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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

offie,

The firmware is loaded into to wireless device. Its controlled by its own microprocessor and this firmware tells it how to operate.
Its needed regardless of the operating system.

Some windows drivers provide a separate firmware file on the CD provided with the device, some don't
If its there, it will be a file ending in .fw or .bin, try that in place of the firmware you emerged.
The windows to linux switch was aimed at achieving the same thing but allowing Windows to load the firmware.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey there man, nope no *.fw nor *.bin files on the CD.

I can't think what else it could be... how do I find out the name of the file that hotplug is looking for? maybe it has been emerged but the filename is incorrect.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

update: checked this - it's fine.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any further ideas on this? I have read on the forums on the zd1201's website on sourceforge that a check should be removed in the source code and it should fix it. I had a go at this and still, no avail.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

offie,

The driver source code says
Code:
          if (apfw)
                  fwfile = "zd1201-ap.fw";
          else
                  fwfile = "zd1201.fw";
so it will try to load
Code:
/lib/firmware/zd1201.fw
unless you tell the module that you want it to operate as a Wireless Access point. The ebuild shows
Code:
>>> /lib/firmware/zd1201.fw
>>> /lib/firmware/zd1201-ap.fw
so thats as expected.

Two things to try.
1. Rebuild your kernel without the zd1201 driver and emerge zd1201 in its place.
2. upgrade your kernel to the latest testing vanillia-sources and try the in kernel driver there.

Silly question, you do have a /sys directory?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The package "zd1201" is masked; I will upgrade to vanillia sources instead. How do I preserve all my kernel options or do I have to do them alll over again?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

offie,

Copy the .config file from the old kernel to the new kernel, then run
Code:
make oldconfig
in the new kernel tree.
This operation discards all the configuration options that have been dropped and asks you to choose settings for any new options.

There have been some structural changes to make menuconfig, so be sure to check your settings there before you continue the build process.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok;

Changed the kernel, reviewed all settings, made it all updated symlinks etc.... still same problem.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This might also be of some relevance to the problem:

http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-4287623.html
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

offie,

That may well be relevant - your Access Point fimware got into /etc/modules.d/
Oops.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

did you manage to get this working? I'd be pretty interested if you did. I'm new to gentoo, and my 3Com USB adapter worked when I had ubuntu installed but am coming across similar problems as yourself. Anyway am trying the thing mentioned in this thread first.

At this stage I'm recompiling kernel to give hotplug support
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