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Jon_J
post Oct 1 2007, 10:02 PM
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I use this wifi card: Ambicom WL1100C
I have 3 hostap packages installed along with wpa_supplicant 0.4.7-2
hostap-driver 0.4.7-3
hostapd 0.4.7-1
hostap-utils 0.4.7-1
I have set up wpa and my settings in wifi-radar and network settings as discussed in several threads here.
My wifi card just blinks awhile and won't connect to my wireless router in wifi-radar. I always get no IP address acquired in wifi-radar
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root-:) lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by    Tainted: P
orinoco_cs              4296   0
hermes                  4960   0  [orinoco_cs]
orinoco                40492   0  [orinoco_cs]
mousedev                4544   1
rfcomm                 33556   0  (autoclean)
l2cap                  16384   2  (autoclean) [rfcomm]
bluez                  33188   1  (autoclean) [rfcomm l2cap]
pxa27x_bi              24828   0  (unused)
net_fd                 25192   0  (unused)
usbdcore               35464   0  [pxa27x_bi net_fd]
usbdmonitor             5456   0
usb-monitor             6440   0
sharp_mmcsd_m          41032   2
bvdd                   11104   0  (unused)

I struggled with this early this year when I first installed pdaxii13 with no results. Why does my card work so smoothly in Cacko and not pdaxii13?
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Jon_J
post Oct 3 2007, 07:22 AM
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Here's what I did and my wifi connection seems to be working now, and works with WPA.
The wifi icon on the taskbar only shows one yellow square, (but it may be lying to me)

I commented out all entries in /etc/pcmcia/config that have matching manfid numbers to my card.
Then uncommented my Ambicom card, (if it was commented out).

I got hostap loading by doing the following:
I edited /etc/pcmcia/hermes.conf. I added these lines near the top of the file:
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device "hostap_cs"
class "hermes"
module "hostap", "hostap_cs"
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Then find the definition for your card (further down in that file) and change the "orinoco_cs" reference to "hostap_cs". The definition for my card nows looks like this:
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card "AmbiCom WL1100C 802.11b CF-Card"
version "AmbiCom", "WL1100C 802.11b CF-Card", "2.2"
manfid 0xd601, 0x0002
bind "hostap_cs"
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After editing /etc/pcmcia/hermes.conf, eject your card and restart the PCMCIA services:
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cardctl eject 0
<remove card>
/etc/rc.d/init.d/pcmcia restart
<insert card>
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At this point my connection was flaky when connecting with wifi-radar, so I did more tweaking.

1. I'm not sure if this action helped. I opened up /etc/pcmcia/hostap_cs.conf
I commented out all entries that matched my card, and then added my card info near the top.
My card info was NOT originally in this file.
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card "AmbiCom WL1100C 802.11b CF-Card"
version "AmbiCom", "WL1100C 802.11b CF-Card", "2.2"
manfid 0xd601, 0x0002
bind "hostap_cs"
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2. This may be what helped to stabilize my connection. I now use the "Network Settings" app to connect, that is only accessable through meanie's pdaxii13.config. It is located here:
/usr/bin/network.cfg (not network.py).
This app allows you to setup WPA and also has a connect button. I placed a shortcut on my desktop and just connect with this network Settings app. All seems to be working fine now with my wifi connection.
I have been surfing for about an hour and have not been disconnected. smile.gif
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post Oct 3 2007, 07:52 AM
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QUOTE(Jon_J @ Oct 3 2007, 05:22 PM) *
Here's what I did and my wifi connection seems to be working now, and works with WPA.
The wifi icon on the taskbar only shows one yellow square, (but it may be lying to me)


Obviously the number of squares it shows is related to the traffic you generate on the WiFi connection. Try downloading a file and it will get to full-red-line state.

As far as your whole problem with Orinoco: this happens also on plain install of pdaXrom r198. A simple solution to the whole thing is to simply uninstall the orinoco driver if you do not need it (but I guess you are happy with one card, right?). That made it for me. Quick and clean. Might help to others in some cases, instead of heavy editing of config files.
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