Re: Problem initializing card

From: David Levitan (
Date: 2002-08-11 23:44:00 UTC

Well, I was finally able to get to the bottom of it. It wasn't a problem with the hostap driver, nor with the pcmcia modules. It was actually a kernel problem with IRQ configuration. Apparently the multiple PCI busses on the board screwed up the IRQ assignment, and the only way to solve it was to pass a pci=biosirq option to the kernel on boot. Thanks for the help,
David Levitan

Jouni Malinen wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 03, 2002 at 12:39:33AM -0400, David Levitan wrote:
>>I recently upgraded my server (which runs hostap) to a dual athlon 1600
>>system. I had problems getting memory address space for pcmcia-cs, but
>>eventually installed Win2K on the system and got the address spaces that
>>Win2K used. The card is now recognized correctly and the hostap_cs
>>driver is loaded.
> Which wlan card? What kind of pcmcia interface?
>>wlan0: hfa384x_cmd - timeout - reg=0xffff
>>hostap_cs: first command failed - is the card compatible?
> pcmcia-cs was apparently able to read the card CIS successfully (from
> attr mem), but I/O access does not seem to work at all. pcmcia-cs seems
> to have selected I/O ports 0x0a00-0x0a3f. If nothing else works, you
> could try to exclude that range so that it would test another area. Have
> you tested any other driver or PC Card with the same setup?

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