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Old 01-08-2005, 06:00 PM   #1
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Error for wireless request "Set Bit Rate" (8B20)

Hello all. I have just installed fedora core 3 and need help getting my wireless network card to work. Under Linux my network card shows up as a 'Prism Javelin/Prism Xbow' card.
After searching on the internet I tried to resolve my problem by download the file (from and renaming it to isl3890 then putting it in firmware directory which for fedora core 3 is /lib/firmware (I believe.) When trying to activate the network card on the network tool thing it came up with the following message (didn't change) I also edited /etc/modprobe.conf to add the line:
alias eth1 islpci_cb
Error for wireless request "Set Bit Rate" (8B20) :
SET failed on device eth1 ; Input/output error.
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
Failed to bring up eth1.

Error for wireless request "Set Bit Rate" (8B20) :
SET failed on device eth1 ; Input/output error.
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
Failed to bring up eth1.
I ran some more commands I found on the internet to see what is going on

Please look at for uploaded results
After looking at those results I am now thinking I need the isl3886 file. Where do I get this file from? If I have to download another file from and rename it which one do I rename????

Does fedora core 3 upload these firmware files to the card itself? If naming a wrong file as isl3886 will this then deem my card useless? Will windows still be able to use the card? What is my next step?

Thanks all, Scott
Old 01-09-2005, 05:37 AM   #2
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I have no idea about the firmware load solution you mentioned. However, I can suggest you to have a look at ndiswrapper project at sourceforge. This works for lots of people.

One note though. For some reason it does not work with 724_FC3 kernel. I had to revert back to 681_FC3.

/Oscar Rines
Old 01-24-2005, 03:12 AM   #3
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Thanks for your suggestion, I'll look into it. Thanks for your reply. Sorry for the lateness of my reply but I have just got back from hollidays
Old 06-26-2006, 06:27 PM   #4
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Cool ndiswrapper problems

I successfully configured and have been using ndiswrapper on FC5 for a few months now. Today it suddenly stopped working. An iwconfig would show ESSIDff/any no matter what I did. I completely uninstalled ndiswrapper and removed the drivers. I recompiled from source, reinstalled the drivers and still the same problem.

This is a dual-boot machine with Windoze-XP due to some minor windoze dependencies. I booted into windows and noticed the wireless card light was off. In linux it is always off when booting starts then comes on when ndiswrapper loads the driver.

I turned on the card in Windows, rebooted into Linux and its suddenly working!!!!!

So apparently there is some sort of bios level dependency with my broadcom card which can only be turned on or off through windows.

Very annoying!!! I hope this post helps.



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