if_wpi is all kinds of broken
oberman at es.net
Mon May 24 03:44:54 UTC 2010
> Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 15:18:30 +0200
> From: Dominic Fandrey <kamikaze at bsdforen.de>
> Sender: owner-freebsd-stable at freebsd.org
> On 17/05/2010 23:38, Dominic Fandrey wrote:
> > On 17/05/2010 23:29, Warren Block wrote:
> >> On Mon, 17 May 2010, Christian Walther wrote:
> >>> Hi,
> >>> On 17 May 2010 17:05, Warren Block <wblock at wonkity.com> wrote:
> >>>> On Mon, 17 May 2010, Dominic Fandrey wrote:
> >>>>> [...]
> >>>> The ipw card in my T42 is the older mini-PCI (no "e").
> >>> Yes, and replacing this card is a problem, because the wireless card
> >>> in many IBM Thinkpad Laptops have a custom firmware, and the cards ID
> >>> is listed in the laptops BIOS. It won't work with any card not listed
> >>> there. There are ways to either flash the cards firmware or the BIOS
> >>> list, but I don't think that it's worth it.
> >> Just because I have this link handy:
> >> http://www.paul.sladen.org/thinkpad-r31/wifi-card-pci-ids.html
> >> That also has a link to some information on HP's version of the same thing.
> > The official genuine parts list for my notebook only lists Intel and
> > Boradcom wireless modules. So I suppose I'll just have to risk
> > buying a PCIe Atheros that I cannot use.
> OK, this didn't really come as a surprise, the BIOS doesn't like
> 104-Unsupported wireless network device detected.
> System halted. Remove device and restart.
> I'm currently bypassing this by hotswapping the device after
> passing the BIOS check and I have to say, the Atheros device
> works great! No package loss, no interrupted connections ...
> even though I'm not very close to the AP.
> I put the connection under serious stress and it just keeps
> on working. It actually appears to be /reliable/. A term I
> never dared dream to apply to wireless networking.
It should like the Atheros 5212 as IBM re-sold this a/b/g card for some
time as the "IBM a/b/g" card. I can believe that other Atheros cards
will fail, but that one, if you can find one, should work fine. It does
on my ThinkPad T43, thought the BIOS on yours may be a bit too old. (You
might want to look for BIOS updates that might support it.)
ath0 at pci0:11:2:0: class=0x020000 card=0x057e1014 chip=0x1014168c
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