intel 2011 vs. orinoco on Linux

Robert Lipe robertlipe at
Tue Oct 30 11:32:36 EST 2001

Hello, gang.

I may be off the road here and am hoping for some guidance.   I had an 
Intel 2011 pro/wireless on a redhat 7.0 system that was running fine
with the spectrum24t 1.02 drivers from  
Connections to my Linksys BEFW11S4 were always fine.

I then (perhaps stupidly) decided to upgrade to 7.2 and this meant going from
a 2.2 kernel to a 2.4 kernel.   Feeling the confusion about the pcmcia
stuff being half-in and half-out of the kernel plus wanting to stay
on a basically stock kernel, I chased the orinico_cs drivers.   I never
really got out of the twilight zone with those, but got further with the
0.08a drivers.   

Dmesg shows the card is found:

 PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:0a.0
Yenta IRQ list 0008, PCI irq11
Socket status: 30000419
cs: IO port probe 0x0c00-0x0cff: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0x0100-0x04ff: excluding 0x378-0x37f 0x4d0-0x4d7
cs: IO port probe 0x0a00-0x0aff: clean.
cs: memory probe 0xa0000000-0xa0ffffff: clean.
hermes.c: 3 Oct 2001 David Gibson <hermes at>
orinoco.c 0.08a (David Gibson <hermes at> and others)
orinoco_cs.c 0.08a (David Gibson <hermes at> and others)
eth0: Station identity 001f:0002:0002:0001
eth0: Looks like a Symbol firmware version [V2.20-01] (parsing to 22001)
eth0: Ad-hoc demo mode supported.
eth0: IEEE standard IBSS ad-hoc mode supported.
eth0: WEP supported, "128"-bit key.
eth0: MAC address 00:02:B3:06:04:65
eth0: Station name "Prism  I"
eth0: ready
eth0: index 0x01: Vcc 5.0, irq 3, io 0x0100-0x0147

Ifconfig shows I can tx but not rx:

$ ifconfig eth0
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:02:B3:06:04:65
          BROADCAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:20 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:9904 (9.6 Kb)

But iwconfig returns sort of nutty numbers:

eth0      IEEE 802.11-DS  ESSID:""  Nickname:"rjlaptop"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412GHz  Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00
          Bit Rate:1Mb/s   Tx-Power=15 dBm   Sensitivity:0/3
          Retry limit:16   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=0 B
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality:0/92  Signal level:134/153  Noise level:134/153
          Rx invalid nwid:0  invalid crypt:0  invalid misc:0

It never finds my WAP.   That link quality number can't be good.  The
signal #'s never budge.   

Has anybody actually seen the 2011 work with the Orinoco driver?   Is
there something silly that I'm missing?   Since this card seems to have
a dozen names, I may have crossed the streams and focused on plumbing
up the "wrong" driver.    Any ideas where I've gone wrong?

All help is appreciated.

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