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Actiontec Problem Restated

My previous request for help drew no responses: was probably poorly stated. Here is a better recap.

1. The Actiontec Instructions (Probably Based on Redhat)

   a) Add to the Wireless Section

           card "Actontec Wireless PC Card 802.11b"
           manfid 0x1668, 0x0101
           bind "orinoco_cs"

Comment: I edited these lines into /etc/pcmcia/config. This seemed reasonable in view of the next instruction, particularly as config contains similar

   b) vi /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts and add the following at the bottom:


           Comment: I used my lan ESSID  instead of any.

   c) vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1
       This should be a blank document.  Add this to it

           DEVICE =eth1

Comment: There was no sysconfig directory in /etc. I created one but probably this is not the right instruction for Debian.

   d) After that you should be able to put in the command:
ifup eth1

        to bring up the card.

Comment: ifup eth1 reports interface eth1 already configured but the card doesn't come up and ifconf -a does not report eth0 or eth1.

2. The linux-wlan-ng Instructions (There are several versions. I did the following)

a) Ensure that the pcmcia-cd source tree is in a subdirectory of /usr/src/modules .... Note that ... /usr/src/pcmcia-cs.tar.gz when unpacked in the /usr/srd directory places
         the pcmcia-cs source tree in the correct location.
         Go to /usr/src/modules/pcmcia-cs
         Execute debian/rules binary-modules

b) Untar linux-wlan-ng-0.1.15.tar.gz.
       Comment: I put the tarball in /usr/src and unpacked as instructed.

Make sure you have a configured kenel and (optionally) pcmcia sources on your system. Note, if you are only building ... prism2_usb drivers you don't need the
       pcmcia source tree.

To configure the linux-wlan-ng package, run 'make config'. Answer the questions.

       Comment: I said yes only to Build Prism2.5 USB (_usb) driver.

       Run 'make all'

       Run 'make install'

           modprobe prism2_usb prism2_doreset=1

           Comment: This runs ok.

           wlanctl-ng wlan0 lnxreq_ifstate ifstate=enable

           Comment: This produces the following:

           hfa384x_docmd: hfa384x_docmd:ctlx failure=REQ_TIMEOUT
hfa384x_drvr_start: hfa384x_drvr_startcmd_initialize() failed, result = -5
           prism2sta_ifstate: hfa384x_drvr_start() failed, result=-5
hfa384x_usbin_callback: hfa384_usbin_callback:Fatal, failed to resubmit rx_urb.


       ifconfig -a reports wlan0.
       cat /proc/bus/usb/drivers reports prism2_usb.
       lsmod reports prism2_usb and p80211.

        After bootup syslog contains

           usb.c: unhandled interfaces on device
usb.c: USB device 3 (vendor/prod 0x1668/0x421) is not claimed by any active driver

       and kern.log contains

           NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for linux NET4.0
           ds: no socket drivers loaded!

One other setup detail. One of the instructions was to edit /etc/modutils/linux-wlan-ng and uncomment the appropriate line. I uncommented alias wlan0 prism2_usb.

This has been a very long entry but I am stumpted.  I hope someone can help.

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