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I am having a problem with a pcmcia wifi networking card and my laptop. While the laptop is off, I insert the card and then turn the laptop on. Linux recognizes the card and it has power. In linux i go and configure the cards wifi settings. I save the changes and then restart the computer. After the restart the pcmcia card had no power, and linux doesnt detect it. I am not sure what is going on here. I am a complete noob with linux. I was reading a linux book about pcmcia cards and there is a comand called cardctl. I figured maybe using this command to jump start the card or somethin. I tried using this command, but the terminal says it doesnt exist. Maybe I am typing it wrong. Can anyone give me pointers please !!!!
I am running Fedora Core 2. While logged in as super user I tried using ifconfig, and i got the following:
bash: ifconfig: command not found.
Next I tried using the cardctl command and I still got:
bash: cardctl: command not found.
That card I am workind with is a Cisco aironet 340 series.
the ifconfig/cardctl are not in the search path for exectutable programms by default. simply open ~/.bashrc and add:
export PATH=$PATH:/sbin:/usr/sbin (includes /sbin and /usr/sbin to search path)
after doing so save and open the bash again and ifconfig/cardctl should work without typing the whole path. (btw: when you think you have a programm installed you can also try "whereis <command>", what gives you the path to the programm).
for your main problem: don`t know where the problem is but maybe try using ndiswrapper. this allows you to use the windows- driver for your card with linux: ndiswrapper
Ok now i am trying to do this with another laptop(same card). This time the distro is Mandrake 10.1 community. I am doing that same thign i did in Fedora to get the wifi card work, but for some reason the card still has no sign that it has power to ( flashing lights) and linux says that the card isnt present. Any suggestions?
I am trying to give this ndiswrapper a chance, but when i do make install i get this :
[root@ Driver]# make install
make -C driver install
make: Entering directory `/home/ccerinojr/Desktop/Driver/driver'
Can't find kernel sources in /lib/modules/188.8.131.52-10mdk/build;
give the path to kernel sources with KSRC=<path> argument to make
make: *** [prereq_check] Error 1
make: Leaving directory `/home/ccerinojr/Desktop/Driver/driver'
make: *** [install] Error 2
First, the issue with not being able to find commands with root; I suppose you are using `su` only to switch to root. If so, since this will not read /etc/profile your search paths will not be set properly as the user root. You must do `su -`. Then you will see you have no problems with the commands like ifconfig or cardctl.
Second, can you (as root) issue and post the output
chkconfig --list pcmcia
Odds are the pcmcia daemon somehow is disabled (though I still think the issue is with the driver.