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From: Ken Gordon (kenmagneticscrolls.com)
Date: Mon Feb 05 2001 - 05:54:22 CST
I have had this card working under redhat 7.0 in an HP Brio celeron thing.
Here is my /etc/sysconfig/pcmcia file.
You will probably want to get rid of any "-v" pretty soon. Most of the pain
that I had was to do with the PCI interrupt routing. You are unlikely to
find a pure PCI wireless cards as most of the chipsets have PCMCIA glue
built in (the natural target for WLAN being laptops). There are a number of
vendors who have ISA bus adapters for actual PCMCIA cards rather than single
piece cards like the WL200.
Reading the (very good) documentation in the pcmcia-cs distributions slowly
and carefully may help. I found that trying to skim it wasn't enough and
that the information really is in there.
I see that you expect to use ad-hoc mode... The reason I say 'had' the card
in an HP is that it is now in a Dell running Windows 2000 and the WL300
access point software. (To get this to work was a laugh too, I had to
disable power management in w2k) This is because the linux-wlan 0.1.7 does
not support adhoc mode (please tell me if it does!) and you cannot get the
AP firmware to download to it without buying the reference design from
I wanted to have my iPaq handheld (running linux) talk to a linux PC using
this stuff. It turns out you need a Windows box to let this happen (ok, I
could have bought a physical AP too).
PCIC_OPTS="pci_csc=1 irq_mode=1 pci_int=1 fast_pci=1"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Conway Wirt" <markintrepid.net>
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2001 12:28 AM
Subject: [lwlan-user]: Non-PCMCIA wireless cards?
> I have a Compaq WL200, and I've been trying to get it to work in a
> Linux box. After about a week of trying, I'm pretty much ready to throw
> in the towel and try another card. As far as I can tell, the Cirrus
> 6729 PCI-PCMCIA bridge will not work with the PCI bus in the computer
> (an IBM PC Server 325). I've exchange emails with the author of the
> PCMCIA linux card services, and he thinks it's probably a timing problem,
> but no combination of timing parameters has helped yet.
> The problem is that it look like all PCI cards are basically PCMCIA
> cards with a PCI- or ISA-PCMCIA bridge, and if the Compaq doesn't work,
> I have no reason to think that any others will work.
> Are there any *true* PCI wireless LAN cards supported, and would it
> be reasonable to expect them (if they exist) to inter-operate with the
> Compaq Wl100's I have in Ad Hoc mode?
> Thanks for the input. I'm at the end of my rope with the d*mn Wl200 :-(
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