Problem's with PCMCIA WLAN - want to understand!
Donít know if this is the right forum for this, but I have been flummoxed lately getting a wireless PCMCIA card working on a laptop using redhat/fedora/mandrake/gentoo. Occasionally in the past i have gotten it working, but I guess I need help understanding the linkage between the different configuration options. All of the stuff I know how to configure is listed below:
/etc/pcmcia/config.opts Ė to get the card socket bus operating properly
/etc/pcmcia/wirelss.opts Ė to get all the wireless stuff identified, (SSID, key, etc)
/etc/rc.d/init.d/pcmcia - starts pcmcia slot /cardmgr
/etc/rc.d/init.d/eth1 - starts eth1
iwconfig ???ónot sure where these config options are changes
The problem is that I have no clear idea how they all interact. For instance, when I put my wireless card in and start PCMCIA, it identifies the card correctly. However, when I start eth1, it says there is no network adapter, or card slot is empty. I donít know how /etc/rc.d/init.d/eth1 is supposed to know that it is supposed to go to use the PCMCIA card or check the wirelss.opts for link-layer parameters. Flummoxed, I say.
Is there an explanation or something that shows how all of these services and config files interact? What other diagnostics can I perform to see what is working and what is not?
Compaq Presario 2110US, yenta card socket driver, Netgear MA401 802.11b (hermes/orinoco chipset), currently running Fedora Core 1 with 2.4.2n and 2.6-test 9 kernels available (both same problem).
(I would be happy to contirbute to an expert's "tip box" if i can get this going.)