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Re: orinoco wireless with WEP under kernel 2.6.14-2-686

On Thursday, 29 December 2005 at 13:48:28 +0100, Richard Mittendorfer wrote:
> Also sprach Richard Lyons <richard@the-place.net> (Thu, 29 Dec 2005
> 10:59:24 +0000):
> > 
> > To my innocent eye, this suggests that there are two problems:
> >   - /e/n/i not sourced at bootup
> Do you have any other configuration tools installed that might interact
> through hotplug/pcmcia? Is it a cardbus/pcmcia card at all? If, what
> does "lspci" and the logs tell when it's plugged in? 

No other tools that I can think of.  lspci is silent on the pcmcia card.
Here is a log entry:

dmesg:eth0: Hardware identity 0001:0004:0005:0000
dmesg:eth0: Station  identity 001f:0001:0008:0048
dmesg:eth0: Firmware determined as Lucent/Agere 8.72
dmesg:eth0: Ad-hoc demo mode supported
dmesg:eth0: IEEE standard IBSS ad-hoc mode supported
dmesg:eth0: WEP supported 104-bit key
dmesg:eth0: MAC address 00:02:2D:A6:07:BB
dmesg:eth0: Station name "Hermes I"
dmesg:eth0: ready
dmesg:eth0: index 0x01: Vcc 5.0, irq 3, io 0x0100-0x013f

> >   - kernel/modules problem with encryption.
> There should  be a description about what to choose when compiling the
> kernel. AFAICR The config you posted didn't look bad. check this.

Mine is a standard kernel, so I am glad it doesn't look bad.

> Have you tried manually without DHCP?

The wireless connection works with DHCP, it is only the encryption key
that causes it to fail.  WHen I turn off security at the router/access
point, I have no difficulty in getting a connection.
> > castagna:~# iwconfig eth0
> > eth0      IEEE 802.11b  ESSID:"Coixxxxxxxxx"   Nickname "HERMES I"
> >           Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.427 GHz  Access Point:
> >           00:0F:B5:51:D7:FC Bit Rate:11 Mb/s  Sensitivity:1/3
> >           Retry limit:4   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
> >           Encryption key:xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xx   Security
> >           mode:open Power Management:off
> >           Link Quality=10/92  Signal level=-78 dBm  Noise level=-88
> >           dBm Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:305  Rx invalid
> >           [...]
>                                               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> Never seen this before. There's the problem for sure. 
> Does this card work with earlier kernels? Is udev in use?

Yes, udev is in use.  I am almost certain that I had the same difficulty
(or similar -- at that time I did not bother to investigate much) with a
2.6.12 kernel on a Dell Inspiron 8200 with the same card.  That probably
did not have udev running.

Thanks for your help thus far.


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