

    following directions in help document on wireless cards. It replys that all the invalid drivers (a w29n51 and a ipw2200 for linux from sourceforge) and I have thought of replacing or removing the drivers and thus re-do the job.

    In my Admin->Network shows up a wireless connection, does it means that the device is now known to the system and capable of further changes? From this I thought the device is somehow ready to use (but how could I explain the “invalid driver” message?)

    There the current content in”interfaces”:

    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback

    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet dhcp

    auto eth2
    iface eth2 inet dhcp

    auto ath0
    iface ath0 inet dhcp

    auto wlan0
    iface wlan0 inet dhcp

    auto dsl-provider
    iface dsl-provider inet ppp
    provider dsl-provider

    pre-up /sbin/ifconfig eth0 up # line maintained by pppoeconf

    auto eth0:avah

    iface eth0:avah inet manual

    iface eth1 inet dhcp
    wireless-essid [THE LOG-IN NAME BY NEWWORK?]
    wireless-key s:[SO MY PASSWORD?]

    auto eth1

    [end of content: interface]

    Finally I wonder how could I trigger up the wireless device just as I was using the MS-Windows by combining Fn key with F2 (the hotkey switch on this laptop) whereby an indicate LED would light up to show the wlan is running.

    Thanks for the efforts.

  4. Well I have the same problem but with Amilo Pro V3405
    Does this solution fits also or there would be changes?

    Forgive me I am just begining with Ubuntu.


  5. hello,

    prolem solved! First I unsuccessfully recovered the system (due to some kind of collision?), and tried instaling a MS-XP Pro. Under which I switched the device on (the blue LED lights repectively) and re-instaled Ubuntu 7.04 anew. And now it works.

  6. Hi Yhonewski,
    I’m glad u got the problem solved and I must apologize for not being able to help you out. Anyway, good work.


  7. i use an amilo v3505. i had the same problem, and solved it by the method you discribed (lots of thanx!).

    however after a week the bug reappered in a similar way, although the option ist still in modprob.d/options.

    maybe you can give a hint?

    iwconfig:lluc@montague:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    eth1 unassociated ESSID:off/any
    Mode:Managed Frequency=nan kHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Bit Rate:0 kb/s Tx-Power:16 dBm
    Retry limit:15 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
    Power Management:off
    Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:503 Missed beacon:0


  8. Hmmm… is the fsam7400 still being loaded? Post the output of

    lsmod | grep fsam


  9. Hi Odzangba,

    I would like to give you a BIG THANKS
    Finally the wireless is working !!!

    Thanks a lot …

  10. Hi Sharif,
    Great to hear your wireless is working. That’s what people like you and me are here for… spreading the news. 🙂


  11. dear odzangba,

    I work as IT administrator and got some AMILO Pro V3505,installed edubuntu on them but the wireless isnt working, what should i do?
    The second problem is with a Konica Minolta bizhub 250 printer, cant print on it through network with edubuntu.I hope u will help me 🙂

    bye bye

  12. Hi pOPaji,
    I am not familiar with the AMILO Pro V3505 so I am not sure my how to will work for you. You can try it however and if it fails, I suggest you head over to the ubuntu forums: There’re lots of very helpful people over there and I’m sure they’ll be able to help you out.

    About your printer, I suggest asking at the ubuntu forums too. Good luck.

  13. anyway thank you for ur response

  14. Trip to Ghana, I need to know what hard ware will be worth my while, Wireless connection.

  15. Fantastic Post!

    I had been searching for a while trying to find out why my wireless wasn’t working on my HP NX8220 with Intel 2200BG.

    The laptop has a button to turn on and off the radio but it does nothing until the

    *sudo modprobe fsam7400 radio=1*

    is run!

    Much Thanks

  16. Hello!

    I just wanted to thank you for this post, as it has helped me to configure my laptop with Ubuntu. I have an Amilo M7400 and I had managed to download and install the fsam7400 module, but thanks to you I don’t have to start it every time I switch on the computer. Now it’s automatic!! 😀

    Thanks again and best regards,

  17. Hi Ana, I’m glad my post helped. Have fun 🙂

  18. Hi Odzangba,

    My wireless wont switch on,
    it may just be the buttons broken or i dont no.. can you help?

  19. forgot to mention my laptop is a :- Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V3405..

  20. same problem here my wireless not working (amilo pro v3405 ) it work on (XP) on (vista) dose not work … any help plzz

  21. I have some problems with my bizhub 163 😦 I think I will just change it for some new version

  22. Thanks a lot, I have been using Ubuntu for 2 years now, and little thinks like these are so hard to work out what to do – but once you know it is so simple.

    My friends laptop is now working with wireless – thanks for this helpful post.

