Fwd: Messed up PCMCIA firmware
proski at gnu.org
Mon Jul 21 16:28:30 EDT 2008
On Sat, 2008-07-19 at 16:11 -0700, Madhusudan Singh wrote:
> If I do the following :
> sudo prism2_srec -vv -gp -O /proc/net/hostap/wlan0/pda wlan0
> ak010101.hex (this file is from version 1.5.6 of the firmware on
> followed by,
> sudo prism2_srec -vv -rp -O /proc/net/hostap/wlan0/pda wlan0
> rf010704.hex (this file is from version 1.7.4 of the firmware)
Why did you need to override the path to pda? From what I see in the
code of hostap-utils-0.4.7, it should not be needed.
> and wait a few seconds, I can get Networkmanager to get the interface
> working again (with WPA support - which I am using to send this
Great. So, things are not so bad.
> The problem now is that once I eject the card, and then re-insert it,
> I have to load the primary firmware and the station firmware again.
> I do not mind doing that manually in a pinch, but if there were a way
> to restore this card to its pre-mess up stage, it would be better. You
> do not need to tell me what I need to do, I will figure out the
> commands I need. No hand-holding needed.
> I imagine I need to use the -f option (the one that got me into this
> mess to start with) with some version of the primary firmware, but I
> do not know which.
You need flashable primary firmware that starts with "pk" (like
pl010101.hex) and flashable secondary firmware that starts with
"sf" (sf010704.hex for 1.7.4 firmware).
> Hopefully, I can someday use this card with the orinoco drivers
> without the need to load the firmware everytime I need to get on the
That should work once you flash the firmware. But orinoco driver
doesn't support WPA yet. There are experimental patches, but there was
absolutely no interest to them. I haven't seen anyone reporting success
or failure with those patches.
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