if_wpi is all kinds of broken

Warren Block wblock at wonkity.com
Mon May 17 15:05:36 UTC 2010

On Mon, 17 May 2010, Dominic Fandrey wrote:
> On 17/05/2010 15:44, Tom Evans wrote:
>> Note that not all laptops will play nicely with different wifi cards.
>> My old HP laptop would not boot up past the BIOS if you replaced the
>> wifi card with one not in its magic list, which I found out after I
>> had bought an ath based mini pci-e card to replace it (which is still
>> spare if anyone wants it).
> Thanks for that information. I know that the if_wpi driver does some stuff
> with the bluetooth hardware (I think the bluetooth hardware is part of the
> wpi hardware) and the BIOS allows some pretty dedicated settings.
> It really might all blow up if I exchange the hardware. I'll have to give
> it a try, though. I think I still have an old ipw lying around somewhere
> (from a broken Thinkpad), if this works I might consider buying ath.

The ipw card in my T42 is the older mini-PCI (no "e").

ipw has some driver problems (kern/142766), but Bernhard Schmidt is 
working on it and has it somewhat functional now.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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