[conspire] 802.11 blues

Peregrine wreaky at heavydrums.com
Sun Oct 23 01:52:11 PDT 2005

Ah, what the hell. I'll throw this question out to the list:

I need a PCMCIA wireless card that'll 'just work' with Linux. Anyone know
where I can get one?

I bought a svelte Sony Vaio on Ebay. It's the PCG-5322 model (aka
PCG-z505LEK). She's kinda slim on the brains and memory, but what a figure -
2.5 lbs - and cheap! It'll boot quite handily from the external USB CD/DVD
drive. Knoppix finds and runs all the hardware. So does SuSe booting from
the hard drive.

I'm having a bastard of a time trying to get wireless connectivity, however.
I've found various lists of PCMCIA cards that are supposed to have chipsets
that are compatible with the drivers built into recent kernels. I've
purchased two so far. When I receive them they turn out to be a "version"
with a different chipset. For instance, the last one I got was the Linksys
WPC11. It's supposed to have a Prism chipset. I ripped it out of the mailing
package, and even before I took the shrinkwrap off I saw the dreaded 'v4'
appended to the model number. Ten seconds of Googling told me that the v4
uses RealTek chips.

This is getting expensive, and I still can't get my Borg outfit going.

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