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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 9:43 pm    Post subject: [SOLVED] prism54 ISL3890 problem Reply with quote

Hello.
This is the first time I use a wireless card, I always used access points because they are simplyer to manage.

I bought an SMC2802W - EZ Connect g 2.4GHz 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Card, the same written in the help of the prism54 module in the kernel, thinking it was easy to get working.

lspci
Code:
00:0c.0 Network controller: Intersil Corporation ISL3890 [Prism GT/Prism Duette] (rev 01)


I emerged prism54-firmware.

I need to connect with my wireless router, that give dhcp service.

First time I compiled the prism54 module as built-in in my 2.6.16-gentoo-r7 kernel, but I can't get the card working.
Now I've build it as a module, but the result is the same...

iwconfig always tell me that the card is not ready and I don't know what to do...
Code:
eth0      no wireless extensions.

lo        no wireless extensions.

eth1      NOT READY!  ESSID:off/any
          Mode:Managed  Channel:0  Access Point: Not-Associated
          Tx-Power=31 dBm   Sensitivity=0/200
          Retry min limit:0   RTS thr=0 B   Fragment thr=0 B
          Encryption key:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0


I'm simply a noob in wireless connections, so I ask if someone could help me...
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you configured /etc/conf.d/net as described in our fine handbook?
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-x86.xml?part=4&chap=4#doc_chap3
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I don't undestand the real role of this config file, /et/conf.d/net it's to configure the network at boot time.
But if I want to use a network card configuring it manually every time my pc boot up, I can do it.

The problem is that if i do
Code:
dhcpcd eth1
it ends after some seconds without visible errors, but the card state don't change...
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anything in dmesg relating to prism54? Have you enabled firmware loading support in the kernel?
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UberLord wrote:
anything in dmesg relating to prism54?

The only sting with prism on dmesg is:
Code:
Loaded prism54 driver, version 1.2


UberLord wrote:
Have you enabled firmware loading support in the kernel?

if you intend:
Code:
Symbol: FW_LOADER [=y]
Prompt: Userspace firmware loading support
Defined at drivers/base/Kconfig:21
Location:
-> Device Drivers
--> Generic Driver Options

Yes, is enabled.

Have I to edit some config file?
Maybe hotplug configuration?
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What the hell...

I was playing arount iwlist when i saw this error in dmesg:
Code:
eth1: resetting device...
eth1: uploading firmware...
prism54: request_firmware() failed for 'isl3890'
eth1: could not upload firmware ('isl3890')
eth1: islpci_reset: failure


Please, excuse me, I didn't see it yesterday...
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fount in https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-425670-highlight-isl3890.html that someone had the same problem as me...

But him resolved downgrading from udev 079-r1 to 070-r1...

Now I'm using udev 087, and I fear to broke my system downgrading it to 070-r1...
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, solved downgrading udev to 070-r1.

Now I try all others version of udev and, if I found another working version, I will post here, hoping to help someone with the same problem.

If I don't return, revenge my death! :P
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