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Old 01-03-2004, 12:58 AM   #1
bratwurst
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How to get Dlink DWL-520 working on Mandrake 9.2?


I originally bought a Linksys card to do wireless on a new Linux install, but that was a miserable failure. I did some research and the Dlink DWL-520 (not "+") seemed like a good card to use, so I bought one.

I installed it, and actually did a full, clean install of Mandrake 9.2, and the card is recognized as a Prism 2.5, but the install of the driver fails with the msg:

"insmod'ing odule orinoco_pci failed at /usr/lib/libDrakX/modules.pm line 61"

Going into expert mode, the failure is:

"Found Harris Semiconductor|Prism 2.5 Wavelan chipset network/main interfaces Do you have another one?"

(What THIS msg means is lost on me, and it's not written properly, missing a period). It gives me the options to respond "Yes," "No," or "See hardware info". I selected hardware info, and the "orinoco_pci" line again identifies the Prism-based card, but no other info.

I tried entering advanced options (i.e., IRQ and IO Addr), but that too failed in the same way. dmesg shows "Orinoco/Prism2 PCI device at 00:10.0, mem:0xF4102000 to 0xF4102FFF -> 0xd090f000, irq:10" I have to say, aside from the IRQ listing, I don't know what to do with this information.

One more piece of the puzzle, dmesg ALSO shows "PCI: Sharing IRQ 10 with 00:06.0". I, once again, don't know what this means, but would like to.

I'm a newbie at this, and I certainly don't know where to go from here.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Brats
 
Old 01-05-2004, 12:43 AM   #2
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Brats,
I decided to post here since this message thread doesn't have so much clutter in it.

I am using the 2.6.0 kernel which contains a driver for Prism 2.5 PCI 802.11b cards. To enable it you have to go to drivers/network/wireless and include Wireless LAN drivers, Hermes chipset 802.11b support (Orinoco/Prism2/Symbol), and then under that Prism 2.5 PCI 802.11 support.

I compiled the support directly into the kernel so I am not sure what the module names are but when I boot up it shows the orinoco_pci driver detecting my Prism 2.5 chipset and sets up the device as eth1. Then I just simply have to bring up the device with ifconfig and configure it with iwconfig and then run dhcpcd on it, which I have my start up scripts take care of.

I wish there was some trick I could tell you but it all just worked for me once I had the kernel compiled.

Have you tried using the stuff in the 2.6 kernel?

I did ask a friend of mine and he said with the newest linux-wlan-ng driver (0.2.1-pre-16) he got the same card I have working without a problem under the 2.4.22 kernel as well but I have no direct experience with that method. I'll ping him and see if I can't get him on here to offer any advice or assistance he has.

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Old 01-05-2004, 12:58 AM   #3
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Brats,
I decided to post here since this message thread doesn't have so much clutter in it.
Smart move, the other thread I started terribly and led to a lot of "clutter"...
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I am using the 2.6.0 kernel which contains a driver for Prism 2.5 PCI 802.11b cards. To enable it you have to go to drivers/network/wireless and include Wireless LAN drivers, Hermes chipset 802.11b support (Orinoco/Prism2/Symbol), and then under that Prism 2.5 PCI 802.11 support.
Mandrake 9.2 DOES recognize the driver, orinoco_pci, but fails to use it for my installation and card. That's my problem.
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I wish there was some trick I could tell you but it all just worked for me once I had the kernel compiled.
Yeah, that's how it seems to go, either it works, or it doesn't and it's not clear why.
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Have you tried using the stuff in the 2.6 kernel?
Nope, and I don't have a clue how to install that kernel. It's even harder given I have no internet access with this box. But I could burn CDs, where do I get the kernel and the build instructions?
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I did ask a friend of mine and he said with the newest linux-wlan-ng driver (0.2.1-pre-16) he got the same card I have working without a problem under the 2.4.22 kernel as well but I have no direct experience with that method. I'll ping him and see if I can't get him on here to offer any advice or assistance he has.
That'd be great, thanks. I think this kernel knows, "out of the box," how to support this chipset. But for no reason I understand it's not working, with the errors reported earlier. I don't get them, nor how to work around them. The driver EXISTS, and should ID the card, but isn't. Confusion ensues...

Thanks,

Brats
 
Old 01-05-2004, 12:59 PM   #4
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Are you having the error where the orinoco_pci driver detects the card as a Prism 2.5 card but a "Failed To Initialize Card" or something to that effect comes up? If so your problem might be that your dlink card actually has a realtek chipset on it emulating a Prism 2.5 (and poorly at that). I have seen a reference to that issue on posts on other message boards dealing with that dlink card.
 
Old 01-14-2004, 03:17 AM   #5
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Hi, I've been having the same problems as bratwurst has had with D-link DWL-520+.

I imagine the run-me-through might help for you, and may answer some of my problems as well.

package acx100-utils-0.2.0. "Texas Instruments" (you might look for prism2 Utilities package)


Step 1. enable CONFIG_NET_RADIO (My problem is locating it, (/[dir]/[dir;filename]) also
CONFIG_NET_WIRELESS

Step 2. Installing package: wireless-tools (first time it installed, but thus installing now, it
wont install and compile: ie "make install"?)

Step 3. Installation of firmware. (Installation of Windows drivers with .zip file and
cp Win2000/WLANGEN.BIN Win2000/RADIO0d.BIN Win2000/RADIO11.BIN firmware/

(firmware into what directory? , (/etc/firmware/ ?)

Step 4. Make shure acx100_pci.o is installed in firmare; (ie. make extract_firmware ?)

Anything else needs to be considered? Can someone help me with my current problem?
 
  


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