A couple beginner questions ..
proski at gnu.org
Fri Jan 23 02:01:34 EST 2004
On Thu, 22 Jan 2004, Jouni Malinen wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 22, 2004 at 12:53:46PM -0500, Pavel Roskin wrote:
> > It should be OK. There is one exception that should be fixed. If you use
> > one of the new flashless cards, you have to specify "no_primary=1" for the
> > module. This setting is global and it will affect other cards. As is
> > stands now, you cannot use flashless and normal cards in the same system.
> > Flashless cards are D-Link DWL-520 revision E and DWL-650 revision P.
> Why wouldn't one be able use "normal cards" with no_primary=1 setting?
> It is only used when initialization fails to allow the driver to
> continue in limited mode. There shouldn't be any problems with enabling
> it for all cards.. I'm even considering of removing it or just making it
> default to 1. That would make it unnecessary to try to come up with
> mechanisms for detecting when the card does not have full flash.
I misinterpreted a bug that I keep seeing but cannot reproduce while
paying attention. Sometimes when hostap_pci or hostap_plx (observed with
each of them) is loaded with no_primary=1, hostap_cs fails to bind to the
socket (I don't remember the exact message). I guess "no_primary" is in
fact irrelevant to this bug.
Indeed, no_primary=1 doesn't prevent "normal" cards from working (just
tested it with PCMCIA and PCI). I agree that it should be removed. A
positive side effect is that the driver will recognize misflashed cards
rather than reject them.
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