Orinoco 802.11b Weirdness!
I ran into a rather weird problem with my network card, this is a
pcmcia card plugged into an old laptop. For some reason when I
start, and stop the pcmcia service my card is no longer recognized.
It seems that it is trying to connect, but I get no green light.
I even reboot and it is still the same problem, except I get
a /lib/modules/sony module error that mentions the module is not
loaded. Before this the laptop had an uptime of 58 days, which I
use to crunch RC5-72. Even before I had to reboot, the green led on
the card was green buy no network activity.
I even did a fsck of the harddrive to see if something was not
right. Everything came up clean. It seems that I am having a
gremlin, which might be hardware related. It seems that the card
wants to come up I see activity on the card but for some reason
it's not doing the job. The behavior is he same regardless of which
pcmcia slot I use.
Has anyone had this sort of problem, it acts like a software problem
but the fsck comes up clean. I did an apt-get update about a week
ago everything was working fine. I am expecting a hardware failure
on this notebook, as it getting around 5 years old, and is on 24/7
but it works. So if I have a component failure, like a harddrive I
probably will not fix it as it would cost more for the component
then the worth of the notebook.