Orinoco issue...

David Gibson david at gibson.dropbear.id.au
Wed Mar 13 09:56:09 EST 2002

On Tue, Mar 12, 2002 at 12:40:09AM -1000, =brian wrote:
> Hi there,
> This might be a simple one.  I am new to linux, have been trying to get my 
> Orinoco gold card to work for some time, have read a lot of info regarding 
> this on the net (some helpful, some conflicting, some outdated and a lot 
> over my head).  Probably missing something obvious.
> After really working at it on my own for a week, I am giving up and asking 
> for help.
> I think my set up is pretty generic:
> Road Runner standard cable modem
> Linksys BEFW11S4 access point / switch / router
> Orinoco Gold (firmware updated to 8.1)
> ThinkPad 600x w/ lots of RAM  (recently updated BIOS)
> Wireless works fine under Win2k pro.
> Installed RedHat 7.2, laptop configuration, w/ the 2.4.7-10 kernel.
> (Set to dual boot w/ Win2kPro.)
> I ask myself:
> Is PCMCIA working?
> Is the Orinoco detected and identified correctly?
> Am I loading the right driver?
> Is TCP/IP configured right?
> What else should I be asking?

Telling us what's actually wrong might be a good start.

> Q: Is PCMCIA working??
> 'cardctl config' says there is a card in slot 1.
> Also: when I eject and reinsert the card, I get the 2 high-pitched 
> beeps.  Lights are flashing optimistically.
> Q: Is the wireless card detected and identified?
> % 'cardctl ident' finds:
> product info: "Lucent Technologies", "WaveLAN/IEEE", "Version 01.01"
> Q: Am I loading the right driver?
> I read about the 3 drivers, David Gibson's orinoco_cs driver sounded 
> best.  I edited the /etc/pcmcia/config file and changed 'bind "wvlan_cs"' 
> to 'bind "orinoco_cs"' under Lucent WaveLAN/IEEE.  I made no other changes 
> to the system.  After rebooting, it still looks like it is loading the 
> wvlan_cs drivers.

It does.  To load the orinoco driver, copy hermes.conf
(http://ozlabs.org/people/dgibson/dldwd/hermes.conf) into /etc/pcmcia.

> Q: Is TCP/IP configured?
> When I run \programs\system\Network Configuration', no network hardware is 
> defined.  If I try to ad some, I see many Ethernet cards, none of which 
> looks right.  I hope to use DHCP eventually.
> Q: What else should I be asking?
> Do I need to use the hermes.conf file?
> Do I need to update the kernel?  (If so, does anyone know of a layman's FAQ 
> on doing this?)

David Gibson			| For every complex problem there is a
david at gibson.dropbear.id.au	| solution which is simple, neat and
				| wrong.  -- H.L. Mencken

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