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I own 4 different wireless pcmcia cards, the Belkin is a fine choice and as a matter of fact works fine with Mandrake as well as Slackware, I have put together this howto regarding it's installation and config on Mandrake 9, have a look:
Ok, please follow these instructions carefully:
1. download the module from the following link by right-clicking and choosing to save it somewhere (about 82k): http://www.houseofcraig.net/pcmf502rd.o
2. move the above file to your /lib/modules/2.4.21-0.13mdk/kernel/drivers/net/pcmcia directory.
3. you absolutely must now run depmod -a, unresolved symbols will be reported, that's ok, any other error is *not* ok.
4. using the link to my howto I posted earlier, setup your config.
5. let me know what happens.
I have good news and bad news. The good news is the module you compiled for me works (depmod -a shows unresolved symnbols.)
The bad news is after I added lines to the config file and restart the pcmcia the caps lock and scroll lock on my laptop start blinking and I have to hard reset the machine. Once I restart the laptop it goes into kernel panic once it gets to the pcmcia slot.
Here is what I added to the config file:
class "network" module "pcmf502rd"
This is at line 47 for me
card "Belkin F5D6020 rev.2"
version "Belkin", "11Mbps-Wireless-Notebook-Network-Adapter"
This is at line 1001
I removed the one line just to see if it would stop the kernel panic. It did the same thing with or without.
Last edited by arcane_disciple; 07-05-2003 at 12:10 PM.
I'm guessing that somehow that module is corrupted. Sorry about that, I'll do it again, this time hopefully with better results. You should discard that module, eg: rm /lib/modules/<kernel version>/kernel/drivers/net/pcmcia/pcmf502rd.o this should stop the panic. You can leave those lines in your /etc/pcmcia/config file as they look correct and you'll need them once you get a good module. I'll get back to you ASAP.
The module does work now. I just need to install the iwconfig tools so that I can configure the thing. With that being said, I mean work as in it doesn't cause a panic and shows up durin boot up as eth1 (wired nic being eth0.) thank you for your time and help.
No problem, this was an interesting exercise for me. Also, if you need help with iwconfig and friends, let us know.
PS: when you are actually using this card successfully, can you post your iwconfig output back here?(eg: type iwconfig and post result) I'd like to know whether that module functions properly, if so, I'll tar/gzip it and offer it to the general public on my site.
akaBeaVis...I did everything that you had listed here and it all seemed to work fine until I realized that the module was complied against the 2.4.20 kernel and I have 2.4.21. Any chance of getting an updated version???
This was originally for Slack 9, but in reading another of your posts, I was able to get that one running. The current problem is with Redhat 9. Any chance of getting help with that? I know I need to build the module, but I don't know where to get the pcmcia_cs source from and I also keep getting an error when doing the make config. Any help here would be appreciated.