  23. Unbelievable!
    You solved my problem just like that.

  24. Hi guys!
    Where should I copy this:
    “sudo modprobe fsam7400 radio=1”


  25. […] So, at the moment I’m running Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04). Super easy and quick install, little script for my wireless card and everything up and running in no time! If everything goes that easy in the […]

  26. Updating the BIOS to B0G works aswell

  27. Solved my problem – thanks 🙂

  28. you could also use
    sudo echo "options fsam7400 radio=1" >> /etc/modprob.d/fsam7400
    instead of
    sudo echo "options fsam7400 radio=1" >> /etc/modprob.d/options
    on hardy.


    Btw. Until a few days ago I had the same theme on my blog 🙂

  29. Cool, thanks for the heads up sysblog.

  30. hi odzangba

    i have the same problem with my fujitsu siemen amilo7400, the wireless swith won’t work, i tried what you said but it still wotn work, any suggestions?


  31. Hi guys

    i have a centrino and have the same wifi issue, would I something diffrent instead of “fsam 7400” or do you think it will be generic

  32. Hi, i’m using a wired connection right now, but i do have intel wireless 2200BG and i tried your method, but i get this:
    kyrie@kyrie-laptop:~$ sudo echo fsam7400 >> /etc/modules
    bash: /etc/modules: Permission denied

    “Permission denied”?…

    • I think the “permission denied” messages were because the /etc/modprob.d/options file didn’t exist to “echo” into. You can get round this by using a text editor (eg. nano, gedit or vim) to create the file and add the options line instead.

  33. I also get this “permission denied”…

    what should i do??
    please help!

  34. Just the solution I needed! Thank you very much.

  35. thanks. my intel pro2200 finally works in Ubuntu, the problem of permission denied when make the command permanent is that I need to use root account to do so.

  36. notebook: FSC AMILO PRO V200 @ (k)ubuntu 8.10

    wow, how such a simple command can fix a error.
    $ sudo modprobe fsam7400 radio=1
    $ …

    got my wlan-card running after searching for hours to find a solution.
    in my opinion they should not install these “radio-bars” to notebooks /-(

  37. i installed the ubuntu 9.04 but the “sudo echo options fsam7400 radio=1 >> /etc/modprob.d/options” thus to make it permanet does not work.

    i found out that there is no “options” file under /etc/modprob.d . it rather comes with a lot of blacklist files.

    can u help me make it permanent?
    thks man

    • Creating a /etc/modprob.d/options file didn’t work for me but making a file called /etc/modprob.d/fsam7400 (containing the line “options fsam7400 radio=1″) did successfully make the card switch on at boot.
      (credit to “sysblog”)

  38. Thanks, Your the Best!

    • hey, i am running janty too and have similar problem to zeroBit. Seems like something helped him fix it – there is just no description to how he managed to do it! Can you please help?
      I have no options file in the directory you are describing.

    • I have also UBUNTU 9.04
      How did u solved the problem???


  39. Thanx so much for this post! Both my V2000’s are now finally on WLAN. They run Linux Mint 7 and Crunchbang Linux, and your recipe worked for both 🙂 Best, Petter

  40. […] (guglin kukázva. Forrás: itt) […]

  41. Thank you , I’m use Internet and Mint 7 with my notebook ! I’m Happy !
    Thank’s Odzangba!

  42. I’ve been trying to make the wireless work for ages without success until now. This works on Lucid with a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V2000D.

    I think the “permission denied” messages were because the /etc/modprob.d/options file didn’t exist to “echo” into. You can get round this by using a text editor (eg. nano, gedit or vim) to create the file and add the options line instead.

    As mentioned above creating a /etc/modprob.d/options file didn’t work but making a file called /etc/modprob.d/fsam7400 (containing the line “options fsam7400 radio=1”) did successfully make the card switch on at boot.

    Many thanks for your help.

  43. Many many thanks for your help! I was wrestling with this problem for hours before I found your post. THANK YOU!

  44. I posted a guide on getting this to work in case anyone is still stuck…

  45. Works like a charm! Thanks alot!
    PS: Had to make a file called “options”, and then we just pasted the content. Wooooorks 🙂

  46. HI there, I found the same problem!!!

    I have a laptop fujitsu siemens amilo notebook m 7440g,

    e few years aogo it just broke… after doing a check up on what’s wrong, it seems the motherboard is broken. But this machine still boots up but can not find a internal hirddrive so no OS,even tried to put in a new harddrive and stil this new one he does’t find.

    So i installed ubuntu luci on an external harddrive (skin hard drive by iomega ‘samsung’). I was very happy after that finaly worked out after long searching.

    now the prblem is the wireles killswitch.
    I’ve tried SUDO MODPROBE FSAM7400and al the rest but it still doesn’t work.
    can you help me like step by step becausae am noobish with all the commands and ubuntu.

    on startup the notebook says
    disabling IRQ #11
    error comreset 16.
    thx Bart

  47. I’ve heard that the FSAM method is obsolete.
    You could try editing /etc/modules and adding wistron_btns to the list?
    I made a post on that explains it in more detail:

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  49. Great article. I am going through many of these issues as well.

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