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Old 07-16-2005, 01:41 PM   #1
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ISL3890 chipset problem


I want to set a wifi on a FC3 box using the SMC 2802W card (ISL 3890 chipset).
When i try to activate eth2 it gives
SIOCSIFFLAGS : file not found.
Loads of website refers to but the site is down.
I have put the firmware in /etc/firmware and /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware under the name isl3890 but i still get the same error.
dmesg just says that it couldn't load the firmware.

Any idea?


Old 08-24-2005, 03:24 AM   #2
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I meet the same problem: it couldn't load the firmware!

Somebody could help me??

Old 08-24-2005, 11:30 AM   #3
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i had this problem back in the day with my smc2835w card. there are two things i can think of for you to check:

1] do you have firmware.agent

2] do you have the firmware_class module available for your kernel to use?

to get [1] i had to download it off of

to get [2] i had to recompile my kernel (2.4.23) and make sure that i had the option for all of the firmware stuff checked. for me, i compiled it as a module and let the kernel dynamically load it when necessary. that way, i can do a lsmod and see that firmware_class is loaded when i stick my card into the pcmcia slot. the other choice is, you can just compile it into the kernel and not have to worry about dynamic loads.
Old 08-24-2005, 11:42 PM   #4
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My kerner is 2.6.9-1.667, when config the kernel, I can get the info:

Device Drivers --->
Generic Driver Options --->
--- Hotplug firmware loading support // why it can not be choiced?[*] Select only driver that don't need compile-time external firmware

What does "Hotplug firmware loading support" module depends on other modules ? How could I compile it into the kernel as[*]Hotplug firmware loading support ??
Old 08-28-2005, 09:49 AM   #5
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i've never used a 2.6 kernel before so i'm not exactly sure what the problem is. to my knowledge, firmware loading support does not depend on any other modules.

i went ahead and checked my .config file (actually, used make menuconfig) for my 2.4.23 kernel and found this under:

Library routines --->

there was this entry:

< > Hotplug firmware loading support

for me, i selected this option so that it looks like:

<*> Hotplug firmware loading support

meaning it would (and did) get compiled as a kernel module. from my understanding, such modules get loaded dynamically when they are needed. or, they can be loaded manually with modprobe. i read a bit further and noted that i did not have the option of building the module into the kernel. i only had the option of compiling as a loadable module.

perhaps this is to say that you need to have the option of "loadable module support" selected as a kernel compile option? for me, i have these entries in my config file:

Loadable module support -->[*] Enable loadable module support[*] Set version information on all module symbols[*] Kernel module loader

i don't know if this helped. sorry.
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Thanks for your relpy.
I checked the kernel 2.6.9's .config file, Hotplug firmware loading is supported. Formerly I used the prism54-svn-latest.tar.bz2, and then I changed the Prism54-1.1 stable driver instead of the latest driver. Firmware I used, it's OK now!
Old 08-29-2005, 11:32 AM   #7
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ok, cool!

actually, when i installed prism54 back in april, i downloaded the cvs version from and it did not work. so then i downloaded a stable version known to work for many people (dated 11/2004 !!!) and then everything worked just fine...

props to you for having the presence of mind to try a different build.


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