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Old 11-28-2002, 11:16 AM   #1
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Question Red Hat 8.0+Orinoco Gold WiFi

Hi I' m a severe linux retard at the moment, but interested in expanding my way out of the windows world. anyways, im working on putting red hat 8.0 onto a Hp Pavillion laptop. Everythings working fine aside form the wireless network card im running in the PCMCIA slot. It is a Orinoco Gold card. The system sees the card fine, but cannot start it. when it is selected as the networking device to start at boot, during the boot sequence it gives an error that the card may not be present. when i try to manually activate the card in X's network settings it just give me an "eth0 cannot be started error". The lights on the card are also showing no activity, aside from some brief blinking syncronized when the card is asked manually to activate. I was under the impression this card was supported nativly by red hat 8.0, am i wrong in that assumption?

I'm pretty sure im just missing a configuration setting along the road somewhere, and i'm looking for easy to follow documentation on how to get this card working. If anyone has any tips or links, that would be awesome. Thanks alot.
Old 12-02-2002, 09:59 PM   #2
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In the same boat.

Sorry I can't help as I am in the same situation here.

I do get two beeps the first one high and the last low.

Old 12-06-2002, 10:56 PM   #3
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KepSux, yeah the Orinoco Gold is supported natively under... heck everything back to RH7.0 I think, its the most supported wi-fi card ever. Its probably just a matter of giving it the essid (wireless network name) and encryption key if you are using WEP. This really is most easily done from the command line:

iwconfig ethX essid whatever
iwconfig ethX enc 1234567
dhclient ethX

Where X is the number of whatever the card got assigned, probably eth1 if you have onboard ethernet... the first device recognized is eth0.


are you certain this an Orinoco Gold as a beep and a bonk means that it failed to even see the card, can you paste the chunk of "dmesg" in where it horks all over identifying the card?


Old 08-02-2004, 01:32 PM   #4
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I have this problem and don't know why

I have recently been trying to get this working on my own laptop: a Sony Vaio from the FX series running RedHat WhiteBox.

I too get the 'eth1 cannot be started error' on boot. I know that the MAC address of my wireless card is set up for use on the wireless access point i am trying to use (the admin set it up for me). The problem is I seem to not be able to get the DHCP to assign me an IP address. When I try using the 'dhclient eth1' command it returns the following:

Listening on LPF/eth1/00:02:2d:03:6d:21                          (this is the MAC of my orinoco gold card)
Sending on   LPF/eth1/00:02:2d:03:6d:21
Sending on   Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to port 67 interval 8
DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to port 67 interval 11
DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to port 67 interval 12
DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to port 67 interval 20
DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to port 67 interval 10
No DHCPOOFFERS received.
No working leases in persistent datatbase - sleeping.
Now, the IP of the wireless access point (an apple airport if that's any help) is obviously not but it is actually The ESSID and MAC of the access point are correct when I run ipconfig, it just seems to not be able to find/resolve the actual ip address...
i'm not sure if the hardware is installed properly or if the just needs to know some more configuration information. i will ask the admin as soon as i can if there is any more information needed to get the card to work. Does anybody have any ideas as to why this isn't working?



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