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Old 08-05-2005, 06:21 AM   #1
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Sierra Wireless Aircard 555 in linux

Hello Guys,
I try to get my PCMCIA to work in mdk 10.1.
I have found 2 promising procedures I want to try.

During boot /var/log/messages loads the PCMCIA adapter loads and the "controller"
report it's watching 2 ports on the adapter.

After I have made input in the text in /etc/pcmcia/config and
added SW_555_SER.dat to /etc/pcmcia/cis/ and reboot

Then I put in card and a green light starts blinking BUT LINUX FREEZE
and a hard reboot (take out the electric plug) is the only way.

Yes I have some progress on the issue.
I reinstalled mdk 10.1 with the pcmcia modem (Sierra Wireless) inserted.
I installed 10.1 again keeping my home directory. This time with Sierra card in the PCMCIA lower port and it was recognized during setup. When i got to the Summary in the install and tried to configure Sierra a big table with all the compatible PCMCIA drivers. Sierra was not among them.

The card was recognized.

I booted with the Sierra Card inserted and got this in /var/ messages:

Aug 5 09:47:30 localhost mandrake_everytime: Starting netprofile: succeeded
Aug 5 09:47:30 localhost init: Entering runlevel: 5
Aug 5 09:47:43 localhost udev: Start udev succeeded
Aug 5 09:47:44 localhost pcmcia: Starting PCMCIA services:
Aug 5 09:47:46 localhost pcmcia: cardmgr[2264]: error in file 'config' line 1468: syntax error
Aug 5 09:47:46 localhost cardmgr[2264]: error in file 'config' line 1468: syntax error
Aug 5 09:47:46 localhost pcmcia: cardmgr[2264]: watching 2 sockets Aug 5 09:47:46 localhost pcmcia: done.
Aug 5 09:47:46 localhost rc: Starting pcmcia: succeeded
Aug 5 09:47:46 localhost cardmgr[2265]: unsupported card in socket 1
Aug 5 09:47:46 localhost cardmgr[2265]: manfid: 0x0192, 0xa555 function: 6 (network)
Aug 5 09:47:48 localhost service_harddrake[2287]: ### Program is starting ### Aug 5 09:47:54 localhost service_harddrake[2287]: created file /etc/sysconfig/harddrake2/previous_hw
Aug 5 09:47:54 localhost harddrake: succeeded
Aug 5 09:47:55 localhost network: Setting network parameters: succeeded

During boot
blinking yellow light on the card then
changed to blinking green light
No 2 high beep. Maybe, since I inserted the card before boot

It was a small syntax error which I sorted out.

I take out and reinsert the card and look at dmesg.
dmesg show nothing as far as I can see.
The last 2 lines in /var/log/messages shows:

Aug 5 11:07:41 localhost cardmgr[2265]: product info: "Sierra Wireless", "AirCard 555", "A555", "Rev 1"
Aug 5 11:07:41 localhost cardmgr[2265]: manfid: 0x0192, 0xa555 function: 6 (network)

I believe this confirms the driver is OK.
function: 6 (network) confuse me, I expected 'serial'

Sierra guide: the card can be accessed in /dev/modem.
It is not there.

The Sierra guide propose to use minicom for testing with AT command. I have never used minicom. I have some experience with 'wvdial' and wonder if I can used this instead.

As a newbie this is difficult for me.

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