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Old 02-02-2008, 12:15 AM   #1
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I have a thinkpad and an orinoco wireless card that did not install correctly under fc8. the drivers that are on there start the card and look quickly for a connection but it fails to get an ip after about 2 seconds, literally.

the error it get is:

addrconf (netdev_up) eth0: link is not ready

for some reason, it tries to get up but fails...this is an old problem but I have not found something that works under fc8...


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Old 02-02-2008, 06:30 AM   #2
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If it is a prism2 wireless card then one needs to install the firmware file (isl3890) into the directory /lib/firmware in order for the interface to work;

Download link: Latest Firmware:
Old 02-08-2008, 07:35 AM   #3
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Just use NDISwrapper in combination with the Windows driver. Here is an nice explanation how to use it on openSUSE, if you use some other distro, it is about the same thing:

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fc8, orinoco, pcmcia, thinkpad

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