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    Sitecom WL-011 PCMCIA 802.11b ATMEL based card

    Hello,

    I tried to get this working with the Cd based 05-20 release, but it didn't work. I'm a newbie...
    When trying to follow up the thread from patmad and pboddie i encountered some problems and have some questions:
    - where can i find the right kernel sources (i'm working CD based...)
    - xvnet needs the libforms... Do in need xvnet?
    - can't the pcifvnet.o file be distributed?
    - when will ATMEL based cards be supported direct from knoppix?
    - which tool i need to configure?

    - is there already support for 802.11g cards based on the broadcom chip?

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    Re: Sitecom WL-011 PCMCIA 802.11b ATMEL based card

    Quote Originally Posted by jbrbv
    I tried to get this working with the Cd based 05-20 release, but it didn't work. I'm a newbie...
    When trying to follow up the thread from patmad and pboddie i encountered some problems and have some questions:
    - where can i find the right kernel sources (i'm working CD based...)
    I imagine that you're going to have difficulties testing this unless someone can suggest a way of inserting the kernel modules from an arbitrary point in the filesystem - you obviously can't copy them into /lib/modules when that filesystem is probably read-only.

    I can't remember if you actually need the kernel sources for the at76c503a driver (although this isn't necessarily relevant for you since you suggest that you're using a PCI-based card). What you do need, however, are the kernel include files. I think Knoppix has both of these things available under /usr/src.

    Quote Originally Posted by jbrbv
    - xvnet needs the libforms... Do in need xvnet?
    I've never bothered with it. I can imagine that the at76c503a driver can be configured using any graphical tool that knows about the wireless parameters, which in itself isn't exotic. The atmelwlandriver module can also probably be configured in a similar way, if you ignore the /bin/fastvnet.sh tricks with /etc/modules.conf that are mentioned in the documentation.

    Quote Originally Posted by jbrbv
    - can't the pcifvnet.o file be distributed?
    - when will ATMEL based cards be supported direct from knoppix?
    In Knoppix? I suppose so, with the usual conformance to the GPL. It's a question of someone building it in, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by jbrbv
    - which tool i need to configure?
    First, you need to make sure that the driver you've chosen knows the vendor and product identifers for your network card (usually involving an edit of one of the source files). Then, you need to get the driver build infrastructure to recognise your kernel sources - see earlier posts for some hints, since this can involve a lot of hassle with the atmelwlandriver scripts. Then, you need to install the modules in /lib/modules, although if you're working from CD, you need to find a way of not having to install them in that location, but instead to insert them into the running kernel from another place - I don't know enough about the kernel module system to say whether this is easily done, especially since I've only tried all this on a hard disk installation of Knoppix (and with Red Hat and Mandrake). Then, you need to find out which settings your card requires and to apply them using iwconfig, followed by a test of the network using ifconfig and related tools. Finally, you need to edit some files (/etc/network/interfaces on Knoppix/Debian) to make your settings "stick" and to configure the network side of things (as opposed to the device itself). Since you're working from the CD, you would also need to use various tricks to store the configuration somewhere else.

    Quote Originally Posted by jbrbv
    - is there already support for 802.11g cards based on the broadcom chip?
    That's a question which has been addressed in another thread, I believe.

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    Hmmm,

    Tried with your KERNEL_SRC suggestion, but still the pcifvnet.o has the same old kernel 2.4.20 error (i'm using a PCMCIA card).
    Guess i'll wait till ATMEL support is included in Knoppix.

    Thanks.

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    The last version of Knoppix (9/5/2003) works perfect! My atmel-based wireless card is identified immediately and works fine.
    Thnx for implementing the drivers/modules!!

    Patrick

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    I also tried to download the new version from knoppix to try and get it to run with my netgear ma101b usb device which is also atmel based. The new version (9/5/03) did NOT detect it. This was from the cd boot that i did. Currently i am still trying to haggle with the berlios driver, so far i can get the driver and the usb device registered but i cant for the life of me figure out what else i have to do to get it all to work so i can finally just view pages on the net. I cant even ping my own network! In other words, nix, nada, nothing. The hd install was using the 7-26 version of knoppix. I believe I almost have it all worked out but in the meantime i will have to continue my posts with windows

    Any and all suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated...

    Thanks

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