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How to add a new wireless card

This page describe how to add a new wireless card to your system.

Using the frontend

  • Open “Control Panel” and select “PC/CF Cards”.
  • If the card is not recognized, open “Assign Driver” from “Card” menu.
  • Select a driver from drop down list, click OK and wait some seconds until the driver is loaded.
  • If you see “State: ready” and “Driver: <your selected driver>” you successfully installed the new card.

Without the frontend

For example purposes, the card being referenced will be an ORIGO Wireless Compact Flash Card.

  • First of all, put the card into the CF slot (or PCMCIA if you have a CF-PCMCIA adapter).
  • Next, get yourself to a shell prompt, and become root.
  • Issue a cardctl ident command, your output should be something like this:
Socket 0:
  product info: "WLAN", "11Mbps_PC-Card_3.0", "ISL37100P", "Eval-RevA"
  manfid: 0x000b, 0x7100
  function: 6 (network)
Socket 1:
  no product info available

What we are interested in is the manfid: 0x000b, 0x7100 line.

  • Now, lets take a copy of the pcmcia config file:
cp /etc/pcmcia/config /root/config-pcmcia.orig 
  • Edit the file with your favourite editor and search for Wireless network adapters.
  • Insert a new card by adding the following:
card "Origo 802.11 Wireless Adapter"
manfid 0x000b, 0x7100
bind "orinoco_cs"
  • Save the file as
  • Now, lets copy that file back to the PCMCIA config directory
cp ./ /etc/pcmcia/config 
  • (If prompted, say yes to overwrite the existing config file)
  • Now, we need to restart the PCMCIA subsystem:
/etc/init.d/pcmcia restart 
  • You should now have successfully added the ORIGO card.
software/psion/how_to_add_a_new_wireless_card.txt · Last modified: 2008/05/14 17:54 by