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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2002 7:38 pm    Post subject: PCMCIA wlan working, experiences.. Reply with quote

I have been having problems with my wlan(DWL-650). Finally got it to work, and I would like to share my experiences, and how I understood how everything work:

-I have tried the stuff that was in faq. Card started to work, but didn't correctly unplug. Drivers didn't unload, and I couldn't plug in the card again.

Seems that the orinoco driver is somehow not working, so I decided to try the wlan-ng driver. Just emerging the wlan-ng package wouldn't build prism2 drivers, but from looking package dependencies you can figure out it needs pcmcia for something. So, I USEd pcmcia, and it builded them. (Is there any documentation for packages, and for what they need those USEs?)

cookbook-approach:

1.Do as in faq:"Configure your kernel withOUT PCMCIA/Cardbus support and withOUT support for your network card then compile your kernel."

Kernel has the same drivers as pcmcia_cs, if you tell kernel to use them, pcmcia_cs won't build them. And if you use linux-wlan-ng, you won't need them.

2. add pcmcia to USE (/etc/make.conf)

wlan-ng will not build prism2 pcmcia drivers, if you don't tell it with this switch.

3. emerge net-wireless/linux-wlan-ng

This also installs pcmcia_cs

4. in /etc/pcmcia/config:

find device "orinoco_cs", modify line:
class "network" module "orinoco_cs" to:
class "network" module "prism2_cs"

cardmgr uses this database to find the correct driver for your card. Rather than to use pcmcia_cs's orinoco-driver, use wlan-ng's prism2-driver.

5. do steps 3-5 in faq

Because you aren't using kernel drivers, you need to tell it manually what to load.

when modifying /etc/conf.d/net, remember that wlan-ng-drivers provide them as wlan0.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2002 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CrazyIvan,

What faq are you referring to? I checked the wlan-ng faq and it does not have a 3-5 but rather letters for most questions. The README file doesn't have 3-5 steps either. I've almost got my d-link 650 working and would really like to get it completed before I go to bed tonight. Thanks in advance for your help.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2002 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pem725 wrote:

What faq are you referring to?


Sorry,

I meant the Gentoo forum faq about orinoco and pcmcia-cs:
https://forums.gentoo.org/faq.php?sid=a17a7539adfcf58f89843c63d9abb514#11

I managed to get it to work with the instructions in the faq, but not perfectly. That is why i installed wlan-ng drivers.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2002 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moving to Documentation, Tips & Tricks, as it is not a support request.
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