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Old 12-31-2004, 08:26 PM   #1
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PCI wireless adaptor

I have an Orinoco 802.11b Gold PCI Adaptor - with PC Card. This looks like the orinoco pc card that I put in my laptop (which worked without incident by the way), except this is built into an adaptor that plugs into a PCI slot on a desktop computer.

I have been having the nastiest time with this device. I have built a kernel getting pcmcia support from the kernel tree (2.4.26). I have also tried building a kernel and using the pcmcia-cs stuff as stand alone modules. Some people recommend that. I have had no luck either way.

The results of lspci are:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03)
00:04.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
00:04.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
00:04.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
00:04.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 02)
00:0c.0 Network controller: Lucent Microelectronics: Unknown device ab20
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage 128 RF/SG AGP

So, the network card is detected in the PCI slot.

Some one suggested putting "alias eth1 orinoco_pci" in the /etc/modules.conf file. This does no good. Any attempt to insert pcmcia (i82365, yenta_socket) drivers fail with the complaint that there is no such device.

The manufacturer, to their great credit, have directions on a website for installing with linux. They suggest using this in some start up script:

I used this also to no avail.

If anyone out there has any experience with this sort of thing, I would be extremely grateful for some suggestions.


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