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I have an orinoco card from ebay. It comes up in windows as WLAN Pc Card and in linux as a prism2 card. I searched google for the FCC ID and the s/n. I found the FCC ID matched to a couple of peoples gold and silver card from lucent/proxim. Did we get ripped off on ebay with a crappy card with a lucent bottom label (and there is no top label).
Sure looks like the real McCoy. The FCCID matches the real one.
What's the output of cardctl ident?
What's in dmesg after you hot-plug it?
Windows seeing it a WLAN PC card is still bugging me. Certain entries in /etc/pcmcia/hermes.conf could produce this message: "Orinoco or Intersil Prism 2 Wireless" but that's OK - it's matching a hex value from the card with a text description.
Can you modprobe orinoco_cs and make it work?
There's still some old Intersil utility s/w floating around that would let you interrogate the card (even reflash the firmware). You'll have to search for it, though. Proxim pulled it from their public servers.
I upgraded my windows drivers with drivers from proxim and it still comes up WLAN PC Card... Maybe thats just proxims new generic description for windows? I'll post up what happens when I use cardctl ident and modprobe orinoco_cs (does slack 10.2 have orinoco drivers built in?).
Product Info: "Wireless", "WLAN PC Card", "Version 01.01", ""
Manfid: 0x0156, 0x0002
Function 6 (Network)
I tried modprobe orinoco_cs it loaded the module but nothing happened. Is there more steps I need to take to activate a PCMCIA card? In dmesg it says watching 1 socket. I can't even get the lights on the card to come on, even though it sees the card in the socket as an Intersil Prism2 card.
Sorry I didn't see this sooner (I don't hang in this forum as much as I should - this thread really should be in wireless networking, but in any case ...)
Yes, the standard Slack kernel comes with orinoco_cs as a module.
Yes, there's more to do to get it to work. You need to have card services installed and the yenta socket module loaded as well. Maybe you're missing one of those. Does /etc/rc.d/rc.pcmcia restart do anything? Post a complete lsmod after modprobing the orinoco_cs.
As for the chipset changes, there were a couple. After the original Hermes chipset, which was OEM'd under several labels, there was the Hermes II - not Linux compatible as far as I could ever determine. Later, under Proxim, the ORiNOCO name was used for cards with Atheros and other chipsets. Your FCC ID matched the original Hermes, though.
When you updated the drivers in Windows, any mismatch between the Proxim software and your card should have been glaringly obvious. You should see the famous green bar signal strength meter in the taskbar.
One other clue: when you plug the card or restart pcmcia services, do you get any sound? Beep - beep, beep - boop, etc.? (Two beeps is good. Anything else is not.)