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Old 03-22-2004, 09:43 PM   #1
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Netgear Ma401 wireless card doesn't work

hello, i am running slackware 9.1 on my laptop and can't get my wifi card to work. it is netgear ma401 card. when i try to use hotplug and insert the card it freezes the entire comp and i have to restart. if i use pcmcia, it just doesn't load. if i insert the card before i boot the comp, the pcmcia stuff detect the card and load orinoco_cs... but just sit afterwards and dont go thru with the booting. so i am have to restart again. is there a way i can get my card to work?

Old 03-24-2004, 02:56 PM   #2
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Well when i first loaded up linux, i heard that there would be a lot of trouble findind a wireless card to work. i heard correctly. i ran an older cisco card for about 10 days then it shit out on me. the only one i know for sure and have been using for about a month now is an older orinocco gold card. good luck
Old 03-29-2004, 12:52 PM   #3
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I'm not on my laptop right now, but I've got a MA401 running on a Slack 9.1 system. I'll take a looksee at it.

I can say, without a doubt, I have not had ANY issue with this card under Slack 9+, SuSE 8.1+, RH8-FC1, Debian Unstable, Gentoo, or Arch Linux.

Where in the bootup is it dying? Any hint in dmesg? I'll be able to get back to you later on this.
Old 02-28-2005, 01:26 PM   #4
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I have Gentoo Linux 2.6.10-r1 running right now and im trying to get my Netgear MA401 card to work but for some reason iwconfig doesnt show my card. When I plug in my card I see the green link light is on, no I know its getting power...

Please help me, I've been trying for weeks :-\
Old 02-28-2005, 04:21 PM   #5
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Ok heres the situation...

-2.6.10 kernel
-pcmcia support enabled on the kernel (will post the .config if requested)
-emerged pcmcia-cs package and added pcmcia to boot

I want to get my Netgear MA401 802.11b pcmcia card working, below is the error im getting at boot:

cardmgr[5554]: watching 2 sockets
cardmgr[5554]: socket 1: Netgear MA401RA Wireless Adapter
cardmgr[5554]: executing: 'modprobe orinoco_cs 2>&1'
cardmgr[5554]: + FATAL: Module orinoco_cs not found.
cardmgr[5554]: modprobe exited with status 1
cardmgr[5554]: module /lib/modules/2.6.10/pcmcia/orinoco_cs.o not available
cardmgr[5554]: bind 'orinoco_cs' to socket 1 failed: Invalid argument

posting in here was my last resort, ive read and read all over, if anyone needs any more information just let me know and ill post accordingly.

Thanks in advance



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