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Old 04-22-2006, 06:34 PM   #1
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Wireless PCMCIA card driver loading


Hi folks, some help would be appreciated.

I'm building LFS 6.1.1 on a Paceblade Pacebook Tablet PC. I has a built in REALTEK 10/100 ethernet card and I have a Netgear MA401 PCMCIA wireless LAN card.

As far as I can tell I've enabled all of the hotplug, PCMCIA and wireless options in the kernel. How do I get the card recognised and the driver loaded?

Here is the output of lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Transmeta Corporation LongRun Northbridge (rev 01)
00:00.1 RAM memory: Transmeta Corporation SDRAM controller
00:00.2 RAM memory: Transmeta Corporation BIOS scratchpad
00:03.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
00:04.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Lucent Microelectronics FW323 (rev 04)
00:05.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 02)
00:06.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Motion, Inc. SM720 Lynx3DM (rev b1)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: ALi Corporation M1533 PCI to ISA Bridge [Aladdin IV]
00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: ALi Corporation M5451 PCI AC-Link Controller Audio Device (rev 01)
00:0f.0 IDE interface: ALi Corporation M5229 IDE (rev c3)
00:11.0 Bridge: ALi Corporation M7101 PMU
00:14.0 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev 03)

Any thoughts?
 
Old 04-22-2006, 11:06 PM   #2
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I think that card uses the orinoco kernel modules.
See if you have them.
lsmod
if not
modprobe orinoco
modprobe orinoco-cs
see if the interface shows up
ifconfig -a
I you don't you will have to redo your kernel
to check look at /usr/src/linux/.config
or this may work
cat /usr/src/linux/.config | grep HERMES
my grep skills need some work
This may help
http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t...ear+ma401.html

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Old 04-23-2006, 02:30 AM   #3
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If you have the MA401RA it uses the prism chipsets - http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...?postid=833480
 
Old 04-23-2006, 05:30 AM   #4
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It's definately orinoco as this is what my old distro used. As for modprobe I don't have a modular kernel (I followed the book which recommended not doing it). I'd best build a modular kernel.......
 
Old 04-23-2006, 12:25 PM   #5
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Just add the orinoco stuff as modules, I use the same kernel
cd /usr/src/linux
make menuconfig
add the modules "m"
make && make modules_install
 
Old 05-04-2006, 03:24 PM   #6
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No luck yet. Wireless bits and bobs are now modular. I have instaled pcmcia utilities (which includes a startup script).

During startup the text tells me that there is indeed a card inserted into slot 0.

I have created a modules.conf file and inserted the line:
alias eth1 orinoco_cs

Is that valid for LFS?

After boot I do modprobe orinoco_cs and lsmod shows YENTA SOCKET modules and orinoco modules are loaded.

But iwconfig gives:
lo no wireless extensions
eth0 no wireless extensions
eth1 no wireless extensions



Desperate for some help here. Thanks.
 
Old 05-06-2006, 12:05 AM   #7
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Do you have a config file for pcmcia
I don't know where it would be mayby
/etc/pcmcia/something
this may help or ask this guy;
http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.lin...nd.devel/13192

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Old 05-07-2006, 05:27 AM   #8
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I read the link and tweaked the kernel a bit but still nothing.

Regadless of whether I plug in afterboot or before boot I get
file /proc/net/wireless : blank file

when viewing the file with less or cat there is only a header row.

>
 
Old 05-24-2006, 04:38 AM   #9
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Problem solved....

Upgraded udev to version 0.91 and used the init scripts from development version (SVN 20060514). This has solved the problem and the wireless card is now detected correctly.

...to reveal another problem

It has, however, introduced a startup error: init_udevd_socket: bind failed
There are thousands of reports of this error with various versions of udev. He we go again!

If it was easy it wouldn't be any fun
 
  


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