[Techtalk] wireless PC card *almost* working
katie at katie-and-rob.org
Sat Jan 31 13:04:59 EST 2004
I think I've got my laptop's wireless PC card *almost* working.
First, here are the specs. The laptop is an old Toshiba with Debian
installed on it. The card is a Netgear MA401; the access point is a
What I did to get the card somewhat working:
* Installed the Debian packages linux-wlan-ng, wireless-tools, and
* Plugged in the card. Its LED is a steady green, which according
to the manual means the card has a connection with an access point
or another 802.11b device, but I'm not sure I believe that.
* Ensured that cardmgr was running on my computer.
* Ran 'cardctl ident', with the result:
product info: "NETGEAR MA401RA Wireless PC", "Card", "ISL37300P",
manfid: 0x000b, 0x7300
function: 6 (network)
no product info available
* Ran 'modprobe orinoco_cs'.
* Edited /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.conf so that any entry for a Netgear
MA401 or MA401RA had a 'bind "orinoco_cs"' instead of a 'bind
* Added the following lines to /etc/wlan/wlan.conf:
* Created /etc/wlan/wlancfg-myssid with the configuration
appropriate for my access point.
* Restarted pcmcia services: /etc/init.d/pcmcia restart, which leads
to some output:
cs: memory probe 0x0d0000-0x0dffff: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0x0100-0x04ff: excluding 0x1f8-0x1ff 0x220-0x22f
0x378-0x37f 0x388-0x38f 0x400-0x4c7 0x4d0-0x4ef
cs: IO port probe 0x0200-0x021f: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0x0230-0x0377: clean.
.. and several more similar lines.
* Ran 'iwconfig':
lo no wireless extensions
Warning: Driver for device eth0 has been compiled with an ancient
version of Wireless Extension, while this program is using version
16. Some things may be broken...
eth0 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID:"myssid" Nickname: Prism I"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412GHz Access Point:
Bit Rate: 11Mb/s Tx-Power=15 dBm Sensitivity:1/242700000
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Note that I don't have WEP enabled for this preliminary setup. Baby
Now whenever I restart the computer or manually do a
/etc/init.d/pcmcia restart, it is connected to the access point (it
appears in the station list on the access point's web interface,
and I can reach my network and the Internet) but then the connection
dies after about 30 seconds, for what reason I'd like to know. When
it dies, I get many error messages likes this:
eth0: Tx error, status 4 (FID=030A)
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Katie Bechtold http://katie-and-rob.org/
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