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Old 03-31-2006, 10:59 PM   #1
byblyk
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Wireless Radio Won't turn on!!!!!


After about 3 weeks of messing with my wireless i've come to the conclusion that my wireless radio won't turn on! My fn+f2 won't turn the radio on. I was reading a post earlier about people with acer boards on a 64 bit system and they needed some tool to manage their function keys. I was wondering if it was something like this for me. I'm running FC4 2.6.15 stack 16 kernel. on a p4 2.8.


My wireless LED won't come on at all. NDISwrapper has loaded the drivers and says their valid(i've tried several drivers, just incase). Everything appears to be ok, i just can't get a wireless signal to save my life.

Any ideas or sudgestions?

Byblyk.
 
Old 04-01-2006, 01:41 PM   #2
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Look at the few links below. They might point you into the right direction. Might try running a 32 bit version first and then later install the 64 bit version. You can have both on the same ssytem but best to have entirely seperate partitions for the install.

http://www2.informatik.hu-berlin.de/~tauber/acerhk/
http://blog.cryos.net/categories/4-Linux
 
Old 04-03-2006, 12:31 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply man. I did read through those both but i think my above post is a bit missleading. I wrote it when i was half asleep. I'm running 32bit FC4 and i've heard other problems about people having trouble getting their radio on their wireless cards to turn on using the fn+f2 keys in FC4. I wondered if there was a fix for this or if anybody knew the cause of it.

In fact i can't even bring my connection up. I usually used teh ifconfig wlan0 up to bring my interface up but last night i tried ifup wlan0 instead and this was the out put.

Quote:
Error : unrecognised wireless request "Mbps"
Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.
I'm so lost. On boot it disables IRQ 5 which is teh IRQ my wireless card uses. Some people say it's a problem with iwconfig commands.

Thanks
Byblyk

Last edited by byblyk; 04-03-2006 at 12:39 AM.
 
Old 04-03-2006, 12:40 AM   #4
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I have blamed the 'wireless power' switch when my wireless didn't work several times, but when I finally got it working, that was never the problem.

What kind of wireless card is it?
 
Old 04-03-2006, 05:00 PM   #5
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I have had issue with the way the newer kernels want pcmcia compiled and few other things. If I do it their way I have disabled IRQs. Here are the few things I need to set in my config file for the kernel. If you compile your own see how they differ. I will put a * next to the important ones and the way they need to be. Do not include a * in your config settings.

# Bus options (PCI, PCMCIA, EISA, MCA, ISA)
#
CONFIG_PCI=y
# CONFIG_PCI_GOBIOS is not set
# CONFIG_PCI_GOMMCONFIG is not set
# CONFIG_PCI_GODIRECT is not set
*CONFIG_PCI_GOANY=y
CONFIG_PCI_BIOS=y
CONFIG_PCI_DIRECT=y
CONFIG_PCI_MMCONFIG=y
# CONFIG_PCIEPORTBUS is not set
CONFIG_PCI_LEGACY_PROC=y
# CONFIG_PCI_DEBUG is not set
CONFIG_ISA_DMA_API=y
CONFIG_ISA=y
# CONFIG_EISA is not set
# CONFIG_MCA is not set
# CONFIG_SCx200 is not set

#
# PCCARD (PCMCIA/CardBus) support
#
*CONFIG_PCCARD=m
# CONFIG_PCMCIA_DEBUG is not set
*CONFIG_PCMCIA=m
CONFIG_PCMCIA_LOAD_CIS=y
CONFIG_PCMCIA_IOCTL=y
*CONFIG_CARDBUS=y

#
# PC-card bridges
#
*CONFIG_YENTA=m
CONFIG_YENTA_O2=y
CONFIG_YENTA_RICOH=y
CONFIG_YENTA_TI=y
CONFIG_YENTA_ENE_TUNE=y
CONFIG_YENTA_TOSHIBA=y
# CONFIG_PD6729 is not set
# CONFIG_I82092 is not set
# CONFIG_I82365 is not set
# CONFIG_TCIC is not set
*CONFIG_PCMCIA_PROBE=y
CONFIG_PCCARD_NONSTATIC=m
 
Old 04-03-2006, 05:39 PM   #6
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Thats what mine looks like. everything appears to be the same except i don't have CONFIG_PCMCIA_PROBE=y in mine. I've never looked at the kernel .config file before so i could be missing something right infront of me and not know it so i have posted it just to be safe.

As for the type of card i'm using it's a

Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)

Brian1 I have noticed that the kernel that i'm using does disable IRQ 5 on start up while it loads network devices. IRQ 5 is the IRQ of my Broadcom card. I've never had any problems like this before and i'm rather confused. What would be the course of action i should take to fix this?

Thank you very much for your replys.

Byblyk


Quote:
# Bus options (PCI, PCMCIA, EISA, MCA, ISA)
#
CONFIG_PCI=y
# CONFIG_PCI_GOBIOS is not set
# CONFIG_PCI_GOMMCONFIG is not set
# CONFIG_PCI_GODIRECT is not set
CONFIG_PCI_GOANY=y
CONFIG_PCI_BIOS=y
CONFIG_PCI_DIRECT=y
CONFIG_PCI_MMCONFIG=y
CONFIG_PCIEPORTBUS=y
CONFIG_HOTPLUG_PCI_PCIE=m
# CONFIG_HOTPLUG_PCI_PCIE_POLL_EVENT_MODE is not set
CONFIG_PCI_MSI=y
CONFIG_PCI_LEGACY_PROC=y
# CONFIG_PCI_DEBUG is not set
CONFIG_ISA_DMA_API=y
CONFIG_ISA=y
# CONFIG_EISA is not set
# CONFIG_MCA is not set
# CONFIG_SCx200 is not set

# PCCARD (PCMCIA/CardBus) support
#
CONFIG_PCCARD=m
# CONFIG_PCMCIA_DEBUG is not set
CONFIG_PCMCIA=m
CONFIG_PCMCIA_LOAD_CIS=y
CONFIG_PCMCIA_IOCTL=y
CONFIG_CARDBUS=y

#
# PC-card bridges
#
CONFIG_YENTA=m
CONFIG_PD6729=m
CONFIG_I82092=m
CONFIG_I82365=m
CONFIG_TCIC=m
CONFIG_PCMCIA_PROBE=y
CONFIG_PCCARD_NONSTATIC=m
 
Old 07-06-2006, 08:25 PM   #7
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What kind of laptop do you have?
I have no answers for you, but I have the same chipset and f2+fn button.
 
  


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