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Hi. I have a Pavilion ze4430us (known also as ze4400) with an integrated wireless network card (HP WLAN 54g W450, manufacturer Broadcom). Im running Red Hat 9 on it, and ...
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    Integrated Wireless Network card in HP Pavilion


    Hi.

    I have a Pavilion ze4430us (known also as ze4400) with an integrated wireless network card (HP WLAN 54g W450, manufacturer Broadcom). Im running Red Hat 9 on it, and i compiled the 2.4.22 kernel onto it: PCMCIA is turned on, as well as all of the device drivers in networking are put as modules (so theres nothing wrong in the kernel... well, that's what i hope).

    I have also an integrated Ethernet card that works fine.

    The problem is that it doesn't seem to detect the integrated wireless network card. I've read somewhere that i have to put the "modprobe orinoco_cs" line in /etc/rc.d/rc.local and to reboot... i tried that but it gives me this:

    /lib/modules/2.4.22/kernel/drivers/pcmcia/ds.o: init_module: Operation not permitted
    Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
    You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
    /lib/modules/2.4.22/kernel/drivers/pcmcia/ds.o: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.22/kernel/drivers/pcmcia/ds.o failed
    /lib/modules/2.4.22/kernel/drivers/pcmcia/ds.o: insmod orinoco_cs failed

    Now, what I know is that its hooked up onto PCI cuz i did "lspci -v" and, besides some other stuff, it gave me this:

    00:09.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation: Unknown device 4320 (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation: Unknown device 00e7
    Flags: fast devsel, IRQ 9
    Memory at d0004000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
    Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2

    So at least it knows its a network controller, and that its made from Broadcom (so somehow it can readout its MAC address).

    I've downloaded the linux-wlan-ng-0.2.0.tar.gz and installed the prims2_pci module but the same as "modprobe orinoco_cs":

    /lib/modules/2.4.22/net/prism2_pci.o: init_module: No such device
    Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
    You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
    /lib/modules/2.4.22/net/prism2_pci.o: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.22/net/prism2_pci.o failed
    /lib/modules/2.4.22/net/prism2_pci.o: insmod prism2_pci failed

    Although, when i did "dmesg" after "modprobe prism2_pci", it gave me this towards prism2_pci:

    init_module: prism2_pci.o: 0.2.0 Loaded
    init_module: dev_info is: prism2_pci
    init_module: prism2_pci: No devices found, driver not installed.

    Which gives me the idea that the card can't be turned on by a module... and neither by the button it has on the front to turn it on that only works on windows right now.

    What am i missing? What haven't i've done?

    Thanks.

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    if it says no devices foudn then its the wrong driver. (if lspci can detect it then the driver will too)

    what does dmesg say if u run "modprobe orinoco_cs"
    i get that operation not permitted message if there is already a driver using the hardware (eg 2 video drivers for same card)

    check lsmod and see if there is anythign that could already be a loaded driver.

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    ok... but nothing new

    the dmesg after "modprobe orinoco_cs" is:

    hermes.c: 4 Dec 2002 David Gibson <hermes@gibson.dropbear.id.au>
    Linux Kernel Card Services 3.1.22
    options: [pci] [cardbus] [pm]
    ds: no socket drivers loaded!
    unloading Kernel Card Services

    And about the lsmod:

    Module Size Used by Not tainted
    trident 32692 1 (autoclean)
    ac97_codec 17032 0 (autoclean) [trident]
    pcigame 2952 0 (autoclean) [trident]
    gameport 3364 0 (autoclean) [pcigame]
    soundcore 6468 2 (autoclean) [trident]
    binfmt_misc 7368 1
    parport_pc 18756 1 (autoclean)
    lp 8772 0 (autoclean)
    parport 35968 1 (autoclean) [parport_pc lp]
    natsemi 19328 1
    ipt_REJECT 4344 6 (autoclean)
    iptable_filter 2412 1 (autoclean)
    ip_tables 15328 2 [ipt_REJECT iptable_filter]
    sg 31148 0 (autoclean)
    sr_mod 15928 0 (autoclean)
    ide-scsi 12016 0
    scsi_mod 68756 3 [sg sr_mod ide-scsi]
    ide-cd 35392 0
    cdrom 33216 0 [sr_mod ide-cd]
    ohci1394 29096 0 (unused)
    ieee1394 65092 0 [ohci1394]
    nls_cp437 5148 1 (autoclean)
    vfat 12812 1 (autoclean)
    nls_iso8859-1 3548 2 (autoclean)
    keybdev 2912 0 (unused)
    mousedev 5428 1
    hid 17544 0 (unused)
    input 5664 0 [keybdev mousedev hid]
    usb-ohci 21192 0 (unused)
    usbcore 77472 1 [hid usb-ohci]

    "natsemi" is the module for my ethernet card, i have a firewire port (so both the 1394 are there) and i have a "trident" sound card. Other than that, i don't see other modules for any type of wireless card.

    orinoco_cs and prism2_pci where my two hopes for making it work ... anybody out there know what driver should i use?

    Thanks.

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    i couldnt find a drievr fo ru specifically (in the 20 mins in tried anyway) but i did find this
    http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_...ess.usage.html
    which looks liek it might be good but i dont have time to read all of it

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    oooh... bad news

    Thanks for the link... i gave it a read and tells me to first find the driver for my card (duh!), and gave a huge list of them.

    Guess what card is on the "List of Shame"?

    From: http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_...s.drivers.html

    "Cards based on the Broadcom chipset (802.11b or 802.11g) are not supported, and Broadcom seems to not respond to inquiries about Linux, despite listing Linux in their product documentation."

    Hmpf ... i also made a more in depth research on it, and i found out in some forum that HP seems to have in "experimental stage" a driver for it. Oh well ... seems that i have to have patience for this.

    Thanks a lot Hellmasker, you helped out a lot. If anyone else out there can give me some more insight on this subject, it's very welcome.

    Thanks again.

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    Exclamation May be...

    Im about to try this:
    http://zoftweb.blogspot.com/2006_04_...b_archive.html
    This is not the sollution I wanted but...
    Ill try.. I have the same (HP wlan 54g W450)
    Thats all
    Maion

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