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Duke of URL: Linux and Wireless LAN Overview Part 2: The Devices

Apr 13, 2001, 15:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Howard Hinde)

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" The Linux installation wasn't as simple, as most Linux users realize. First off I checked my version of PCMCIA-CS and what cards it supported. My version didn't support either of the cards. I then downloaded the most current version of PCMCIA-CS and installed. It supposedly had limited support for the SMC card, but no go. I then moved onto the Linux-WLAN Project which is supposed to have compatibility for the Prism2 chipset which both cards are based on. However, installation of the Linux-WLAN software is far from smooth. First you need the compiled source code for your kernel AND PCMCIA-CS. So for those of you with generic kernels running on RPM based distributions (RedHat, Mandrake, SuSE, etc.), you have a lot of work ahead of you. First, you need to compile a custom kernel and install it. Second, and much more difficult, is custom compiling your current version of PCMCIA-CS. You first have to do an "rpm -rebuild" to custom compile PCMCIA-CS, even though the -rebuild flag gives you a new rpm to install, it deletes all the "work" source. After you install the new custom compiled PCMCIA-CS you need to 'rpm -recompile' only then do you have the build source left available to you. Even after all that, the usage of the card is tricky at best. If you have the card in during boot, it will always fail. If you insert the card after boot it will fail about half of the time. The other half of the time it works as well in Linux as it did in Windows."

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