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Subject  :  Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  melf mikaelelf@os2ug.se
Date  :  18 Aug, 2005 on 11:16
I've bought an IBM high rate wireless card (wep 64-bit,09N9864), cardbus and Ibm says that I should use the ibmwifi2-driver. I though can't make it functioning. The card is not registered in harwaremanager, it is not seen with rmview.

1)I have an Acer laptop with Texas Instruments 1410- cardbus controller. I use Daniella engerts TI-driver for that and cardbus controller is installed and identified.

2)I use cardbus 8.0 latest upgrade. I've also tried PCMCIA 5.0 with cardbusenabler. Both settings identify ny card as a memory card.

3)TCP/IP settings I've checked the "get automatic DHCP values". I use TCP/IP protocol. I have checked the protocol.ini and the bindings between carddriver and protocol is there.

Is there something more I should do? Should one use other protocols also? Is it really the right driver, is there someone out there using this 64-bit WEP ibm card? Does it have something to do with the cardservice driver?

The card is functioning well under windows.

I would really appreciate help!


Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  Martin
Date  :  18 Aug, 2005 on 16:57
Hi

What can you say about the MTPS. How many network cards do you have configured on the OS2 Box ? Did you set an SSID on the MTPS wireless network card configuration ? Which version of the drivers are you using ?

Regards
Martin


Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  Fahrvenugen
Date  :  18 Aug, 2005 on 17:32
Hi,

I ran into difficulties getting my wireless card (a Linksys WPC11) working under OS/2... a few questions...

What version of OS/2 are you using? Warp 3, Warp 4, or MCP (eCS)?

Do any other PCMCIA cards work for you? (If not, there could be a problem with the PC Card stuff - I ended up going through 3 different versions of the PC Card Director (playwill) before I found one which worked on my Compaq laptop)

When you go into the PC Card Director, is it assigning an IRQ and IO to the card? If not, you may have to put values into the IRQ and IO values in the MPTS card setup (protocol.ini).

And related question - in the MPTS setup for the card, is it set to use "polling instead of Interrupt" for the resource allocation? If so, try turning this off (so it will use Interrupt) and assign the values - preferably find an IRQ and IO which is not in use by anything else. (on my laptop - a Compaq Armada - I assigned IRQ 15 and IO 140). On my system I never did get the "polling" option to work.

On a final note, when getting the card working - initially I found that if I turned off all encryption on my wireless router, and assigned a valid IP address in OS/2 manually (rather then use DHCP), it made it quicker to get the card working. Once I got the card working without encryption and DHCP, I was then able to go back and turn these options back on one at a time and eventually get it to work.

Hope this helps


Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  melf mikaelelf@os2ug.se
Date  :  20 Aug, 2005 on 11:09
To answer your questions:

System: eCS 1.1 fp 4
Networkcards: Just this IBM PCCard
Driver version: 2.01 (cardservice, daniella)
Other settings: Polling is off, SSID i set, IRQ is set. I've now tested manual settings instead of DHCP

My main problem is that I dont even get the power lamp to turn on. Now I've tested Cardbus 5.0(or what it is called) without cardbusenabler, and I get at least a readymessage, but still it is identified as a memorycard, and no power apparently. I've also tested the setting for pointenabled drivers (or something, I don't know what that means), no luck.

I will check out driver messages and come back. Unfortunately some laptops, like this Acer I have, cant reproduce these messages, due to some graphic incompabilitys, so I have to connect to an outside screen, to see them.

I guess the problem is turning out to deal about the carddirector problem if it is not just the driver?


Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  Martin
Date  :  20 Aug, 2005 on 16:55
You can possible also test teh PCMCIA with other card. Check if the PCMCIA is working with some ethernet or modem card.

If it work possible we can say that it is the wireless card driver.


Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  zman zirkle@wizard.net
Date  :  20 Aug, 2005 on 17:21
the driver for your wifi card might be a "point enabler driver" like the ones that the xircom cardbus ethernet cards i use. these drivers do not need and do not co exist with ibm's card slot software without telling the pcmcia driver to ignore the slot that the point enabler device is in. the pc director software directions confused me for several years when trying to get my tp770z working ( it has a slim scsi adapter). the tp600s i support were easy since i didn't install the pc director. the light not coming on is telling! also i'd set all your drivers to verbose to see that they load and get an interupt. unfortunately pc card support on os/2 is an aweful mess

Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  melf mikaelelf@os2ug.se
Date  :  20 Aug, 2005 on 18:03
Thanks for your answers. I have now checked messages when booting up. And from that I can tell that the ndis driver protests when I set an Irq that is occupied or when I set an Io adress that is occupied. When I on the other hand use a free irq and free io-adress it seems to load just right on. If I use the DHCP-setting, the message is that the DHCP klient can't find parameters. If I do a manual setting it just boots on. But..no light and the card is not seen by rmview, and still its looked upon(from carddirectors point of vue) as a memory card.

I have som cards which I've never get working in OS/2 on my older laptop (DEll cpi) so I don't trust these cards.

I agree that PCMCIA in OS/2 and eComStation is some mess. Serenity should do something about that, it would make life easier.


Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  Fahrvenugen
Date  :  20 Aug, 2005 on 18:56
Hmm... this reminds me of the headaches I went through trying to get my laptop to work with PCMCIA. Unfortunately figuring out whether it is a Cardbus problem, or a problem with the wifi driver isn't easy as has been pointed out - PCMCIA is a mess.

A few items to check. In the card setup, the Vendor ID should be 0x0156

And the Device ID should be 0x0002

That's according to the WIFI stuff on os2warp.be at

http://www.os2warp.be/index2.php?name=wifidevs

Also as you've found, put the card on its own IRQ and IO values.

Also, you might want to try some of the other PCMCIA chipset drivers out there. My own laptop (a Compaq with a TI chipset, can't recall which chipset off the top of my head) never worked with the PCMCIA driver listed for it. Yet through trial and error (and a lot of reboots!) I eventually found that the SS2INTEL.SYS driver worked on it. You've probably already checked, but there is a list of drivers and such at:

http://www.os2warp.be/index2.php?name=pcmciaentry

I remember my WPC11 card turned up initially as something else in the PC Card Director - I can't recall what it was (and it is working now, so I'm not about to go and change things around to try and see what it was turning up as). I wasn't able to get it to work properly until it was finally turning up as a LAN card. So that's probably a good first step.

Good luck!


Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  Sebadoh sys3175@optonline.net
Date  :  21 Aug, 2005 on 00:59
Sorry to tell you this guys, but PCMCIA is a mess in ANY OS. I have a thinkpad 600e w/ WinXP, WinME, and OS/2 and half the time windows mis-identifies a card. I've even found that I have to turn off IRDA support if I want pc cards to work. It is a mess, and it is the cost of using a laptop =) Good luck dude, I never got my Linksys working (mostly because there are no drivers for the RealTek wireless chipset in OS/2)

Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  Kim
Date  :  21 Aug, 2005 on 21:09
Mess or not, but often on laptop there is a need to disable IRDA and I've actually disabled it but more of the reason that I don't have any use for it. But, I'm running with the same card within OS2 and Win XP and there is no problem at all using this card. Using a Dell 8600 system.

Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  melf mikaelelf@os2ug.se
Date  :  22 Aug, 2005 on 17:16
Thanks to all of you guys for helping advices, but it seems, for the moment, impossible to make this card install. Vendor and device ID as Fahrvenugen points out can't be configured with this driver. I've tried to make an src-scriptfile for autoconfiguration, but doesn't work. I have a correspondance with emeawarp, which is very very slow but it seems to be the last hope.

Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  Kim
Date  :  22 Aug, 2005 on 19:31

Kim (21 Aug, 2005 21:09):
Mess or not, but often on laptop there is a need to disable IRDA and I've actually disabled it but more of the reason that I don't have any use for it. But, I'm running with the same card within OS2 and Win XP and there is no problem at all using this card. Using a Dell 8600 system.

Wait wait... your sitting duck with a PC-Card, right okey, I was thinking of the miniPCI version of the IBM Wireless card. Okey, then I agree with the mess to get it to run. But, would you be able to make use of miniPCI?

Just wondering but have you managed to make use of any other pc-card/cardbus hardware?


Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  melf mikaelelf@os2ug.se
Date  :  22 Aug, 2005 on 23:25
No, unforuntely there is no place for a minipci. Well I have a two ordinary networkcards, which have never worked, neither in this or with my older dell cpi. One is a Xircom, the other a realtek 8139. The curious thing is that the onboard network card, which is a Via Rhine II, is impossible to install too. Though there is new so called MAC-ndis drivers available at warp.be. Otherwise that should have been a solution, to get a wireless bridge.

Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  melf mikaelelf@os2ug.se
Date  :  24 Aug, 2005 on 13:35
Now I am as happy as the smiley to the left. The card is functioning!!! The solution was to reserve memory adress for pmcia-cardservice. I've heard of it before but now I found the tip at APSofts site. I tried several times and was nearly giving it up, when I once again checked the memoryadress for cardservice in rmview, and understood that I'd missunderstood the memoryadress and put in the wrong numbers in the RESERVE.SYS statement. When that was right the powerlamp lighted for the first time, and the card was correctly identified as a LAN-card! Then configuring the driver was easy and DHCP is functioning without problems.
Thanks again for your efforts to help me!

I'm now sittin on my balcony writing this in my eComStation-environment!


Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  Kim
Date  :  24 Aug, 2005 on 14:49
Ok, that's the same issue that I had with a LinkSys card; to get it to work you need to reserve memory space. Guess that many people has have the same problem and just gave up; well I did and got my hands on a mPCI card but later on manage to get the LinkSys card to work proper.

Subject  :  Re:Configuring a wireless card
Author  :  melf mikaelelf@os2ug.se
Date  :  26 Aug, 2005 on 13:20
I should also add that I bought the APSOFT socket service driver and it seems now that I need it. When I try the system with Daniellas TI-driver I doesn't get the card to function. IT is seen and conigured but non functioning. When I shift back to Apsoft it works again.

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