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Old 08-06-2005, 04:12 PM   #1
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Wifi card won't turn on?

I have a Netgear WG-511 which uses the Prism chipset, apparently one of the better supported chipsets. I just installed Fedora Core 4 today, and when I plug in the card I get a strange problem. The card just won't turn on! That is, the LEDs stay dark.

"lspci" shows the card. "ifconfig -a" shows "eth1" is there, but the MAC address given is wrong (well, it is different from what Windows reports, and the card works fine under Windows).

Here's the programs I tried and their output:

iwconfig --> NOT READY!: ESSID:off/any
ifconfig eth1 up --> SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
ifup eth1 --> Error for wireless request "Set bit rate" (8B20): SET failed on device eth1: Input/output error

Through all these commands, not the tiniest twinkle from my pcmcia card. No "beeps" either indicating that it was configured.

The prism54 module *IS* in the kernel (I insmodded it at one point, not sure if it got loaded on its own).

So, what causes this? Why won't the card turn on?
Old 08-06-2005, 08:03 PM   #2
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Oops, found it myself. The driver couldn't find the firmware image, so I downloaded it, now things work great! Hooray!


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