[PATCH] hostap: allow flashing firmware

Henrik Brix Andersen brix at gentoo.org
Thu Jan 5 06:34:58 EST 2006


On Wed, Jan 04, 2006 at 09:18:57PM -0800, Jouni Malinen wrote:
> I'm not completely against this change, but that scary comment is there
> on purpose and it is not fully obsolete. It is still possible to get
> HFA3841 cards into state which require hardware modifications to recover
> from (i.e., they are as good as dead for most users). Taken into this
> account, I would prefer that the help text for HOSTAP_FIRMWARE_NVRAM
> would include a warning about the potential issues of using incorrect
> firmware images. In most cases, RAM (volatile) download can be used to
> upgrade the firmware without having to modify the flash contents. This
> is also what the current Windows drivers are doing.

I would welcome such a warning as well - perhaps make
CONFIG_HOSTAP_FIRMWARE_NVRAM depend on CONFIG_EXPERIMENTAL as well?

Regards,
Brix
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Henrik Brix Andersen <brix at gentoo.org>
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