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Old 11-24-2003, 10:47 AM   #1
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Cool Wireless issue with redhat 9

I am new to linux (6mos +) and I am having a issue with a wireless card that I have. I purchased a Proxim Orinoco 802.11a/b combocard (otherwise known as the silver card) and have not been able to get it to work in Redhat 9. What I have done thus far is visit the Proxim site and tried their outdated drivers, I have also visited the linux-wlan site and used their latest distro of drivers without success. The latest thing that I have tried is downloading the latest pcmcia-cs kit and tried loading that and ran into another issue (so to count I have two issues) of installing that. So in a attempt to install the pcmcia-cs package I reconfiged the kernal using instructions from and turned off pcmcia support. Upon reboot I get the following error:

I believe this is due to my system being a triple boot system with windows xp and windows 2000. So my hope is to get resolution to the following problems:

"VFS: Cannot open root device"LABEL=/" or 00:00"
"please append a correct "root=" boot option"
"Kernal panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 00:00"

1. Does anyone have the orinoco silver combo card and have you gotten it to work in redhat9
2. Can anyone help me to resolve the kernel issue I am experiencing that I mentioned above

Also, if anyone has a wireless card that they have working in redhat 9 and they have the details of how its working, I would be greatly interested in hearing that. Thanks for any help that can be given.
Old 11-24-2003, 11:20 AM   #2
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Netgear MA 401? I think is what it is, its the Netgear wifi B card, works great, lasts long time.

Your problem doesn't seem to be wifi card, but I am a newbie as well, it seems to be related to the kernel reconfig. I don't know if your card requires it, but the orinoco drivers that came with RH9 worked with my card listed above. It did take some configuring from the "Network Configuration" gui.

You using Grub? I would look at the /boot/grub/grub.conf file and see if your "root=" location is set correctly. I screwed mine up so I have to type this in every time I reboot.

Old 11-24-2003, 12:07 PM   #3
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I tried playing around in the gui but with no luck. In regards to grub; The following is my config lines from grub:

title red hat linux (2.4.20-8custom)
root (hd0,6)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-8custom ro root=LABEL=/
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-custom.img
title red hat linux (2.4.20-8)
root (hd0,6)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-8.img

I tried to do a auto detect in the network panel as well as configure the orinoco driver from the network panel with no luck and I am not sure looking at the above spec, why the custom kernel gives that error. Any ideas?


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