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Old 04-06-2002, 06:42 PM   #1
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Wireless help


I currently have mandy 8.2 set up on my dell latitude ls and have a lynksys WPC11 V2.5 set up but no Internet. Both the lights are on "power & link" I looked at the other posts but they did not help. Also if i go into comtrol center in KDE and look at PCMCIA all i have is

Card 0: empty

Card 1:



Please advise.
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Old 04-06-2002, 06:55 PM   #2
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Right now Mandy isn't capable of recognizing what kind of card it is. Its a pain in the butt that all of the distros are shipping with the new orinoco drivers, which should properly drive your card, but DONT actually have a .conf file that will allow the right drivers to adhere to the card.

Go here and grab a copy of the hermes.conf file. Copy that into a directory called /etc/pcmcia and then restart pcmcia entirely with the command, from a shell:

/etc/rc.d/init.d/pcmcia restart

This will load and bind the orinoco driver to the pcmcia card. Support for Prism2 cards such as the Linksys are still a little alpha, but the only thing I've had a hard time getting working was WEP.

To configure the card, I highly recommend using the wireless.opts file that is in /etc/pcmcia and modifying it for your needs, or just play around a lot with the command line utility: iwconfig.

If you want I could give you the necessary commands to properly configure the whole thing, but you would have to post back with all of the info about your wireless network: networkID, channel(if any, probably not), blah blah blah. If its a Linksys wireless router everything should be pretty wide open and easy.

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Old 04-06-2002, 07:08 PM   #3
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Ok I did as you advised however when i run iwconfig i get a bash command not found and still no net :?(
 
Old 04-06-2002, 07:39 PM   #4
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First, make sure that you installed Mandrake with the wireless_tools RPM. Its easy to put it on after the fact by using hardrake, or whatever the package manager is.

To make certain that the machine recognized the card, try:

dmesg

If you see goop at the bottom about orinoco, it at least saw the card and bound the drivers to it.

lsmod

Will list the modules that are currently loaded into the kernel. There should be a hermes, orinoco, and orinoco_cs. Regardless, there hopefully should still be a file called wireless.opts that you can hand edit with the proper settings.

Luck,

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not sure if I have wireless_tools RPM instaled. How can i tell ?


while running dmesg i see nothing about about orinoco.

while running lsmod i see nothing about hermes, orinoco, or orinoco_cs
 
Old 04-06-2002, 08:15 PM   #6
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You don't have the wireless tools package installed. 'iwconfig' is one of the 5 parts of it. It would have been there. Odd... its default installation if you chose the "laptop" goop during install. Installing it from the RPMs is no big deal really.

If hermes.conf is in /etc/pcmcia, it should get read by cardmgr when pcmcia services gets restarted. This is different than a normal network restart. Do you have pcmcia_core, and yenta_socket in "lsmod"?

Luck,

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Old 04-06-2002, 08:22 PM   #7
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i have both pcmcia_core, and yenta_socket in "lsmod"
 
Old 04-07-2002, 07:17 PM   #8
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I now have the wireless_tools RPM instaled I hope this helps.
 
Old 04-07-2002, 07:38 PM   #9
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Good deal, but what's the information about you wireless network? The network name, do IPs get assigned by dhcp?

Cheers,

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Old 04-07-2002, 07:45 PM   #10
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IPs get assigned by dhcp As far as the network name are you refering to the essid ?
 
Old 04-07-2002, 07:56 PM   #11
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Yep, you can either assign that by fiddling with wireless.opts, or with:

iwconfig eth1 essid nameofnetwork

I'm assuming that eth0 is the built-in eth card on the dell.

Did you ever get the card to register in dmesg?

Cheers,

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Old 04-07-2002, 08:12 PM   #12
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dmesg does not show the card and when i did
iwconfig eth1 essid linksys
SIOCSIWESSID: No such device


and yes the eth0 is the built in lan
 
Old 04-07-2002, 08:35 PM   #13
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Ahhh, crap, it doesn't look like Orinoco is supporting linksys card version 2.5 yet.

The only driver package left is the linux-wlan.com project, some of the buggiest alphaware in existence. They have one release in RPM format, and its not specifically built for something as new as Mandy 8.2, so the rpm may not unpack right, but there is no harm in trying.

If that doesn't work... did you happen to install a compiler?

Find out with:

gcc -v

Luck,

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Old 04-08-2002, 07:17 AM   #14
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I found some linux-wlan.com project drivers here but they are not RPM http://www.goonda.org/wireless/prism2/ so i have no clue


and yes i do have a compiler installed
 
Old 04-08-2002, 09:24 AM   #15
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I also came across this
http://www.baker.com/fom-serve/cache/3.html

it seems to explaign what to do to get v2.5 up but it looks greek to me.
 
  


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