Hostap and Wet11
proski at gnu.org
Thu Mar 11 20:42:32 EST 2004
On Fri, 12 Mar 2004, Neil wrote:
> 1: i set up hostap using toshiba laptop P2-266-96MB and card from a WET-11
You forgot to mention version of hostap.
> I try to update card using winupdate with prism25-156.zip firmware found
> from above link.
If you came here to tell HostAP users and developers that you don't trust
it for firmware upgrades, maybe you could at least hint at the reason?
I believe prism2_srec from recent versions of HostAP (0.1.3 and 0.2.0) is
more reliable than winupdate.
> when i start winupdate it load in memory "i see it with CTL+ALT+DEL but
> it never comes the foreground .
I think you have a driver that loads firmware into the RAM. For winupdate
to work, this option should be turned off in the driver.
> So I updated the card using DOS>flash.exe V0.5
> flash -legacy -5v
> flash -legacy -5v -on -i Pk010101.hex
> flash -legacy -5v -g -d sf010506.hex
> All seems ok and now i see from dmesg
> wlan0: NIC: id=0x801b v1.0.0
> wlan0: PRI: id=0x15 v1.0.7
> wlan0: STA: id=0x1f v.1.5.6
It means that you could not upgrade primary firmware. Not that it's
necessarily a problem if the card still responds. But you'll need more
recent primary firmware for upgrading secondary firmware to newer
> I would like to try later firmware 1.7.1 1.7.4 1.8 but as i cant backup
> working card with winupdate Or flash.exe it wont play backup either for
Backup can bring more dangers than it fixes. As long as you don't use the
"-i" switch with prism2_srec, it's won't allow you to kill the card. And
even in the worst case, Prism 2.5 chipset has software genesis mode, so
you can always recover the card.
> Can any one help me with some reason winupdate not working befor i kill
> my card with trying other firmware.
Try prism2_srec without the "-f" option. This way, it only checks
compatibility. This is described in the Mini-howto on Flashing Intersil
Prism Chipsets: http://linux.junsun.net/intersil-prism/
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