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Old 10-06-2005, 02:56 AM   #1
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Intel Pro/Wireless 2011B Lan PC Card problem


Well Ive been an LFS user for a while and just installed LFS-6.0 on my Dell C610 Laptop.
I have a Intel Pro/Wireless 2011B Lan PC Card, Model WPC2011BWW. From what I have read on this PCMCIA card; the driver needed is a Symbol Spectrum24 CF. My dilema is that I cannot find anyone, or anyway for that matter to get it to work on a 2.6.x kernel. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could point me in the right direction as how to go about doing this, if it is even possible. Thanks again in advance.
 
Old 10-06-2005, 07:36 AM   #2
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If I'm understanding my googling correctly, those drivers actually got merged into the Orinoco project, and therefore are part of the kernel. The module is called spectrum_cs. You could try loading that module to see if it is already there, or otherwise you'll have to recompile your kernel to add it.
 
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Thanks for the reply Hangdog42. I have tried enabling that module... actually the Prism/Orinoco/ and Symbol modules are a part of the hermes chipset. I have tries enabling all hermes attributes in the kernel and nothing.... even though pcmcia-cs is not for kernel 2.6, i have installed it for the cardctl binary, which does detect the wireless card... but lspci does not? I have wireless tools installed but it doesnt detect any wireless card. I have enven tried ndiswrapper with the windows drivers and no luck there...
 
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I am completely unfamiliar with this card, so my apologies if my questions are a bit basic.

Instead of compiling all the Hermes options into the kernel, it might be a good idea to compile them as modules. The reason I'm suggesting that is it might be helpful if you can load the spectrum_cs module and then have a look at dmesg to see what is going wrong. I guess I'm afraid that without some error messages, it is going to be difficult to diagnose what is happening.

As far as lspci not seeing the card, that is to be expected. lspci only sees things attached to the pci bus, and since this is a pcmcia card, it doesn't see it. The fact that cardctl does see it is a good thing to my way of thinking. Similarly, I don't think wireless tools will see anything until there is a functioning driver in place.
 
Old 10-06-2005, 03:49 PM   #5
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Thanks for clearing somethings up for me. I did what you said and I got an error message in dmesg.

here it is :

cs: memory probe 0x0c0000-0x0fffff: excluding 0xc0000-0xcffff 0xe0000-0xfffff
orinoco.c 0.13e (David Gibson <hermes@gibson.dropbear.id.au> and others)
orinoco_cs.c 0.13e (David Gibson <hermes@gibson.dropbear.id.au> and others)
hermes @ IO 0x100: Timeout waiting for card to reset (reg=0x0000)!
eth1: failed to initialize firmware (err = -110)
orinoco_cs: register_netdev() failed

Now I know for a fact that my card does not have the firmware built into it. When I was looking at the Spectrum24 drivers (now part of orinoco) it said to use the CF version cause it had the firmware. I looked around online for something about this error in dmesg and no luck with anything helpful. I mean all it looks like I need is the firmware but who knows if the CF version of the driver got merged with orinoco drivers.
 
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I'm not sure if this helps, but according to this Intel page , the 2011B uses the Prism2.5 chipset. If you can find firmware for that chipset (maybe the linux-wlan-ng project?) you might be able to get it loaded at run time.
 
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Well while I was checking out the linux-wlan-ng project, I came across a thread http://lists.linux-wlan.com/pipermai...ne/001199.html which states that the intel cards dont use prism firmware, but use symbol firmware which is not supported in linux-wlan-ng project. I will see if I can find any more information and see if I can find the correct symbol firmware, in the mean time any help will be greatly appreciated.
 
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I've looked around for the Symbol firmware, but the only place I find it is on the Symbol Technologies web site. I hvae no idea of this is what you need or not. Sorry, this card is way out of my experience.
 
  


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