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Old 02-08-2003, 02:48 PM   #1
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PCMCIA support when recompiling for Kismet???

I'm thoroughly confused as to whether I need to include PCMCIA support when I'm recompiling my kernel in order to use kismet. Half of the websites I research say to do it one way (include PCMCIA as modular support), the other half the other (turn off PCMCIA support). And I haven't had any success on my own either way.

To start, I have RH8.0 running on the 2.4.18-14 kernel. I have an IBM Etherjet 10/100 cardbus ehternet adapter and an Avaya Silver wireless card. With both cards plugged in, I did a fresh install of RH8.0. Afterwards, both the IBM and Avaya cards work fine. I can browse the internet either through my ethernet card or through my wireless card. So everything is currently setup correctly. I've noticed in the /lib/modules/2.4.18/pcmcia folder, there are xircom_cb.o and xircom_tulip_cb.o (presumably for my ethernet card) and in the /lib/modules/2.4.18/kernel/drivers/net/wireless there are hermes.o, orinoco_cs.o and orinoco.o (among others) presumably for my wireless card.

To start, when I open the System Settings > Network gui, where is this information stored? The /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts file doesn't contain any exact information about my Avaya card. Nor does the /etc/pcmcia/wireless file. The gui has to grab information from somewhere...any ideas?

So when I recompile, I would like both my ethernet and wireless cards to work correctly. If I turn off the PCMCIA and CARDBUS support in xconfig, I'm affraid I won't get my ethernet card working again. According the pcmcia-cs page, the IBM Etherjet card is not directly supported by the pcmcia-cs set of drivers. They provide a link to an alpha driver (tulip.c), but it's quite dated (2000 I believe) and no guarantees that it will work. So do I need to include modular support for PCMCIA? or CARDBUS? or both? or neither?

I'm not a unix guru by any means, and all this seems a bit confusing. Any suggestions/advice I would appreciate.


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