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Re: orinoco wirless card not detected

On Sat, Oct 25, 2003 at 10:24:07PM -0700, Tim Folger wrote:
> Hi,
> I just installed Debian Woody on a Fujutisu notebook,
> with KDE 2.2 as the window manager. I'd like to set up
> wireless networking, but Debian doesn't seem to detect
> my orinoco card. I've installed wireless tools,
> korinoco, discover, and synaptic, but not much else
> besides KDE. When I issue the "modprobe eth1" command
> the card isn't found. I'm very new to Linux (still
> can't believe I managed to install Debian) and would
> appreciate any advice. 
> Tim
Hi Tim-

I am using one right now.  I have a Orinoco Gold 11mb card and an RG1100
that I use here.  I don't know that you have compiled or have the
necessary kernel modules.  When I insert my orinoco gold card in my
debian unstable laptop, the following modules are autoloaded for me:

orinoco_cs              4756   1 
orinoco                35060   0  [orinoco_cs]
hermes                  5988   0  [orinoco_cs orinoco]

I also use dhcpcd to get an address.  My approach is to build a new
kernel either using make-kpkg or doing a regular linux kernel compile.  I
elect to use the orinoco drivers and the hermes interface.  These can be
found in Network Device Support -> Wireless LAN (non-hamradio) and then
elect to use Hermes chipset and the Hermes PCMCIA card support.  There
is one additional file called hermes.conf which I always get which is a
list of the key bindings for the orinoco_cs drivers.  My last step is to
edit the /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts file and add whatever stuff I need
like my WEP key, ESSID, etc.  You can also edit /etc/pcmcia/network.opts
and tell the interface to use dhcpcd if you have a dhcp server or if
your wireless AP does that for you.

If you need a level of detail around how all this works, definitely take
a look at this site:


Jean presents the information in a very structured way and he goes
through the cards, the drivers, how to use things like iwconfig, etc.

Since you don't mention compiling a kernel, I will assume you are using
the default kernel from the installation.  If so, I am unsure whether
that kernel has the modularized or compiled in orinoco_cs drivers.

Take care.

Michael Perry | do or do not. There is no try. -Master Yoda
mperry@lnxpowered.org | http://www.lnxpowered.org

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