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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 3:01 am    Post subject: Confirm PCMCIA & WiFi Is Working Reply with quote

HI all. I've been through a handful of posts but I'm still having trouble getting PCMCIA and or Wifi (using acx) to work.
I loaded 2005.1 on a Dell Inspiron 8100 with a Linksys WPC54Gv2 wificard using the instructions on http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/2005.1/handbook-x86.xml?style=printable&full=1 for a networkless installation. (the wired ethernet port is broken hence...) I used the 'genkernel all' approach then 4 hours later added myself an account. I looked at https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-410147-highlight-wpc54g.html and all of the links within and decided to go with the http://www.houseofcraig.net/acx100_howto.php installation instructions.

Just to help out
uname -r = 2.6.12-gentoo-r6
lspci -n = 0000:09:00.0 Class 0280: 104c:9066 (Network Controller: Texas Instruments ACX 111 54Mbps Wireless Interface)

My concern here is that the PCMCIA slot is not being seen/monitored by the OS as the lights on the card do not ever turn on, nor does the OS state that anything has been inserted into or removed from either slot. I already started the /etc/init.d/pcmcia script but aside from that I'm not exactly sure what other tests I can do to confirm the system is setup to see or is actively monitoring my PCMCIA slots. According to lsmod I have acx_pci, firmware_class, pcmcia, yenta_socket, pcmcia_core loaded. I even tried entering them into /etc/moduels.autoload.d/kernel-2.6 but that did not seem to help. Based on what I saw when the system booted both acx and acx_pci failed to load after adding them to /etc/moduels.autoload.d/kernel-2.6 and cardmgr is watching 2 sockets.

I'm afraid to continue for fear of 'mix & matching' by using
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-202476-highlight-acx111.html
http://www.houseofcraig.net/acx100_howto.php
http://acx100.sourceforge.net/wiki/ACX
etc
I fear I truly will break something. In addition to that, I won't know exactly where I went wrong and which howto did work.
I have placed three copies of dmesg files available for you to review in case they help:
http://www.phylum.net/dmesg.1
http://www.phylum.net/dmesg.2
http://www.phylum.net/dmesg.3

Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, 0.2.0 pre anything is a WAY old version of the acx driver...

Trying a more recent snapshot (like the ones in ~ portage) will GREATLY increase your chances of success. The driver is now into netdev's git tree and should soon be making it's way upstream to the kernel.

If you have wired networking on that computer, join #acx100 on irc.freenode.net and I'll be able to help you out.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hopped on IRC as haxin & joined #acx100 but didn't see you there.

I have no internet connection on that machine so I can't use emerge unless I get the source & copy it over into the proper location. A quick glance in:
http://www.gtlib.gatech.edu/pub/gentoo/gentoo-x86-portage/net-wireless/acx-firmware/
http://www.gtlib.gatech.edu/pub/gentoo/gentoo-x86-portage/net-wireless/acx/

Let me to suggest I download acx-20060215.tar.bz2 from http://www.gtlib.gatech.edu/pub/gentoo/distfiles/ and tiacx111c16 from http://acx100.erley.org/acx_fw/acx111_linksys_wpc54g_v2/fw2/ (both of which I already have on a usb key)

Should I place both the FW & acx driver into /usr/portage/distfiles then `emerge acx`?
(can't do it now as I'm at work and of course I can't ssh into the box)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm generally in the room from 18:00 to 01:00 GMT-5. The howto on the wiki is your best bet on how to do it. I've been actively maintaining that howto and fixing it to reflect the latest changes and requirements.

Alternately, the acx driver is in MM sources. You could just use mm-sources and be done with all the version mismatch crap.
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