Firmware troubles

Martin Hicks mort at bork.org
Wed Oct 5 10:40:03 EDT 2005


On Tue, Oct 04, 2005 at 02:18:34PM -0400, Martin Hicks wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> I don't believe that this has anything to do with HostAP, but I hope
> this group will be able to help me out.
> 
> I've got a Prism 2.5 based Mini-PCI card in my IBM T-23 laptop and it
> (seemingly) spontaneously broke during the summer.  Both HostAP and the
> hermes/orinoco drivers no longer work with the card.

[...]

> 
> So it really looks like there is no primary firmware in the card
> anymore.  How do I get prism2_srec to write a new firmware into RAM or
> flash?  Does anyone know which NICID this card is?

Okay, with a bit of poking at the driver I have confirmed this.  The
driver fails to get the correct result from the card, enables x16 SRAM
genesis mode and goes about life with no_pri = 1.

prism2_srec fails because it tries to read RID 0xfd0b to determine the
card's NICID, which fails due to no_pri=1.

Any help on how to identify this wireless card and for prism2_srec into
RAM genesis mode?

mh

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