my experience with a compaq wl110

fad fad at
Sat Dec 8 10:20:54 EST 2001

I just thought i would share my experiences with a compaq wl110, and a
cardbus TI pci adapter,
the adapter worked fine in linux 2.2.18pre21, however i couldnt get anything
to compile, i tried orinoco-0.08b and the lucent half binary drivers.
After alot of stuffing around i installed 2.4.12 kernel, which was a bit
along with pcmcia-cs 3.1.15 and wireless tools 22,

These were in my apt /etc/apt/sources.list file

deb potato main
deb-src potato main

They allow an upgrade to 2.4 from 2.2 all you need it a apt-get update
apt-get upgrade,
there are some packages which die in 2.4 like ppp and ipmasq, this will fix
it, you also need to upgrade a libc.
Anyway after getting the kernel to work, remember to set the required kernel
options on the compile,
(kernels at
compile and install the pcmcia-cs and wireless tools, there should be
drivers in your kernel, if you compile them, else get the orinoco-0.08b

if you can insmod the orinoco_cs.o , where you first load hermes.o and
orinoco.o first, then your card is there.
you will need to now set some options into /etc/pcmcia

there are examples for /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts

I had to add this to the /etc/pcmcia/hermes.conf, my compaq card was first
undetected as unknown, and then as a prism II card, which is fine but the
driver was wvlan_cs.o, and i wanted orinoco_cs.o
so i editied it with
# First class of device : Lucent & OEM
card "Orinoco or Intersil Prism 2 Wireless"
  manfid 0x0156,0x0002
  bind "orinoco_cs"

finally all you need to do is set /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts and network.opts

and as a result i now have a wireless card,
I found it very hard to find information on this, about why i needed to
upgrade and why the drivers which were back ported wouldnt work in 2.2.18
so this might help someone,

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:10:4B:2F:E1:81
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          RX packets:2991013 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:3480055 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
          Interrupt:11 Base address:0xde00

eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:02:A5:6E:62:12
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          RX packets:33472 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:48983 errors:4 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
          Interrupt:5 Base address:0x100
eth1      IEEE 802.11-DS  ESSID:"my network"  Nickname:"router"
          Mode:Ad-Hoc  Frequency:2.457GHz  Cell: 02:02:A5:6E:62:12
          Bit Rate:11Mb/s   Tx-Power=15 dBm   Sensitivity:1/3
          Retry limit:4   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off

its nice to be important but its more important to be nice


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