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Author Topic: VL 5.9 light and Netgear WG511v2 "Made in Taiwan"  (Read 1831 times)
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« on: February 09, 2009, 11:25:33 pm »

Can't get my wireless to work... I'm quite close I think however... guess I need some help now...

Hardware: Vaio SR1K, PCMCIA slot
Wireless: Netgear WG511v2 "Made in Taiwan", PCMCIA

Card should run:
1.) runs with xubuntu and ubuntu
2.) there is advice, how to get it run.

What I've done so far:
1.) installed and VL works fine
2.) PCMCIA slot does work (an ethernet card can be connected and will let me into the internet)
3.) lspci shows my card as prism
4.) downloaded firmware p54 on (VL5.9 kernel is older than 2.6.28 => lmac_2.7.0.0.arm)
5.) put the firmware into lib/firmware, renamed it to isl3890 (although... page tells me i should rename it to isl3886, but if so, nothing happens..). rebooted

Where the problems start:
dmesg will lead to an error message saying "prism54: Your card/socket may be faulty, or IRQ line too busy Sad" vasm however keeps on telling me, that he connected successfully to my network (which cannot be, as i don't see that in the routers log...)
Furthermore, if I change my wireless configuration in vasm, saving the settings will lead to the warning "cannot stat `IFACE_file`: No such file or directory"

Problems of understanding explains:

To enable p54, you must first enable mac80211:

Networking  --->
  Wireless  --->
    <M> Improved wireless configuration API
    <M> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)

You can then enable p54 in the kernel configuration under

Device Drivers  --->
  • Network device support  --->
        Wireless LAN --->
  • Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11)
          <M>   Softmac Prism54 support
          <M>     Prism54 USB support
          <M>     Prism54 PCI support

- do I need to do that?
- if so, how am I doing that (I have no idea what they mean...).

hope, some of you guys can help me...
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009, 09:38:39 am »

pls provide output of lspci, lspcmcia and lsmod. Thanks.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2009, 09:59:30 am »

also I assume you have enabled the pcmcia service using vasm?  - because it is not enabled by default.

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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2009, 10:15:59 am »

output of

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 03)
00:08.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Sony Corporation CXD3222 i.LINK Controller (rev 02)
00:09.0 Multimedia audio controller: Yamaha Corporation YMF-754 [DS-1E Audio Controller]
00:0a.0 Communication controller: Conexant HSF 56k Data/Fax Modem (Mob WorldW SmartDAA) (rev 01)
00:0c.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c475 (rev 80)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Neomagic Corporation NM2230 [MagicGraph 256AV+] (rev 30)
02:00.0 Network controller: Intersil Corporation ISL3890 [Prism GT/Prism Duette]/ISL3886 [Prism Javelin/Prism Xbow] (rev 01)

Socket 0 Bridge:        [yenta_cardbus]         (bus ID: 0000:00:0c.0)
  CardBus card -- see "lspci" for more information


Module                  Size  Used by
freq_table              4768  0
sony_laptop            23232  0
snd_seq_dummy           3716  0
snd_seq_oss            32000  0
snd_seq_midi_event      7168  1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq                48624  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_pcm_oss            38144  0
snd_mixer_oss          15360  1 snd_pcm_oss
prism54                53000  0
snd_ymfpci             57376  0
gameport               12296  1 snd_ymfpci
serio_raw               6276  0
snd_ac97_codec         98084  1 snd_ymfpci
ac97_bus                2944  1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_pcm                67844  3 snd_pcm_oss,snd_ymfpci,snd_ac97_codec
snd_opl3_lib           10624  1 snd_ymfpci
snd_timer              20356  4 snd_seq,snd_ymfpci,snd_pcm,snd_opl3_lib
snd_hwdep               7812  1 snd_opl3_lib
snd_page_alloc          8712  2 snd_ymfpci,snd_pcm
snd_mpu401_uart         7808  1 snd_ymfpci
snd_rawmidi            20352  1 snd_mpu401_uart
snd_seq_device          7692  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_opl3_lib,snd_rawmidi
snd                    46628  14 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_ymfpci,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,snd_opl3_lib,snd_timer,snd_hwdep,snd_mpu401_uart,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_device
intel_agp              22420  1
agpgart                28108  1 intel_agp
soundcore               7008  1 snd
i2c_piix4               8332  0
firewire_ohci          16000  0
firewire_core          36928  1 firewire_ohci
crc_itu_t               2816  1 firewire_core
i2c_core               20992  1 i2c_piix4
ohci1394               32432  0
ieee1394               82360  1 ohci1394
shpchp                 30228  0
pci_hotplug            28616  1 shpchp
joydev                  9152  0
evdev                   8704  0

pcmcia service
I did not enable pcmcia service by myself, however, my pcmcia ethernet card works and lets me connect to the internet. Guess that means pcmcia is enabled...

cat /etc/modprobe.conf:
is empty...

ndiswrapper (have been trying this as an alternative):
tried to do that today, but
ndiswrapper -l
yields to:
wg511v2: driver installed - without saying "hardware present".
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2009, 06:28:15 pm »

try this link for using ndiswrapper

PS: some extra info about your card....
« Last Edit: February 11, 2009, 06:36:05 pm by hata_ph » Logged
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2009, 10:48:53 pm »

Knew these pages.


that's why I've asked how to enable p54 as described in

Any other ideas?
ndiswrapper is only a last ressort somehow.
I've read a lot lately, about VL and wireless and seems that most of the people get it to work after a few tricks...
What am I missing out...?
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