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Old 12-10-2002, 03:52 PM   #1
Skidde
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Linksys WPC11 Version 3 on Slackware 8.1


From what I've seen from searches (Google), this is a semi-common topic... but none that I saw were rather recent, so I figured I'd start a new one.

First off, I'm only 13 years old and I'm completely new to Linux, though I have used computers almost all my life. Thus you'll have to simplify a lot of your answers that are Linux specific, and probably some others too.

Anyway... I just got a Linksys WPC11 Version 3 network card for a laptop (noname brand) with 96 mb ram, roughly 3 gigs hd, and a 350mhz AMD Athlon processor. The card is detected, as the LEDs both go on and /sbin/cardctl ident shows information about the card. I also get the message:

cardmgr[49]: unsupported card in socket 0

upon starting the system. I've been searching even before I got the card (when it was being shipped) and have basically come across a couple useless (as far as my skills are concerned, anyway) documents that confuse me. So help here would be really appreciated.

A couple documents I found were:
http://gc-central.com/linuxdriver.txt
http://www.baker.com/fom-serve/cache/3.html

Again, thanks in advance for the anticipated help.
 
Old 12-10-2002, 07:53 PM   #2
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The issue comes from the fact that there just isn't a chipset ID in /etc/pcmcia/config for it, its just another prism2 card and the vanilla onboard orinoco_cs module with work with it, but without that entry in 'config', cardmgr doesn't know what to bind to it... We've come up with a couple homecooked config entries in this forum that'll work alright, I'm kinda in a rush otherwise I would track it down. Post back if you can't find it and I'll track it down.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 12-10-2002, 09:27 PM   #3
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I found a topic (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=15881) with similar situations.

Thus far I copied hermes.conf and the other two files to the /etc/pcmcia directory, but now Linux will not detect information about the card. I also added the information to the end of hermes.conf that was in the aforementioned topic:

card "Instant Wireless Network PC Card"
manfid 0x0274,0x1613
bind "orinoco_cs"

Upon booting I get several errors like the following:

cardmgr[48]: config error, file './hermes.conf' line 1: syntax error

Additional errors like the following occur in ./config.opts on lines 8, 9, 10, 16, 21, 25, 28, and 42, which appear to be all the lines with uncommented text.

It is followed by warnings from cs about no high memory space, and two messages about being unable to map card memory. I get this message:

cardmgr[49]: socket 0: Anonymous Memory

and modprobe memory_cs is then executed, followed by:

memory_cs: RequestWindow: Resource in use
cardmgr[49]: get dev info on socket 0 failed: Resource temporarily unavailable

I know it would be easier to see the entire block of output, but I have no way of doing that other than typing it all by hand, a time consuming process as you'll understand.

More advice would be useful. I will continue to look though the said topic.

Also, I am using kernel 2.4.18 if that is of relevancy.

Update: I found orinoco_cd listed in the config file with device driver definitions, which may very well be essential... but as I am not sure, clarification would be appreciated.

Last edited by Skidde; 12-10-2002 at 09:33 PM.
 
Old 12-10-2002, 09:56 PM   #4
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It seems those config files may have gotten a little messed up, if you opened them in pico and then saved them, pico may have line wrapped some lines into uncommented space that aren't supposed to not be un-commented. I know there were about 4 double negatives there, but does that make sense?

Also, you'll probably have more luck with crafting your config entry from the information (especially the manfid), from:

/sbin/cardctl ident

That's the info right off of the card you have in the pcmcia socket.

Make certain you didn't change any of those conf files by accident, if its a comment line, the hash mark: "#" has to be the first character in the line.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 12-10-2002, 10:30 PM   #5
Skidde
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Well I don't even have pico, nor did I open up the config.opts file at all. So that's probably not the problem.

I used the command you supplied earlier (since it no longer works due to the syntax errors) and it yielded the same results as the person in the thread I posted earlier, so I decided to use the same entry. I'm a bit tired right now, but I'll probably just try again tomorrow with those files, since there's the strong possibility I missed something.

Thanks for the help so far. But do you have any other ideas as to what might be causing the syntax errors?

EDIT: I'm seeing a few things about more tweaking necessary for versions 2.5 and 3... so since I have 3, am I covering these extra tweaks? Or is there something I may be missing? Help is appreciated.

Last edited by Skidde; 12-10-2002 at 10:40 PM.
 
Old 12-11-2002, 03:10 PM   #6
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UPDATE:

First off I hate to double post, but I figured I'd share my success story.

Well after I had all those problems with identifying the card, I decided to reinstall... this was probably good, since my previous recommendation was to install not too much and download more recent things later. This contributed to a lack of functionality.

Anyway, I reinstalled and tried only the hermes.conf file. I still got errors, and one low beep (as opposed to the high beep, then honk sound). I entered the card info into hermes.conf to no avail, so next I tried the regular config file, restarted pcmcia, and... well, let's just say I'm on a different computer making this post.

Thanks finegan and the people in the other topic... after the card started working, I followed the intructions in the topic I posted the URL to earlier. Now I'm quite happy.

Thanks again.
-Skidde
 
  


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