Linux on Sony Vaio - Built-in Wireless

2003-01-14 15:50:00 +0000

First, you’ll need to recompile your kernel, with the following options:


Then, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got the PCMCIA and wireless packages installed: apt-get install pcmcia-cs wireless-tools.

Add the following lines to /etc/modules:

# Load the PCMCIA modules: pcmcia_core yenta_socket ds

Then, when you reboot, the correct modules should be loaded:

$ /sbin/lsmod Module Size Used by Not tainted **orinoco_cs 4520 1** **orinoco 28608 0 [orinoco_cs]** **hermes 5312 0 [orinoco_cs orinoco]** af_packet 8392 3 (autoclean) eepro100 18604 1 (autoclean) mii 2320 0 (autoclean) [eepro100] **ds 6464 2 [orinoco_cs]** **yenta_socket 8704 2** **pcmcia_core 32992 0 [orinoco_cs ds yenta_socket]** thermal 6632 0 (unused) processor 8664 0 [thermal] fan 1576 0 (unused) button 2420 0 (unused) battery 5960 0 (unused) ac 1832 0 (unused) unix 13572 55 (autoclean)

You’ll need to edit the /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts file as well. Find the section entitled “Lucent Wavelan IEEE (+ Orinoco, RoamAbout and ELSA)”. Fortunately, it’s the first proper section in the file. Edit it like this:

# Lucent Wavelan IEEE (+ Orinoco, RoamAbout and ELSA) # Note : wvlan_cs driver only, and version 1.0.4+ for encryption support *,*,*,00:60:1D:*|*,*,*,00:02:2D:*) **INFO="Sony Vaio Orinoco card"** **ESSID="essid"** MODE="Managed" **KEY="0123456789"** ;;

Obviously, put the correct values for your wireless network in the ESSID and KEY variables. Put anything you want in the INFO variable. You’ll also need to add the following line to /etc/network/interfaces:

**iface eth1 inet dhcp**

Without this line, you’ll get a message “Ignoring unknown interface eth1=eth1.” Then, check to see if your wireless networking comes up by:

/etc/pcmcia# ./network start eth1

Use ifconfig to confirm that it’s working.

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