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Old 03-24-2004, 06:19 AM   #1
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Unhappy Cannot Install Orinoco Silver Card in Red Hat 8.0


I was wondering could someone help me install orinoco silver card by Lucent Technologies. It is 11 Mbit/s. Thats all I can tell about the card. I am doing a project for college and I need the card working under Linux. I will have to use Kismet with this card also. My project is about cracking wireless networks.

I also get 2 beeps when I boot linux. One is high and the other is lower.
I am using a DELL inspiron 2650 laptop if thats any use.

I have tried Red Hat Linux 8.0 + Kismet HOWTO but after I have tried to install the orinoco drivers all seems to be going well until I run dmesg the wrong information is shown it doesn't see eth1. The orinoco driver I tried for this is orinoco-0.13e

I have tried pcmcia-cs-3.2.7.tar.gz driver and also pcmcia-cs-3.1.6
These are the commands I've used
tar xzvf pcmcia-cs-3.2.7.tar.gz
Ive unpacked this in /usr/src and I've also tried it in the root I think can't remember. I've been at it so long.

cd pcmcia-cs-3.2.7

tar xzvf ../wlli602.tgz

wlli602.tgz came on the cd with the card

then i make config
make all - I have an error here
so I can't go any further.

In everything I've tried it doesn't seem to recongize eth1 or eth0.

I've gone into system settings and network and added eth0 but that has no effect.

I am relatively new to Linux so could you please explain in detail.

Thanks a million in advance
Old 03-24-2004, 12:24 PM   #2
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Before you can make anything, you'll need the tool with which to do it.
Use the Red Hat package manager to install the development tools, kernel source and headers from the CDs.

This should allow you to build and install the 0.13e orinoco_cs driver (an earlier version is already in the kernel).

Next, don't worry about the card services. That package should have installed during the main installation process. The "beep, boop" means that card services is running, but the driver isn't.

Use the RH network config tool ("neat" from the command line as root) to set up the card. This will update two important files (/etc/modules.conf and /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ethx) with the parameters your set - things like SSID and DHCP or static IP - while shielding you from the ugliness of manual edits.

Set the wireless parameters to match your access point (ESSID, WEP, infrastructure mode, aut rate) and the network parameters as desired (DHCP, static, DNS, gateway).

Restart card services (/etc/init.d/pcmcia restart) and see if you get two beeps instead of beep/boop.

Once you get past this part, you'll need to patch and reinstall the orinoco driver to work with Kismet. I use the patches and instructions found here:

Finally, a couple of Kismet gotchas:
Read and understand the config file for Kismet. If I recall correctly, the default settings will work with the orinoco card, but double-check.
Kismet will not run if the interface is not up, so do a ifconfig ethx up before running it just in case.

Hope that gets you going.

BTW, the latest released version of Knoppix (3.3 - 3.4 is floating around in some places) has Kismet, Arisnort and the patched drivers, a newer kernel than RH 8 and will boot from CD without the pain you're going through. If your goal includes learning to install and configure wireless networking under Linux, I applaud the effort. I you just need to get a working Kismet platform going to get to the meat of the project, burn a Knoppix CD and go.
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Thanks for that 2Gnu. I will try it Straight Away. Will let you know how I get on. Thanks Again
Old 04-05-2004, 08:05 PM   #4
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If you basic problem is getting wireless to work. I would recommend the following 2 alternate procedures.

edit your file /etc/modules.conf
add the following line :

alias eth0 ornico_pci

Now I understand that you might not have that exact Ocrnico wireless card, however this driver which comes inbuilt(in mandrake 9.2 atleast) is known to work with most of the wireless cards. It worked on my HP Pavillion ze5385 running Mandrake 9.2. Give it a shot and let me know if it worked.

If you have windows drivers working fine for your WLAN card, you can make them work on Linux too. There is a wrapper available which makes Windows drivers work in Linux. This can be downloaded from
This needs atleast kernel(2.4.25 or 2.6.4)
Old 04-05-2004, 08:39 PM   #5
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How will loading a PCI driver help when jacon is using a PC Card? The ndiswrapper has no applicability here either as the drivers for this card are in the kernel, and have been since 2.4


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