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RE: orinoco wirless card not detected (RoamAbout 802.11b card)

Dear All,

I have been trying to setup the Enterasys Network's RoamAbout 802.11b DS
wireless PCMCIA card on Debian notebook for recognizing and strongly
believe to install the "orinoco_cs, however the above message keep
displaying during the compiling.

I would really appreciate if you can provide some advice or suggestion
on this task.

************************ Installation Details
Debian version Woody
Additional package:  libssl-dev, libssl0.7 (testing version),
pcmcia-cs:3.2.5 and kernel: 2.4.20
Loaded Modules: pcmcia-core, ds, i82365, hermes, Orinoco

Error Messages:
Debian:~# modprobe orinoco_cs
/lib/modules/2.4.20/pcmcia/orinoco_cs : unresolved symbol
/lib/modules/2.4.20/pcmcia/orinoco_cs.o : unresolved symbol
/lib/modules/2.4.20/pcmcia/orinoco_cs.o : unresolved symbol
/lib.modules/2.4.20/pcmcia/orinoco_cs.o : insmod
/lib/modules/2.4.20/pcmcia/orinoco.cs.o failed
/lib/modules/2.4.20/pcmcia/orinoco_cs.o : insmod orinoco_cs failed

William Kim
-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Perry [mailto:mperry@lnxpowered.org] 
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2003 2:51 PM
To: debian-laptop@lists.debian.org
Subject: 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.
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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