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5 Sep 2005
I'm trying to get a Symbol Wireless Networker CF card (Symbol Spectrum24 High Rate Wireless Networker, P/N LA-4137-1020-WW) working with my SL-5500, Sharp ROM 3.10. Two questions:

(1) If you have a wireless CF card (_any_ brand) that is working on the SL-5500 with the 3.10 ROM, what is the output of dmesg, cardctl ident, iwconfig, etc. supposed to look like?

(2) Has anyone gotten this card working with the 3.10 ROM?

From what I can tell, the card seems to be recognized, and the light flashes a couple times when I first plug it in, but never after that. I assume that means it's not working; or is it that it can't talk to the wireless router (a Netgear WGR614)?

I'm assuming that this is the device described in section 3.10 of Jean Tourrilhes's Linux Wireless Howto, and that the driver which should be used is the one in section 3.13:

Do I need to install the driver, or is it included in the 3.10 ROM?


eth0: Station identity 0021:0002:0002:0001
eth0: Looks like a Symbol firmware version [F3.10-06] (parsing to 31006)
eth0: Ad-hoc demo mode supported
eth0: IEEE standard IBSS ad-hoc mode supported
eth0: WEP supported, 104-bit key
eth0: MAC address 00:A0:F8:A0:C3:56
eth0: Station name "Prism I"
eth0: ready
eth0: index 0x01: Vcc 3.3, irq 35, io 0xc5670000-0xc5670047
sa1100_pcmcia_suspend(0) <-- what does this mean?

ifconfig eth0:

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:A0:F8:A0:C3:56
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

cardctl ident:

Socket 0:
product info: "Symbol", "Spectrum24 LA4100 Series WLAN PC Card", "1.00"
manfid: 0x026c, 0x0001
function: 6 (network)
Socket 1:
no product info available

iwconfig eth0:

eth0 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID:"" Nickname:"Prism I"
Mode:Managed Bit Rate:11Mb/s Tx-Power=15 dBm
RTS thr:off


Module Size Used by
sa1100_bi 23088 0 (unused)
net_fd 16688 0 (unused)
usbdcore 22592 0 [sa1100_bi net_fd]
kbdsim 1008 0
usbdmonitor 5488 0
sharp_mmcsd_m 27408 2
devinfo 2912 0 (unused)


device "spectrum_cs"
# class "network" module "hermes", "orinoco", "spectrum_cs"
class "spectrum" module "hermes", "orinoco", "spectrum_cs"

card "LA4100 Spectrum24 CF WLAN Card"
manfid 0x026c, 0x0001
bind "spectrum_cs"

card "Socket Communications CF+ LP WLAN Card"
manfid 0x0104, 0x0001
bind "spectrum_cs"

The symptoms seem pretty similar to those described in this thread, using a different wireless CF card:

Unfortunately the poster in that thread never found a solution, and ended up returning the card.
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