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Old 01-18-2005, 07:00 PM   #1
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what wifi card do I have???


I need some help... I've got a Toshiba A10-S203 with a wifi-card (i'm sure it's got one, it's even got the mac address printed underneat), but I have No Clue as to what card it is. Anyone able to help me? I can't seem to get my Fedora Core3 system-config-network to activate it, it just shows it as a Ethernet-type card, called "Intersil PRISM2 11 Mbps Wireless Adapter", but i need it to be a wireless-type. I tried adding another card on eth1, the same eth-number as the PRISM-thing, but there's no intersil or prism on the list of available cards... do I even have a PRISM-card, or is that wrong too (since it shows as an ethernet-type card)?

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Old 01-18-2005, 07:37 PM   #2
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This should give you a ton of info about your card:

Code:
cardctl ident
Let us know!
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Old 01-18-2005, 08:55 PM   #3
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If it's a mini-PCI card, use the command lspci (optionally with a -v or -vv for more details) to see what's in there.

Alternatively, get the FCC ID number and look on the FCC web site.
 
Old 01-19-2005, 11:12 AM   #4
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cardctl ident gives this:
Code:
Socket 0:
  product info: "TOSHIBA", "Wireless LAN Card", "Version 01.01", ""
  manfid: 0x0156, 0x0002
  function: 6 (network)
Socket 1:
  no product info available
and the FCC website with FCCID:CJ6 PA3171WL only really showed me it was a Toshiba. I found out the names of the people who sent the FCC-registration though, much fun.

This page http://www.roe.ac.uk/~hme/tosh4600/wless.html got the same on cardctl ident, but lsmod on me gives nothing of the kind mentioned there (nothing related to wv_lan, ds, yenta_socket, pcmcia_core). My kernel has support for pcmcia though...
There's no stab file in /var/lib/pcmcia either. Gah..what's wrong..?
 
Old 01-19-2005, 02:11 PM   #5
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It's listed as a generic Prism card in the config file that comes with the latest orinoco_cs drivers, which are also included in the Linux kernel if wireless support is enabled.

This entry in /etc/pcmcia/config should tell your system to use that driver.

Code:
card "Intersil PRISM2 11 Mbps Wireless Adapter"
  manfid 0x0156, 0x0002
  bind "orinoco_cs"
To manually load the module, modprobe hermes orinoco orinoco_cs
Then use iwconfig to set the card parameters.

Post any errors that either of the above commands produce.
 
Old 01-19-2005, 03:15 PM   #6
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Thanks!

I put the
Code:
card "Intersil PRISM2 11 Mbps Wireless Adapter"
  manfid 0x0156, 0x0002
  bind "orinoco_cs"
into /etc/pcmcia/config.opts at the end (/etc/pcmcia/config told me to use .opts, it's include'd at the end), then ran modprobe orinoco_cs (hermes and orinoco might be non-modules in the kernel, modprobing them didn't work) and iwconfig gave
Code:
eth1      IEEE 802.11-DS  ESSID:""  Nickname:"HERMES I"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.457GHz  Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00
          Bit Rate:11Mb/s   Tx-Power=15 dBm   Sensitivity:1/3
          Retry limit:4   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off
so yay :-) It's active now. Thanks!
 
Old 01-19-2005, 05:26 PM   #7
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You're quite welcome. Enjoy.
 
  


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