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Old 12-20-2003, 07:38 PM   #1
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Orinoco ISA PCMCIA Adapter Install


I bought a Orinoco Silver ISA PCMCIA wireless card for my desktop. I am running RH9's 2.4.20 kernal. I have searched forever on google, trying everything I can find, but nothing seems to work. Can someone start be out small, and walk me through how to determine if the ISA PCMCIA adapter is even install correctly? Once that works, what driver do I need to install. I recently tried wlan-ng with no success.
 
Old 12-20-2003, 08:10 PM   #2
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in slack i edited the /etc/pcmcia/config file. also have to modify the /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts file to setup the network settings.
i'm using the orinoco_cs driver for a MS-520. Check the post in this forum about 'How I got the Microsoft MN-720 (802.11g) card working in Suse 9.0' and that should help you a lot. It got me through it.
Good luck.
 
Old 12-20-2003, 09:13 PM   #3
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I not even worried about the module being installed at this point. I just want to know how I can tell if linux is detecting the pcmcia card. Is there a way to see what devices linux knows about? Don't know if this is related, but I was looking at the system log, and I saw an entry for "Linux Kernal Services" saying that there was "no socket drivers loaded!" What's this mean?
 
Old 12-23-2003, 02:02 PM   #4
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I tried to get an orinoco silver PCMCIA card working on a PCI adapter card on my desktop and gave up and used another wireless device. lspci to see the devices that linux sees. I was able to see the PCI adapter card , but never the PCMCIA card.
 
Old 12-24-2003, 01:57 PM   #5
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OK, now I can see the pcmcia card but I am having issues getting the specifics of the wireless config working. I used "neat" to get the initial setup of my orinoco card. Then I edited ifcfg-eth0 file to change the WEP hex key to the correct format (I think). I used the following format for my hex key: 0x000000...00 where there are 26 characters for the 26-bit hex key. Does this need to be decimal, or can I use the 26-bit hex?

After that, I kept the mode set to "auto". Not sure what to use here. The only other uncertainties I have are the channel (I'm using '1') and the IP. Do I need to manually set the IP, or can I just let dhcp take care of this?

When I do a /etc/init.d/pcmcia restart, I get a failure brining up eth0. It says something about siocsfflags failing. Anyone know what this means?
 
Old 12-24-2003, 03:09 PM   #6
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for iwconfig:
MODE=Managed
ESSID=youressid
CHANNEL=yourchannel
KEY="restricted [1] xxxxxxxxxx"

no leading 0x (hex assumed)
[1] stands for first key.

DHCP boot should work BOOTPROTO=DHCP and GATEWAY=<gateway>
NETMASK=<netmask> BROADCAST=<broadcast>

Also check /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts
 
Old 12-24-2003, 07:15 PM   #7
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Your wireless router should issue addresses so use DHCP. Definitely check your /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts for your network config; I had a problem using a 128-bit key (the 26-digit) so I switched to a 64-bit and it worked fine.
Also, check your /etc/config file - that's where I had to add an entry for my type of pcmcia card and it worked after that.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

brian
 
Old 12-26-2003, 05:45 AM   #8
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Correct me if I'm wrong ( I mean it, I'd like to know the facts) but I think I've read the Orinoco Silver series can't use 128 bit keys, 64 bit is the max. If thats the case, a 26 digit hex key isn't going to work.
 
Old 01-01-2004, 11:22 AM   #9
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I would recommend starting with a 10-digit key (which would be a 64-bit key) to start. Can you get into your router through Windows or something to check its settings? I had to boot into windows, access my router, check the key (so they match), the channel (I think 6 is normal), and any other settings.
I didn't use any hex for the key either, just entered what I saw, e.g., 43F02352D3. You also need to make sure your EESID is right. Did you look at any other posts on setting up wireless? There's a few that give good examples.
Best of luck.
 
Old 01-30-2004, 03:39 PM   #10
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Well, some time has passed and I decided to go with a Orinoco Gold 802.11 a/b card using a pci adapter. All is not good. I get power to the card and all, but the pcmcia card services won't recognize my orinoco gold card. If i plug in my old silver card, it works just fine and gives me two nice happy beeps. Do I need to get driver updates for the gold card?

BTW, when I looked in /var/log/messages i see that bootup is telling me there are "no socket drivers loaded".


what to do...
 
Old 01-31-2004, 09:15 AM   #11
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ok, i think that this card uses the madwifi driver. I installed this successfully using these instructions:
http://madwifiwiki.thewebhost.de/wik...cC54COnRedHat9

My card is getting recognized. when I do lspci:

02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Unknown device 168c.0012 (rev 01)

However, when I do a lsmod, I don't see the module ath_pci getting loaded as it should. dmesg gives me that following:

Linux Kernal Card Services 3.2.11
options: [pci] [cardbus] [pm]
PCI: Found IRQ 9 for device 00:0b.0
Yenta IRQ list 0000, PCI irq9
Socket status: 10000061
cs: cb_alloc(bus 2): vendor 0x168c, device 0x0012
PCI: Enabling device 02:00.0 (0000 -> 00002)
cs: IO port probe 0x0c00-0x0cff: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0x0100-0x04ff: excluding 0x4d0-0x4d7
cs: IO port probe 0x0a00-ox0aff: clean
ath_hal: 0.9.5.3 BETA (Sam Leffler <sam@errno.com>)
ath_hal: driver unloaded

My card is still not getting recognized from what I can tell. Anyone know what I am doing wrong?
 
Old 01-31-2004, 09:15 PM   #12
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I would think you could use these drivers instead:
orinoco_cs, orinoco, and hermes modules
and from my experiences (in Slackware) you need a proper entry in the /etc/pcmcia/config file.
I don't use this card that you're using but for me, once I got that file corrected my card was immediately found and working.
I hope this helps you.
 
Old 01-31-2004, 10:21 PM   #13
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I am not sure what to add to the /etc/pcmcia/condfig file. Do I add another entry for my card such as:

card "my card"
version "my version"
manfid 0x168c, 0x0012
bind "orinoco_cs"

I wasn't sure what goes in the manfid value, so I assume it's referring to the values 2 posts above from dmesg. Let me know if this is correct and I'l give it a try. thanks.
 
Old 01-31-2004, 10:35 PM   #14
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All I know is that I had to and I don't know where the person who helped me got their information but it worked. I added:
card "Microsoft Wireless Notebook Adapter MN-520 1.0.3"
version "Microsoft", "Wireless Notebook Adapter", "MN-520", "", "1.0.3"
bind "orinoco_cs"

I can't begin to tell if or what you should add but this single entry is what got me from just seeing my lights lit up to seeing the internet. Someone around here can answer your questions better than I can but this might be a start.
 
  


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