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Where to begin? Please help. The hardware. This laptop didn't come with any documentation. It has an empty pcmcia socket. It has a switch like an integrated wireless device. When ...
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    ***DANGER*** pcmcia-wireless newbie


    Where to begin? Please help.
    The hardware. This laptop didn't come with any documentation.
    It has an empty pcmcia socket. It has a switch like an integrated
    wireless device. When I flip the switch a light comes on, but I
    don't know if there is a wireless module built in.
    Here is lspci -vv for cardbus
    Code:
    0000:01:0a.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
            Subsystem: Lucent Technologies: Unknown device ab01
            Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
            Status&#58; Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
            Latency&#58; 168, Cache Line Size&#58; 0x20 &#40;128 bytes&#41;
            Interrupt&#58; pin A routed to IRQ 11
            Region 0&#58; Memory at 1f081000 &#40;32-bit, non-prefetchable&#41; &#91;size=4K&#93;
            Bus&#58; primary=01, secondary=02, subordinate=05, sec-latency=176
            Memory window 0&#58; 1f400000-1f7ff000 &#40;prefetchable&#41;
            Memory window 1&#58; 1f800000-1fbff000
            I/O window 0&#58; 00004000-000040ff
            I/O window 1&#58; 00004400-000044ff
            BridgeCtl&#58; Parity- SERR- ISA- VGA- MAbort- >Reset+ 16bInt+ PostWrite+
            16-bit legacy interface ports at 0001
    
    0000&#58;01&#58;0b.0 CardBus bridge&#58; Toshiba America Info Systems ToPIC95 PCI to Cardbus Bridge with ZV Support &#40;rev 33&#41;
            Subsystem&#58; Toshiba America Info Systems&#58; Unknown device 0001
            Control&#58; I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
            Status&#58; Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=slow >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
            Latency&#58; 168
            Interrupt&#58; pin A routed to IRQ 11
            Region 0&#58; Memory at 1f082000 &#40;32-bit, non-prefetchable&#41; &#91;size=4K&#93;
            Bus&#58; primary=01, secondary=06, subordinate=09, sec-latency=0
            Memory window 0&#58; 1fc00000-1ffff000 &#40;prefetchable&#41;
            Memory window 1&#58; 28000000-283ff000
            I/O window 0&#58; 00004800-000048ff
            I/O window 1&#58; 00004c00-00004cff
            BridgeCtl&#58; Parity- SERR- ISA- VGA- MAbort- >Reset- 16bInt+ PostWrite+
            16-bit legacy interface ports at 0001
    I have two kernels to load from, the default for this distro (2.4.22-xfs)
    and 2.6.11. Loading 2.4.22 I see an output for hermes and orinoco
    as modules I think. I've compiled these options as modules and static into
    2.6.11, but had to remove them after kernel messages like this:
    Code:
    Socket c157642c
    PCMCIA ***DANGER*** unable to remove socket power
    I have pcmcia-cs and documentation, but am unfamiliar with wireless networking.
    For now I've removed all 2.6.11 kernel support for pcmcia-wireless.
    thanks

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    Actually it would be better if you sent the print out from "lspci" without verbose mode first of all. That will show a few clues on what you have built in at your LapTop.

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    please paste the output of
    Code:
    lspci
    and either
    Code:
    iwconfig
    or
    Code:
    iwlist scan
    also you may need to goto the 2.6.x kernel to get it working there is better support for wireless init
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    Code:
    pcilib&#58; Cannot open /sys/bus/pci/devices
    0000&#58;00&#58;00.0 Host bridge&#58; Intel Corp. 82852/855GM Host Bridge &#40;rev 01&#41;
    0000&#58;00&#58;00.1 System peripheral&#58; Intel Corp. 855GM/GME GMCH Memory I/O Control Registers &#40;rev 01&#41;
    0000&#58;00&#58;00.3 System peripheral&#58; Intel Corp. 855GM/GME GMCH Configuration Process Registers &#40;rev 01&#41;
    0000&#58;00&#58;02.0 VGA compatible controller&#58; Intel Corp. 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device &#40;rev 01&#41;
    0000&#58;00&#58;02.1 Display controller&#58; Intel Corp. 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device &#40;rev 01&#41;
    0000&#58;00&#58;1d.0 USB Controller&#58; Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM &#40;ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M&#41; USB UHCI Controller #1 &#40;rev 03&#41;
    0000&#58;00&#58;1d.7 USB Controller&#58; Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBM &#40;ICH4/ICH4-M&#41; USB 2.0 EHCI Controller &#40;rev 03&#41;
    0000&#58;00&#58;1e.0 PCI bridge&#58; Intel Corp. 82801 PCI Bridge &#40;rev 83&#41;
    0000&#58;00&#58;1f.0 ISA bridge&#58; Intel Corp. 82801DBM LPC Interface Controller &#40;rev 03&#41;
    0000&#58;00&#58;1f.1 IDE interface&#58; Intel Corp. 82801DBM &#40;ICH4&#41; Ultra ATA Storage Controller &#40;rev 03&#41;
    0000&#58;00&#58;1f.5 Multimedia audio controller&#58; Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM &#40;ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M&#41; AC'97 Audio Controller &#40;rev 03&#41;
    0000&#58;00&#58;1f.6 Modem&#58; Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM &#40;ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M&#41; AC'97 Modem Controller &#40;rev 03&#41;
    0000&#58;01&#58;08.0 Ethernet controller&#58; Intel Corp. 82801BD PRO/100 VE &#40;MOB&#41; Ethernet Controller &#40;rev 83&#41;
    0000&#58;01&#58;0a.0 CardBus bridge&#58; Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller &#40;rev 01&#41;
    0000&#58;01&#58;0b.0 CardBus bridge&#58; Toshiba America Info Systems ToPIC95 PCI to Cardbus Bridge with ZV Support &#40;rev 33&#41;
    iwlist scan
    Code:
    eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
    iwconfig
    Code:
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    When I first installed Knoppix 3.3, netcardconfig/DHCP detected two network interfaces,
    eth0 & eth1. Seems like before I did a full upgrade these two devices changed in order
    once or twice, ie, eth1 was PRO/100 then it became eth0. On a positive note, this new
    kernel works excellent with everything else.
    thanks

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    As from your printouts above there is no WLAN adapter enabled in your computer at the moment. I think you should check your Bios setup if your internal adapter is enabled or not. Some OS's (read windows) do overtake the bios settings if it feels to. :-/ And thats what some distros of Linux do as well, basicly it is done by the OS by reading the Bios information and forces the functionality from what it learned about it.

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