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Old 07-24-2006, 12:06 PM   #1
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Question how to downgrading Lucent/Agere firmware on orinoco gold card?


i am running ubuntu 6.06 and also debian sarge on two different laptops. i am trying to use my lucent card but apparently monitor mode is not supported with firmware 8.72. upon reading some forums i was advised that i need to downgrade the firmware to version 6...
not sure where to start with that. if anybody could tell me how i can go ahead and do that i would really appreciate it !!!!

below is dmesg output:

[17579095.532000] eth2: Firmware determined as Lucent/Agere 8.72
[17579095.532000] eth2: Ad-hoc demo mode supported
[17579095.532000] eth2: IEEE standard IBSS ad-hoc mode supported
[17579095.532000] eth2: WEP supported, 104-bit key
[17579095.536000] eth2: MAC address 00:02:2D:C0:3D:FE
[17579095.536000] eth2: Station name "HERMES I"
[17579095.536000] eth2: ready
[17579095.536000] eth2: index 0x01: Vcc 5.0, irq 3, io 0x3140-0x317f
[17579096.032000] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth2: link is not ready
[17579096.172000] eth2: New link status: Connected (0001)
[17579096.452000] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth2: link becomes ready
[17579106.868000] eth2: no IPv6 routers present
[17579896.176000] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
[17579896.176000] device eth1 entered promiscuous mode
[17579896.280000] eth1: Monitor mode support is buggy in this
firmware, not enabling
[17580273.876000] device eth2 entered promiscuous mode
[17580273.984000] eth2: Monitor mode support is buggy in this
firmware, not enabling
Old 07-25-2006, 09:00 PM   #2
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Dude! Brooklyn taking over the forums! I'm at Flatbush and 4th ave.

In any case, I have the exact same card, and I'm running Debian unstable, with a 2.6.17-1 kernel. I don't have any of the problems you mention. Here is what happens when I drop in the card:

pccard: PCMCIA card inserted into slot 0
pcmcia: registering new device pcmcia0.0
orinoco 0.15rc3 (David Gibson <>, Pavel Roskin <>, et al)
orinoco_cs 0.15rc3 (David Gibson <>, Pavel Roskin <>, et al)
eth1: Hardware identity 0001:0001:0004:0002
eth1: Station identity  001f:0001:0008:000a
eth1: Firmware determined as Lucent/Agere 8.10
eth1: Ad-hoc demo mode supported
eth1: IEEE standard IBSS ad-hoc mode supported
eth1: WEP supported, 104-bit key
eth1: MAC address 00:02:2D:60:22:8F
eth1: Station name "HERMES I"
eth1: ready
eth1: index 0x01: , irq 3, io 0x2100-0x213f
I see my firmware is 8.10. How did you get 8.73? The good thing about this card is it is soooooo old that it has been built into the kernel for a long, long time. You don't have to play with the ndiswrapper or anything like that.

If you really get stuck, remove the drivers and all that, and then reinsert the card, check out dmesg, and see if that corrects it. You may have better luck (since it is old/ancient hardware) changing your apt-repositories to debian stable or debian testing. Using ubuntu is debian unstable, and that only gives the latest and greatest, which is hurting you in this case.

The only modules you need to run the card are in my earlier dmesg output. You should be able to just modprobe orinoco and orinoco_cs, but just for the record, here are the modules I have loaded:

jim@worklap:~$ sudo modprobe -l|grep orinoco

Last edited by JimBass; 07-25-2006 at 09:03 PM.
Old 08-02-2006, 07:12 PM   #3
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hey man, thanks for the help. bklyn represent. i am currently in williamsburg but its so crowded here. used to be in bushwick about 5 years ago, was much quieter then...

anyway so i am still having some trouble with this. sorry to be such a noob. i guess i should have explained more. i have built in wireless on this machine also which shows up fine (similar to your output)

but the orinoco thing is a pcmcia card that i got extra for this laptop and that's the one with the weird firmware.

so in your post you mentioned trying to get packages from debian stable for this ?
i added this to my apt-get thing ->
deb ./

so now should i just look for orinoco when i run synaptic ? or am i just totally doing something wrong...
do i need to use apt?
i am wondering as to how to un-install this weird firmware since it seems to show up when i put the other card in...

anyway sorry if this is confusing. i really want to get this to work... any help is totally appreciated !!!

- craptops forever !
Old 08-02-2006, 07:37 PM   #4
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Apt won't do it for you. I assumed you could use it to get the correct firmware, but now I think that isn't possible.

What is possible is going to the manufacturer, and getting the newest firmware, which is 8.72.

Follow this link, and click on downloads on the left hand side. Create the account, and then you'll get to a page with driver and firmware downloads. They claim it only works on windows. The firmware goes on the device itself, so either boot into win if you have it, or put the card in a friends machine to do the firmware upgrade. Once that is done, go back into linux, and it should have the 8.72 firmware, which is 4 years old, and probably fixes whatever problem the version you have is giving you. If nothing else, you can request the same version of that firmware that I have, as it is a known good with linux.



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