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 Wireless card in a PCI slot doesnt work !!
Author: vishal asthana 
Date:   27-10-01 02:55

hi,
we are trying to get a Lucent Orinoco 11 Mbps Wireless
card up and running in a PCI slot on a m/c running freeBSD.

The card is working fine since I tested it on a Laptop running
Windows ME , but I am unable to check it on the BSD machine.

What is the problem ??

Please let me know.
thanks
vishal

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 Re: Wireless card in a PCI slot doesnt work !!
Author: Dan Langille 
Date:   27-10-01 05:38

Try moving it to another PCI slot.

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 Re: Wireless card in a PCI slot doesnt work !!
Author: Gawd 
Date:   30-10-01 19:19

It's a FreeBSD problem, just like Dan says himself in his own article.

I had the same issue, so then tried it on OpenBSD and works flawlessly! But of course, that's OpenBSD for you.. OpenBSD is just better most of the time with new hardware, etc.

I'm now gonna setup OpenBSD as an IPSec based WAP, NAT Router, Transparent IPSec Bridge, yadda yadda yadda... screw WEP! Not secure enough for me.
Just hopefully I'll be able to get 5-6 NICs working in this box without too many IRQ conflicts.

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 Re: Wireless card in a PCI slot doesnt work !!
Author: Gawd 
Date:   30-10-01 20:08

I just confirmed, it's for sure not yet supported in FreeBSD for PCI bridges, only the ISA ones... Might wanna go OpenBSD in the meanwhile if you really need it.

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 Re: Wireless card in a PCI slot doesnt work !!
Author: Vinod Namboodiri 
Date:   31-01-02 22:44

i have heard that if u run atleast freebsd 4.4 stable there is a good chance ur pci cards will work.how much truth is there in this?
Vinod

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 Re: Wireless card in a PCI slot doesnt work !!
Author: Patrik 
Date:   01-02-02 18:01

I succesfully installed FreeBSD4.4 from scratch using Netgear 301/401 PCI/PC-Card-Adapter / Wireless Card on a P133MHz-system. The installers recognized the card right away.
what i didn't get online yet is an old 8MB/386 Laptop (Toshiba T2400CS) with PCMCIA-Slot. the "normal" install-floppys don't get it and the "wireless" extra rootfs.flp even crashes...

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 Re: Wireless card in a PCI slot doesnt work !!
Author: Florian M Unterkircher 
Date:   05-02-02 15:53

Some PCI/PC-Card adapters will only work if PCI 2.2 is supported on the motherboard. Some reported that the Orinoco PCI adapter (aka SCM SwapBox) is such a card.

The Orinoco PCI adapter I recently bought works flawlessly on an older PCI 2.1 motherboard (Intel 430TX PCIset) though. Obviously there are different versions of this card.

In any case, you may want to check whether your problems relate to PCI troubles.

--florian

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 Re: Wireless card in a PCI slot doesnt work !!
Author: Philippe Givet 
Date:   19-07-02 12:42

Same problem with e-mobility Nortel Networks card with PCI adapter on a freeBSD 4.6 station.

I added the card in the pci_ids[] array of /usr/src/sys/dev/wi/if_wi_pci.c and rebuilded the kernel.
dmesg result is :
wi0:<e-mobility Nortel Networks> port oxd ....
wi0:wi_pci_attach()failed to enable pci !
device probe_and_attach:wi attach returned 6

and pciconf -l result :
...
none@pci1:13:0 .....

Any idea for my card ?

Regards,

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