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I cannot get my aironet 350 pcmcia wireless card to work. I just installed gentoo. I am pretty sure the pcmcia socket is working. When I insert the card it ...
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    Gentoo aironet 350


    I cannot get my aironet 350 pcmcia wireless card to work. I just installed gentoo. I am pretty sure the pcmcia socket is working. When I insert the card it shows up in the file system as /sys/bus/pcmcia/devices as a 0.0.

    part of lsmod:
    nvidia 5797104 26
    pcmcia 21420 0
    firmware_class 4736 1 pcmcia
    yenta_socket 15628 3
    rsrc_nonstatic 7296 1 yenta_socket
    pcmcia_core 19476 3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic

    I did an emerge pcmcia-cs. From what i read i thought this contained the airo_cs module which is what i think i need. When I try to autoload the airo_cs at boot it fails to load. iwconfig shows no wireless devices. I have been working on it all night looking through forums and man pages and anything i can find. any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    In Linux wireless, the most important thing is to identify the chipset on the card. This can vary on cards with the same model number.

    To identify what you have, enter this in a terminal (as root) and post the output.
    Code:
    # lspci
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    lspci outout:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to I/O Controller (rev 03)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to AGP Controller (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 81)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 01)
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01)
    00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 01)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34M [GeForce FX Go5200 64M] (rev a1)
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401 100Base-T (rev 01)
    02:01.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI4510 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 02)
    02:01.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCI4510 IEEE-1394 Controller

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    Was the wireless card in the slot when you ran lspci?
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    indeed it was. also the card was just working less that a week ago on a slackware install

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    Then, my guess is that the card is this.
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     02:01.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI4510 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 02)
    More research is needed on which driver you need to load. Preliminary search finds a module called airo, you may try that.
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    Here is a rather old site about your card.
    http://www.goonda.org/wireless/aironet/

    The most important part, is the modprobe command.
    Code:
    modprobe airo_cs
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    OK, I did a little more research. The driver module that you need is called airo. It is included in the kernel, you may need to check. If you cannot load the module, check the kernel to see if it was compiled in as a module.

    Go to the kernel source files, (add them if you don't already have them)
    In a terminal, enter this as root.
    Code:
    # make menuconfig
    Go to this directory:
    Device Drivers --->
    Network device support --->
    Wireless LAN (non-hamradio) --->

    There should be a "M" in front of the Cisco/Aironet line:

    <M> Cisco/Aironet 34X/35X/4500/4800 ISA and PCI cards

    The correct module name is airo.
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    ok under wireless LAN i see:

    Network Device support ---->
    Wireless LAN ---->
    [ ] Wireless LAN (pre-802.11)
    [ ] Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11)


    neither are selected. when i hit the 802.11 i can se the airo module so i am gussing it wasnt compiled. I am using 2.6.22 kernel. i used genkernel to compile it since the first time i did it myself i think i missed some things. I am not certain how to complie it. my first question would be is are the settings applied by genkernel the same as the ones i see when i did make menuconfig? so all i have to do is tell it i want airo compiled as a module and im done. or do i have to redo all the options? i think i could muddle my way through but any tips would be appreciated. Thank you so much for your help.

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    perhaps i can just do:

    make modules

    or

    make modules_install

    since i am compiling the airo as a module and not into the kernel

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