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Old 12-21-2003, 12:06 PM   #1
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Question Kernel 2.6 and Atmel-wlan PCMCIA

Hello all,

I am very pleased with how smoothly the new 2.6.0 kernel compiled and installed under Slackware 9.1. I am just having one problem with my Belkin F5D6020 ver 2 PCMCIA wireless card. Under the 2.4.x kernel I was using the drivers for this card hosted at SourceForge but since 2.6 includes support for Atmel chipset cards I am now attempting to use those.

I believe I am close, I compiled in PCMCIA_ATMEL and the needed FW_LOADER (to load it's firmware) as modules and cardctl sees the card and loads the new modules. I am using the hotplug package included with Slack 9.1. However dmesg output gives me this:

eth1: MAC address 0:30:bd:d1:f4:5d
eth1: Atmel at76c50x wireless. Version 0.8
eth1: Belkin F5D6060u index 0x01: Vcc 5.0, irq 3, io 0x0100-0x011f
eth1: firmware atmel_at76c502d.bin is missing, cannot start.

The Kernel Configuration help mentions that the PCMCIA_ATMEL cards may need firmware images, so I downloaded the listed atmel_firmware.tar.gz from the URL they provided. I unpacked it and ran 'make install-hotplug' as I was directed in the README file of this package. Running 'make install-hotplug' installed the firmware images into /usr/share/firmware/atmel_at76c50x and a script into /etc/hotplug.d/firmware. But I still get the message that "eth1: firmware atmel_at76c502d.bin is missing, cannot start.". The firmware image needed by my card is at the absolute path of /usr/share/firmware/atmel_at76c50x/atmel_at76c502d.bin.

Does anyone have any ideas of why the firmware image isn't being found?

Thanks in advance!


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